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International pathway programmes

Leeds International Study Centre offers a range of pathway programmes for international students

Programmes for international students

Programmes at Leeds International Study Centre are designed to help you prepare for studying an undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. There are two types of pathway programmes we offer, with multiple pathways available in each.

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International Foundation Year

Over two semesters, you will gain the skills needed to enter the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds.

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International Year One

Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One allows you to gain key skills in a safe, international environment.

Studying an academic course at Leeds International Study Centre gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn in small classes where you'll get individual attention from expert tutors
  • Take part in tutorials, seminars and lectures so that you know what to expect when you start your degree
  • Get support from tutors and staff, so that you you feel safe, comfortable and confident
  • Expand you knowledge by studying subject modules related to the degree you wish to study
  • Improve your English skills with an English Language course

Need to improve your English?

If you need to increase your IELTS level to meet the English language entry requirements for the International Foundation Year or International Year One courses, you may first be able to study an English Language Preparation online course, also taught at Leeds International Study Centre.

Which foundation is right for you?

Choose to study either at Leeds International Study Centre on courses delivered by Study Group or select the University of Leeds International Foundation Year delivered on campus by the University of Leeds. The University of Leeds also delivers their own foundation programme taught by University of Leeds academics. Entry requirements differ. For further information please go to

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How to apply

Discover how to apply for a programme at the International Study Centre. You can also find the documents you need to provide alongside your application.

Learn how to apply

Succeed at university and beyond


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English language courses

Develop your English language levels before you start your pathway programme with a dedicated course.

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Prepare for success

Join our online preparation course at no extra cost, so that you are ready to begin your academic pathway programme.

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Enhanced Induction

The Enhanced Induction is an optional 3-week programme that will better prepare you for living and studying in the UK.

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have and help you with your application. We can't wait to meet you!