About the International Foundation Year

The Bachelor's Degree with International Foundation Year taught at the University of Leeds follows the standard academic year.

The programme begins every September and along with all other university students, you will follow the standard calendar for assessments.

The course is one of the oldest and most successful programmes of its type in the country. For over 30 years we have been helping international students realise their ambition to study at the University. In this time we’ve welcomed more than 3,800 students from over 90 countries - with the vast majority going on to graduate with a University of Leeds undergraduate degree.

To celebrate 30 years of the International Foundation Year, hear from some of our students and staff who reflect on the programme and how it helps international students in this short video:


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Bachelor's degrees you can study with integrated International Foundation Year

All students who pass the initial International Foundation Year with the required grades will progress onto their chosen undergraduate degree programme. There is no need to make a new application or take a new English Language test.

When you successfully complete the initial International Foundation Year, you will progress onto one of more than 150 undergraduate degrees. Find the degree you wish to study below and you can see the International Foundation Year route you will need to take.

Student experience of International Foundation Year 

Read Haruka’s blog bout how the International Foundation Year prepared her for undergraduate study at the University.

Foundation year programmes

On the International Foundation Year you will study a mixture of subject-specific modules along with 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 your undergraduate programme.

Depending on the undergraduate degree programme you wish to progress onto, you’ll enrol onto one of our 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.

Science

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, Geology and Physics. 

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, Biology, Maths and Physics. 

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. You will also have access to welfare and study support from the International Pathways Centre team.

Student profile: Hetasha Gopalani

Student Hetasha Gopalani smiles while sitting on steps on campus.

I’ve had such a great time here at the University of Leeds, and it all began with the International Foundation Year.

Hetasha completed the International Foundation Year and went on to study environmental science at the University of Leeds.