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International Year 1 in Engineering


At INTO University of Exeter we have years of experience of helping international students prepare for UK higher education.  Our programmes offer a guaranteed route into the University of Exeter, one of Britain’s fastest-rising universities.


Exeter is ranked seventh in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015) and is in the top 20 UK universities targeted by top employers. In the last six years more than 2,500 of our graduates have progressed to study at the University.


Why apply for the International Year 1 in Engineering programme?


  1. High-quality preparation for entry to the second year of your bachelor's degree in an engineering related subject at the University of Exeter.

  2. Guaranteed university placement for all successful students

  3. A campus based programme with access to university facilities

  4. A highly supportive study environment to enable swift progression



Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?


The International Year One is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to the University of Exeter.


International Foundation in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Physical Sciences

One to two* merit based scholarships valued at £18,272.50 each, for students who have applied to study the International Foundation in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Physical Sciences leading to a degree offered by the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences.

The Scholarship winner will receive an award equivalent to 50% of their International Foundation tuition fee, which will bededucted from their INTO University of Exeter tuition fees. Upon progression to the University of Exeter, the student will receive a further scholarship valued at 50% of their Year 1 degree programme tuition fee.

What will I study?


English Language and Study Skills for Engineering

This module will improve your language proficiency within the context of your

studies, in order to develop the ability to read complex academic texts and extract relevant information, produce written assignments in an appropriate format following academic conventions, develop fluency and confidence in seminar discussions and the delivery of presentations, enhance the ability to extract relevant information from lectures and produce a written assessment based on extensive reading and some library-based research.

Core Engineering (Project)

This module will provide the basis for developing the transferable and personal skills appropriate to university study and to later professional life through topics such as engineering drawing, design, and health and safety through completing a mini-project.

Core Engineering (Mechanics, Materials and Electronics)

This module will introduce key concepts of structures, mechanics and electronics in order to provide a basis for further study in these areas.

Electronics for Engineers

Topics include both analogue and digital signals including an introduction to semi-conductor devices. Study of Boolean algebra and the fundamentals of logic gates leads to the design of combinational and sequential logic circuits and their applications.

Engineering Mechanics

This module will introduce you to fundamental concepts of solid mechanics and fluid mechanics.

Engineering Mathematics

This module will extend your mathematical skills to the level necessary to complete a BEng or MEng degree programme. It will cover topics which are fundamental to engineers in their professional career. It will cover the application of mathematics to engineering problems.

Materials and Manufacturing

This module will enable you to develop an awareness of principal engineering materials, their fabrication, and their technical and economic considerations. Laboratory sessions will allow you to develop practical skills.

How will I be assessed?


Assessment is both formal and informal, designed not simply to pass or fail students but, to help you build on your successes and meet the requirements for entry to the second year of a degree. Marks from the International Diploma programme do not count towards the final degree, but help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.


You are assessed through a combination of examination and coursework which may include:


  • essays

  • reports

  • practical exercises

  • group and individual research projects

  • portfolios

  • oral presentations

  • seminar discussion

  • class tests

  • problem solving exercises

Entry Requirements


Academic requirements:


Satisfactory completion of A-levels, a recognised Foundation programme, first year of overseas university degree or equivalent.


English requirements:


IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.


The Centre accepts Pearson PTE.


If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.




You must be aged 17 and above.

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