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International English Foundation Course

The course is designed for students who have finished high school, and would like to develop both their English language and academic skills before they start their undergraduate degree.

Next Start Date: January

UCAS Code: Apply directly

Duration: 9 January 2017 – 11 August 2017


Why choose Abertay's Foundation course?

Studying abroad is a fantastic but challenging experience, particularly if this will be your first experience of living in another country.  The IEFP is designed to help you get the most from your time at Abertay - and in Scotland - by making sure that you are really ready for your degree.  It will help you to understand what university life is like; you will get to know Abertay and the city of Dundee, and of course, you'll meet other international students.  You will also have the opportunity to study subject modules alongside local students so that you really feel you are part of the Abertay family.

Passing the course gives you entry to a wide range of Abertay University degrees.  Please contact if you have any questions about entry requirements for degree programmes.

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What you study

What will I study?

This is a full-time course with 20 hours of contact time each week; each English language class has a maximum of 14 students.

Classes focus on developing the four skills:

  • Writing: Understanding and planning different assignments, using sources, avoiding plagiarism, and improving your accuracy.
  • Reading: Strategies to help you to read academic books, journal articles and internet sources more effectively.
  • Listening: Strategies for both formal settings such as lectures, and informal discussions and conversations.
  • Speaking: Giving presentations and taking part in seminars.

Additionally, we aim to develop your language skills so you can communicate with confidence in and out of class.

However, successful study in the UK also involves other skills, particularly critical thinking, independent learning and academic literacy.  This is why the course incorporates subject modules, taught by lecturers, which you will attend with local students.  This allows you to really experience what it's like to be a student at Abertay and to get to know a wide range of people who study here at the University.

You can choose from two foundation routes:  Study for Science or Study for Social Science.  On each route you will study one core module and will also select a Business, Computing or Health and Sports Science module. 


The course begins on 12 January 2015 and finishes on 14 August 2015.  It is divided into two terms, with specific weeks dedicated to feedback, exams and vacations.

Entry routes

You need to graduate high school in your own country with good grades, and have a minimum of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.

Fees and scholarships

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Further info

More information

On our website, you will find information for International students, a list of our undergraduate courses, and further details of our English Language support.


Abertay University has accommodation in the heart of the city, a few minutes' walk from the campus.  For more information, view our  pages. 

You can also email or telephone +44 (0)1382 308059.

Enquiries and Application

For further information, or to discuss your application:

English for International Students
Tel: +44 (0)1382 308425 or email

To make an application:

Student Recruitment Office
Tel:  +44 (0)1382 308080 or email

Or you can go to:

If you have questions about visas or other documentation:

Advisory Service
Tel:  +44 (0)1382 308051 or email

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