Management, Economics and Finance (International Foundation) September 2019 entry

The International Foundation programme for Management, Economics and Finance 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, Financial Economics and Mathematics. It 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.

September 2020 entry

Applications for 2020 entry will open 1 October 2019. Course information on this page will be updated for September 2020 entry before applications open.  

Course type

International Foundation programme

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

Course duration

Nine months full time

Course dates

Start date: 9 September 2019
End date: 29 May 2020

This course is for:

International students (not from the UK or EU) who are academically able but whose high school qualifications are not recognised for application to an undergraduate degree at St Andrews. Applicants should be due to leave school soon or should have left school within the past 18 months and have not yet studied at college or university.

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
Typical academic requirements (PDF) are listed alphabetically by country. If your qualification is not shown here, please email for details 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 dated within the previous two 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
An IELTS (Academic) test report form with a minimum of 5.5 overall and no component score below 5.0.

If you require a visa, your IELTS test must be for UKVI purposes. See an overview of the English language requirements for foundation applicants.

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 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 IELTS (Academic) test report form.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is Sunday 30 June 2019. You must provide your 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.

Course information

This programme will introduce you to business, management, economics and finance, giving you an opportunity to explore your strengths and interests in these fields.

The content of lessons is based on business-related subject material as well as a range of issues relating to 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, you will have a strong foundation on which to base your undergraduate degree studies. You will have a clear understanding of the key ideas that underpin many of the subjects you will be going on to study. You will also have knowledge of the university system and experience of different types of assessment.


The International Foundation programme for Management, Economics and Finance has six modules. 

In Semester 1, all students will study the same three compulsory modules:

  • Integrated Academic Skills 1: focuses on developing the core reading, writing, listening and speaking skills required for academic success.
  • Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Management, Economics and Finance: develops greater familiarity with a wide range of primarily business-related topics as well as others relating to the subjects studied in the Academic Subjects 1 module.
  • Academic Subjects 1: focuses on three academic subjects - Introduction to Business; Psychology; and Introduction to Social Sciences and Humanities.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

All students will study the same two compulsory modules and will be given the opportunity to choose themes or topics related to their own specific academic subjects.

  • Integrated Academic Skills 2: aims to further develop the skills studied in the Semester 1 Integrated Academic Skills 1 module, with an increasing emphasis on using these skills to enhance subject knowledge.
  • Researching and Presenting for Management, Economics and Finance: builds on the key academic subject knowledge, skills and strategies covered in Integrated Academic Skills 1, but with increased focus on learner independence.
  • Academic Subjects 2: focuses on a combination of three compulsory and optional subjects.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.


Teaching format

Classes take place Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. You will spend approximately 18 to 20 hours per week in class. During this time, you will experience a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and classes, with your maximum class size likely to be between 14 and 16 students.

As well as your timetabled classes, you will be expected to complete a further 20 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 within the University's online learning environment (known as Moodle).

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

  • read and take notes from textbooks, articles, and online sources as required
  • undertake additional research and self-study in 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 experience of different ways of being examined, such as:

  • essays
  • multiple choice tests
  • interviews
  • presentations
  • formal examinations.

You will have regular coursework assignments throughout both semesters, and some of these will contribute towards your final grade. You will also have two sets of examinations, one set at the end of each semester. You will be given feedback on practice tasks and tests to help to prepare for the 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

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us on a talk and tour to explore the town and find out about the courses and opportunities we offer.

Talk and tour


Combined fee

The International Foundation programme offers an all-inclusive fee package which covers all the major costs of the foundation year so that there are no hidden extra costs. 

2019-entry fees: £27,300 

The all-inclusive fee package includes:

  • tuition
  • accommodation, including a bedding pack
  • a catered meal plan with 14 meals per week
  • 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
  • 24-hour emergency phone number
  • programme-led and seasonal social events.


Kinnessburn Scholarship
For students moving from a foundation programme to a degree at St Andrews.

Students who successfully complete the International Foundation programme with a distinction grade and move onto a degree at the University of St Andrews are eligible to apply for the Kinnessburn Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to one student annually in June and provides a partial fee waiver for each year of study on an undergraduate programme at the University.


The fee package for the International Foundation programme includes catered accommodation, which the University arranges on your behalf so you do not need to apply for accommodation.

All foundation students are allocated a room in David Russell Apartments (DRA). In each apartment, there are five study bedrooms, each with its own private shower and toilet, and a shared living space and fully equipped kitchen.

Bedding pack

A bedding pack will be delivered to David Russell Apartments, for each foundation student. The bedding pack is for a standard double bed (UK size) and contains:

  • one duvet (10.5 tog)
  • one duvet cover
  • one flat sheet
  • two pillows
  • two pillowcases.


Foundation programme students are on a catered meal plan that gives them 14 meals per week during the semester.

Breakfast and an evening meal are served every weekday; breakfast and lunch are served on Saturdays and Sundays.

See a sample menu for the 14-meal plan.

Your future

In order to progress onto a degree at the University of St Andrews, students must achieve a final overall grade of 14.0 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.

There are many degree and post-study options available to successful foundation students. Popular degree subjects include:

Students who pass the foundation programme but do not stay in the University of St Andrews are advised and assisted with applications to other institutions in the UK.


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 website