The International Foundation in Architecture is a design-led programme preparing you for your Bachelors degree in Architecture at Newcastle University
Develop the English and design skills you need to succeed in Architecture at the University of Newcastle.
Why apply for the international foundation programme?
Course length: 3 - 4 terms (9 - 11 months)
When can I start?
Term 1: Mon 30 Jun 2014 to Fri 05 Sep 2014
Term 2: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
Term 3: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
Term 4:Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 05 Dec 2014
Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
Term 3: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
Term 4:Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015
Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
Term 3:Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
Term 1: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
Term 2: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
Term 3: Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015
Tuition fees do not include:
Introduction to Architecture: Portfolio and Design Project
English for Academic Purposes
Study Skills and Project
Introduction to British Institutions and Culture
How will I be assessed?
Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.
Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.
Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including
If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.
IELTS band : 5
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades to study architecture in the UK.
For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.
You will be expected to provide a portfolio as part of the application. The portfolio should demonstrate core skills and illustrate your genuine interest in architecture.
It must include:
At least 12 annotated pieces of work (sketches, drawings, photographs of models, art work etc.) on A 3 sheets (see portfolio guidelines below), title and contents page and a personal statement (300 words).
There are three compulsory categories: Where I live What I do What I want to be.
Within these categories there are mandatory and optional elements. Additionally, you are free to add another personal category and/or whatever pieces of work you consider important to illustrate your talents and skills.
View the Foundation in Architecture portfolio guidelines.
Portfolios that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered suitable for entry and applicants will be required to resubmit. Portfolio review takes place throughout the year.
17 years and above
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Newcastle University.
High achievement is important to INTO and its students. We reward the academic success of the best students and in 2010 gave over £1m in scholarships that helped fund their studies.
If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.