About the International Foundation Year The International Foundation Year is a nine month programme which fully prepares international students for entry onto an undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. The course starts in September and runs through to the middle of June.

 

The course is one of the oldest and most successful programmes of its type in the country. For more than 25 years we have been helping international students realise their ambition to study at the University. In this time we’ve welcomed more than 2,600 students from over 80 countries - with the vast majority going on to graduate with a University of Leeds undergraduate degree.

 

Degrees you can study after your
foundation year

The International Foundation Year guarantees all students who pass with the required grades progression onto their chosen undergraduate degree programme. There’s no need to make a new application or take a new English Language test.

When you successfully complete the foundation year, you will progress onto one of more than 130 undergraduate degrees. Find the degree you wish to study below and you can see the International Foundation Year route you will need to take.

Arts, Humanities and Cultures

 Degree programme
 International Foundation Year route
Arabic and Japanese BA Arts and Social Science
Art and Design BA
Design
Communication and Media BA Arts and Social Science
Cultural and Media Studies BA Arts and Social Science
Digital Media BA Arts and Social Science
Economics and Philosophy BA Joint honours
English and History BA Joint honours
English and Philosophy BA
Joint honours
English Language and Literature BA Arts and Social Science
English Literature BA
Arts and Social Science
English Literature and Theatre Studies BA
Arts and Social Science
Fashion Design BA
Design
Fashion Marketing BA
Design
Fashion Technology BA
Design
Film, Photography and Media BA
Arts and Social Science
Graphic and Communication Design BA
Design
History BA
Arts and Social Science
History and Philosophy BA
Joint honours
History of Art BA
Arts and Social Science
International History and Politics BA Arts and Social Science
Journalism BA
Arts and Social Science
Liberal Arts BA
Arts and Social Science
Music BA
Arts and Social Science
Music (Performance) BMus
Arts and Social Science
Music and Music Psychology BA Arts and Social Science
Music with Enterprise BA
Business
Music, Multimedia and Electronics BSc
Science and Healthcare
Philosophy BA
Arts and Social Science
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion BA
Arts and Social Science
Religion, Politics and Society BA
Arts and Social Science
Textile Design BA Design
Theatre and Performance BA Arts and Social Science
Theology and Religious Studies BA Arts and Social Science

 

Biological Sciences

Degree programme International Foundation Year route
Biochemistry BSc
Science and Healthcare
Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) BSc
Science and Healthcare
Biological Sciences BSc
Science and Healthcare
Biology BSc
Science and Healthcare
Ecology and Conservation Biology Science and Healthcare
Genetics BSc Science and Healthcare
Human Physiology BSc Science and Healthcare
Medical Biochemistry BSc Science and Healthcare
Medical Microbiology BSc Science and Healthcare
Medical Sciences BSc Science and Healthcare
Microbiology BSc Science and Healthcare
Neuroscience BSc Science and Healthcare
Pharmacology BSc Science and Healthcare
Sport and Exercise Sciences BSc Science and Healthcare
Sports Science and Physiology BSc Science and Healthcare
Zoology BSc Science and Healthcare

 

Education, Social Science and Law

Degree programme International Foundation Year route
Childhood Studies BA Arts and Social Science
Education BA Arts and Social Science
Criminal Justice and Criminology BA Arts and Social Science
Economics and Politics BA Joint honours
International Development BA Arts and Social Science
International Relations BA
Arts and Social Science
Law LLB Arts and Social Science
Politics BA  Arts and Social Science
Politics and Social Policy BA
Joint honours
Politics and Sociology BA Joint honours
Psychology with Education BSc Science and Healthcare
Social Policy BA Arts and Social Science
Social Policy and Crime BA Arts and Social Science
Social Policy and Sociology BA Arts and Social Science
Sociology BA Arts and Social Science
Sociology and International Relations BA Arts and Social Science
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) BA Arts and Social Science

 

Environment

Degree programme International Foundation Year route
Economics and Geography BA Business
Environment and Business BA Joint honours
Environmental Science BSc
Science and Healthcare
Geography BA Business
Geography BSc Science and Healthcare
Geography and Geology BSc Science and Healthcare
Geography with Environmental Mathematics BSc Science and Healthcare
Geography with Transport Studies BA Business
Geology BSc Science and Healthcare
Geophysics BSc Science and Healthcare
Sustainability and Environmental Management BSc Science and Healthcare

 

Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Degree programme International Foundation Year route
Actuarial Mathematics BSc
Science and Healthcare
Business Management and Mathematics BSc
Joint honours
Chemistry BSc
Science and Healthcare
Chemistry and Mathematics BSc Joint honours
Economics and Mathematics BSc Joint honours
Financial Mathematics Science and Healthcare
Food Science BSc
Science and Healthcare
Food Science and Nutrition BSc Science and Healthcare
Mathematics BSc Science and Healthcare
Mathematics and Statistics BSc Science and Healthcare
Medicinal Chemistry BSc Science and Healthcare
Nutrition BSc Science and Healthcare
Physics BSc Science and Healthcare
Physics with Astrophysics BSc Science and Healthcare
Theoretical Physics BSc Science and Healthcare

 

Medicine and Health

Degree programme International Foundation Year route
Advanced Psychology BSc
Science and Healthcare
Healthcare Science (Audiology) Science and Healthcare
Nursing (Adult) Science and Healthcare
Nursing (Child) Science and Healthcare
Nursing (Mental Health) Science and Healthcare
Psychology BSc Science and Healthcare

 

What you will study

On the International Foundation Year you will study a mixture of subject-specific, English language and academic study skills content. The subject specific modules are tailored to your chosen degree to ensure that you are fully prepared for year one of your undergraduate programme.

Depending on the undergraduate degree programme you wish to progress onto, you’ll enrol onto one of our six foundation year programmes:

Arts and Social Science

Within this route, students can progress onto a wide range of Arts, Communications and Social Sciences degrees. All students study the core module in Academic Study Skills in English, with additional modules selected from a range of arts and social sciences modules.

Business

In addition to the Academic Study Skills in English core module, you will study core business modules including Foundations of Economics, Introduction to International Business, Introductory Management and Maths for Business. There are also optional modules depending on the particular degree pathway you have chosen.

Design

In addition to the Academic Study Skills in English core module, you will study modules offered within the School of Design which will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge needed for your design degree. These will be taught by experienced Lecturers within the School of Design.

Engineering

In addition to the Academic Study Skills in English core module, you will also study core Maths modules as Maths is pivotal to your future Engineering studies. You will then also study either Chemistry or Physics modules and those taking Petroleum Engineering will need to study an introductory module in Geological Sciences.

Joint Honours

In addition to the Academic Study Skills in English core module, you will be offered a combination of modules from a selection which will prepare you for the Joint Honours degree you have chosen.

Science and Healthcare

In addition to the Academic Study Skills in English core module, you will study modules from two subject areas depending on your chosen future degree programme. The subject areas are in the fields of Chemistry, Web programming and technologies, Biology, Business, Maths and Physics. Those wanting to study degrees in Geological Sciences or Geophysical Sciences will need to take the introductory module in Geological Sciences.

Teaching

All of your teaching will be delivered by University of Leeds academics, many of whom are internationally renowned and at the forefront of their field. From day one you will learn from inspirational academics and study alongside other talented and motivated students from across the world.

Student support

You will be given a comprehensive orientation into University life. From the moment you start your course a personal tutor will support your academic and personal development to help you get the most out of your time at Leeds. Regular meetings will help you not only do well in your studies but also become a more confident, articulate and employable graduate.

Accommodation

Choosing a university is also about choosing a home away from home. As an international student, you are guaranteed University accommodation for the duration of your studies and we are dedicated to helping you find accommodation that suits you.