Business - Management, Economics and Finance (International Year Zero) - Intensive Study

January 2023 entry

This is an intensive programme, which allows highly qualified applicants to complete their International Year Zero studies in a single semester.

The programme is designed to facilitate the transition from high school to the first year of undergraduate study in a range of academic disciplines including management, economics, and financial economics.

This intensive and multi-discipline programme includes a blend of subject-related content in various related academic subjects and helps to develop the academic and language skills required for effective participation in undergraduate studies.

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Course type

International Year Zero - Intensive Study

This is the University’s own intensive pre-degree programme which prepares international students for undergraduate study in the UK, and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Course duration

Four months, full time

Course dates

Start date: 12 January 2023
End date: 12 May 2023

The schedule for this programme differs slightly from the standard University semester dates. All weeks from the programme start date to end date are teaching or assessment weeks, other than the following:

  • February vacation: 27 February to 3 March 2023

This course is for:

International students who are academically able, but whose high school qualification is not recognised for application to an undergraduate degree at St Andrews. Foundation students typically use English as an additional language. 

This course is also designed for students who are prepared to commit to an intensive period of study. This requires a higher level of academic qualifications and English language test scores than those required for the non-intensive version of the Business - Management, Economics and Finance (International Year Zero) programme.

Who can apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

No, but candidates aiming at a degree in economics should have grades in mathematics or related subjects that demonstrate a secure grasp of numeracy.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

See typical academic requirements for an International Year Zero – Intensive Study programme. If your qualification is not shown, please email about the grades needed from your high school system.

You can demonstrate that you have met the academic requirements with a high school transcript from your final year at school. Any high school qualification you use as evidence of your academic ability should be from the last year you attended high school and dated within the previous three years.

You should apply before your final results are available, as the University can make you a conditional offer based on your past exam performance and predicted grades.

English language requirement

All foundation applicants must submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as evidence of their English language ability, unless they have a UK passport.

If you are applying to the Business – Management, Economics and Finance (International Year Zero) – Intensive Study programme, see profile 9-S for a list of approved English language tests and required scores.

Find out more about English language requirements for International Foundation programmes.

You do not need to have your result when you apply, as this can be a condition of any offer made by the University.

Application requirements

The University requires you to provide the following documents as part of your application:

  • your most recent high school transcript
  • a personal statement outlining why you wish to study Business - Management, Economics and Finance at St Andrews and reflecting on your life and learning experiences to explain why you feel you would be successful on this programme
  • an academic reference from your high school on their letterhead, or from a school email
  • your official English language test report.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 November 2022. You only need to provide your most recent high school transcript and personal statement when you first apply so that the University can consider your application. Your academic reference and your English language evidence can be provided later.

How to apply

Course information

This intensive one-semester programme will introduce you to management and economics, giving you an opportunity to explore your strengths and interests in these fields.

The content of lessons is based on specific academic subject material relating to business and social sciences. Students will gain the knowledge, experience and confidence to cope with the demands of the University’s highly competitive degree programmes.

In particular, this programme offers:

  • a unique blend of communication skills and academic skills integrated with business-related topics
  • small group teaching with highly experienced teachers
  • an intensive and academic learning experience designed to help you develop the skills to succeed at undergraduate level.

By the end of the programme, students will:

  • demonstrate an overall appreciation of the body of philosophies related to the study of business
  • demonstrate knowledge that is embedded in the main theories, concepts and principles of the philosophies related to the study of business and apply that knowledge in practical contexts
  • using a variety of written or spoken texts, undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within the common understandings of business.
  • communicate complex information in a range of written or spoken formats within a business context.


In this one-semester programme, all students will study the same three  compulsory modules:

  • Foundation Academic Thought in Arts and Science: enhances understanding of the key philosophical and analytical principles underpinning academic study.

  • Communicating in Academic Contexts 2: helps you further develop and practise productive and receptive academic oral communication skills that you will need to draw on in your degree programme.

  • Research and Writing for Business 2: builds on the key academic subject knowledge, skills and strategies covered in 'Research and Writing for Business 1', but with an increased focus on learner independence.

In addition, you will take four introductory academic modules from the following list which covers subject areas that are available to study at undergraduate level: 

  • Foundation Art History
  • Foundation Economics
  • Foundation English Literature
  • Foundation International Relations
  • Foundation Management
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Foundation Medieval History
  • Foundation Philosophy
  • Foundation Psychology 2
  • Foundation Statistics

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2023 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.


Teaching format

You will spend approximately 16 hours per week on focused learning activities. During this time, you will experience a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Seminar classes are typically scheduled in groups of no more than 16 students.

As well as your timetabled classes, you will be expected to complete approximately 20 to 25 hours of independent study each week. As a fully matriculated student, you have access to the University’s libraries and study areas, but you will also work with the University's online learning tools (Moodle and Microsoft Teams).

Students are expected to do the following to prepare for classes and consolidate their learning:

  • read and take notes from online textbooks, articles, and other online sources as required
  • undertake additional research and self-study through the University library and online
  • complete a range of homework tasks, individually and in groups
  • engage with feedback on both formative and summative assessments.

The University’s student services team can help students who have additional needs resulting from disabilities, long-term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.


The programme includes a variety of types of assessment to give you the experience of different ways of being tested such as:

  • academic essays
  • end of module examinations
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • leading and participating in seminars
  • research report.

You will have regular coursework assignments throughout the programme, and some of these will contribute towards your final grade. Students will also have one set of examinations at the end of the programme. 

You will receive feedback on practice tasks and tests to help you prepare for their assessments.

Meet us in your country

Staff of the University of St Andrews are always pleased to meet prospective students in person. We visit many schools, colleges and higher education fairs to talk about the University and provide support and information for those thinking about applying.

Meet us in your country

Join us for one of our information events where you can find out about different levels of study and specific courses we run. 

Online information events


Tuition fees

The tuition fee for 2023 entry is £16,315. This fee includes:

  • access to all University facilities
  • a transfer from Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, or Leuchars train station, when you first arrive
  • the use of course books, handouts and other course materials.

See further information on how to pay your International Foundation fees.

Accommodation fees

The International Education Institute recommends that you request an en suite single room with either a self-catered or catered package as this ensures you have a place close to your classes and with other foundation students. 

University accommodation is guaranteed for International Foundation students.

Students will be able to apply for accommodation from 1 September 2022. Accommodation fees for this programme will be confirmed by early July 2022. See further information on the  International Foundation accommodation web page


IFP January Scholarship

If you are coming to study an International Year Zero – Intensive Study or Extended International Pre-Med – Intensive Study programme in January 2023, you will be eligible to apply for the IFP scholarship.

Successful candidates receive £2,000 towards the cost of their foundation tuition fees. The deadline for applications is Monday 31 October 2022.

Kinnessburn Scholarship

Students who successfully complete an International Foundation programme and move onto a degree at the University of St Andrews are eligible to apply for the Kinnessburn Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to two students annually in July. It provides a partial fee waiver for each year of study on an undergraduate programme at the University of St Andrews, and an Ambassador's role.

Your future

Studying your degree at the University of St Andrews

There are many degree and post-study options available to successful International Foundation students.

To progress onto a degree at the University of St Andrews, students must achieve a final overall grade of 11.0 or above on the University’s 20-point scale.

Other specific progression requirements are provided in the course handbook at the start of the programme.

Previous International Foundation students have stayed at St Andrews to study subjects such as:

Your undergraduate offer

Students on this programme must confirm their degree choice to receive a conditional offer to start their intended degree in September 2023.

When you successfully complete the programme with the required grade listed above, your offer to enter the degree programme at St Andrews will become unconditional.

Studying your degree at another university

Previous International Foundation students have used their International Foundation qualification to study degrees at other universities, in subjects such as:

  • accountancy
  • business studies
  • finance
  • marketing.

Join a live question and answer session

The International Education Institute offers question and answer sessions (Q&A) to prospective International Foundation students who would like more information about St Andrews, university life and the application process at the University.


International Foundation programmes

International Education Institute
University of St Andrews
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews 
KY16 9DJ

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255

International Education Institute


Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online.

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online.