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International Foundation Year

Prepare for your degree at the University of Leeds

What is the International Foundation Year?

The International Foundation Year is a two semester course that aims to help you develop the skills you need to succeed at your undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. Aiming to improve your basic English language skills, as well as honing your academic voice, this programme is suitable for students who want a tailored, personal studying experience to introduce you to your higher education career in the UK. Our teachers work closely with students to equip you with knowledge to help you successfully enter the British higher education system.

Key facts

Two semesters

Find out the specific term dates for this programme.

September, November (with Enhanced Induction) or January

Find out more about the entry requirements and course fees for this programme.

Why study the International Foundation Year?

This pathway programme helps to prepare you to enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. By choosing the International Foundation Year, you'll benefit from:

  • the level of English language required for undergraduate study
  • improved subject knowledge and study skills
  • smaller class sizes, with lessons catered to your interests and goals
  • a safe and friendly environment to get used to life in the UK.

After you successfully complete the programme, and achieve the required grades, you will be able to enter the first year of your undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds.

What you will study

The two-semester programme consists of both core and subject-specific modules. The programme has been designed to boost your understanding of your chosen subject area. The International Foundation Year also contains dedicated English language content, which will be focused on improving your speaking, reading, and writing.

89% of students

who completed their International Foundation Year programme at Leeds International Study Centre were eligible to progress to a degree course at the University of Leeds in 2023.

Your route options:

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Business, Law and Social Studies

Prepare for a degree in one of three engaging subject areas. Develop the knowledge-base you need to succeed at the University of Leeds.

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Science, Engineering and Computing

Designed as a versatile introduction to these three key subjects, this route allows you to develop all the skills you need for success at the University.

Assessments during your programme

Our teachers will monitor your progress closely, ensuring you are on track with your studies. Across the two semesters, you will take part in exams, group projects, presentations and essays as part of your overall assessment.

Study plan options

Beginning your International Foundation Year at Leeds International Study Centre in September, November (with Enhanced Induction) or January will allow you to start your degree at the University of Leeds the following autumn.

Semester structure for your programme

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to the University of Leeds
IELTS 5.02 semestersSeptemberMaySeptember
IELTS 5.02 semesters and Enhanced InductionNovemberJulySeptember
IELTS 5.02 semestersJanuaryJulySeptember

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!