International Foundation in Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance


The International Foundation Year provides the academic and English language training you need to succeed at a world-class university. Once you successfully complete this foundation programme and achieve the required grades, you can progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at Durham University.

Key information

This programme is for international students aiming to study an undergraduate degree in a business, economics, accounting or finance field at Durham University.

  • Develop the academic and English language skills you need to meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.
  • Gain a grounding in study skills and terminology as well as practical experience with research methods and critical thinking.
  • Adjust to the UK education system and build a foundation in business concepts at a university level.
  • Build a foundation of economics or a foundation in accounting and finance subjects before starting your degree.
  • Durham is one of the UK’s most historic universities, and its unique collegiate system creates a strong sense of belonging. The University provides outstanding opportunities that help to enrich student life and create some of the world’s most sought-after graduates.
  • Students at Durham have excellent graduate prospects. The University has the highest graduate employment rate of any UK university, with 97.9 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • At Queen’s Campus and Durham City you will have access to facilities that include state-of-the-art lecture theatres, IT rooms and laboratories. The University Library in Durham City has an Archives and Special Collections section that attracts scholars from all over the world.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
3 Terms: IELTS 5.5

Dates & Fees

September 2023 start
(3 Terms)
Mon 25 September 2023 - Fri 21 June 2024


Compulsory Modules
Academic English Skills
Core Foundation Maths
Extended Project
Foundations of Statistics
Specialist Modules
Foundations of Business
Pure Mathematics and Strategy


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance-BA (Hons)
60% with min 50% in all skills

BA (Hons) Accounting and Management-BA (Hons)
60% with min 50% in all skills

BA (Hons) Business and Management-BA (Hons)
60% with min 50% in all skills

BA (Hons) Economics-BA (Hons)
60% with min 50% in all skills
70% in Pure Mathematics and Strategic module

BA (Hons) Marketing and Management-BA (Hons)
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Finance-BSc (Hons)
60% with min 50% in all skills