The University of Exeter

Modular Foundation, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
  • English
The Modular Foundation offered by The University of Exeter is a short programme for those who wish to experience life as an international student at the University of Exeter where you will improve your study skills and knowledge in a subject related to your academic interests.


Why apply for the Modular Foundation programme?
  • University-style teaching with high contact hours and small class sizes
  • A campus-based programme with access to university facilities including the Library, Sports Park, student societies and support services
  • Regular assessment to monitor your progress
What is the Modular Foundation?
The Modular Foundation programme from The University of Exeter combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. It is ideal for students on a gap year who wish to experience university life in another country.
The programme gives you the opportunity to:
  • Improve your language, study and research skills in preparation for undergraduate study
  • Increase your knowledge of academic theory and content
  • Study for one or two semesters
  • Attend classes with students on the International Foundation programme
  • Have full university status
  • About 40% of classes focus on the subject-based modules that relate directly to your pathway. The remainder consists of tuition in academic English and study skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 6 months
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

You?ll have the opportunity to choose from a number of subjects, including*:
Humanities, Law and Social Science
  • English Law
  • Film and Literary Studies
  • History
  • World Politics and International Relations
Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
Economics, Finance and Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Mathematics

* Subject to availability


Who should apply for the Modular Foundation?The course is ideal for students looking to experience life in the UK and improve their English while studying a relevant subject. You'll have the option to study just one or two terms, giving you experience and valuable study skills.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

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Academic Requirements

Academic requirements:
  • You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades.
English requirements:
  • IELTS 5.5 overall (Subskill requirements vary according to the specific pathway)
Age requirements:
  • 17 years and above

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4600 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4600 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Exeter

  • 649 - 1090 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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