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International Year One

Prepare to join the second year of a degree at the University of Leeds

What is the International Year One?

This two-semester course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop the skills you need to join the second year of a related degree at the University of Leeds, by building on your pre-existing English language skills and supporting you through the introduction to a British-style university curriculum. Our teachers work closely with students to bring you a tailored, personal studying experience and allow you to seamlessly enter an undergraduate degree.

Key facts

Two semesters

Find out the specific term dates for this programme.

  • January (Biological Sciences and International Relations only)
  • September

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

Why study the International Year One?

The International Year One is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. Other benefits include:

  • smaller class sizes, so teachers can focus on your success
  • graduate in the same 
  • boosted subject knowledge and study skills
  • a safe and friendly environment to get used to life in the UK

Once you've successfully completed the International Year One, and achieved the required grades, you will be a well-equipped student who is ready to join the second year of their undergraduate degree.

What you will study

On this programme, you will study a blend of core and subject-specific modules. Your modules will be tailored depending on your choice of subject route so your learning suits your career goals. As part of the International Year One, you will also study dedicated English language content that is focused on improving your speaking, writing and academic language skills.

"Staff and teachers in the International Study Centre, through helping me to polish my resume and prepare my cover letter, reassured me that someone's always got my back. ‬‬‬‬"

Damien from Hong Kong

Studied International Year One in International Relations
Progressed to International Relations BA at the University of Leeds

Your route options:

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Biological Sciences

Open up a wealth of career opportunities across many professional fields. Benefit from exciting modules from across the biological world.

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Business Management

Gain valuable career-focused skills on this route. You'll learn about modern businesses and explore economics, accounting, and entrepreneurship too.

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Business Management with Marketing

Develop marketing fundamentals, knowledge of human behaviour and business settings, and accounting skills in this engaging subject route.

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International Relations

Learn about politics, trade, social studies, and modern history on the International Relations route.

Assessments during your programme

Our teachers will monitor your progress closely, ensuring you are on track with your studies. You will take part in group projects, presentations and essays, in addition to undertaking exams as part of your overall assessment.

Study plan options

You will begin your International Year One course at the start of term, in September or January depending on your choice of pathway route. This will allow you to carry on your degree at the University of Leeds the following September.

Semester structure for your course

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to the University of LeedsRoute
IELTS 5.52 semestersSeptemberMaySeptemberAll routes
IELTS 5.52 semestersJanuaryJulySeptemberBiological Sciences and International Relations only

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!