About the International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year taught at the University of Leeds follows the standard academic year. The programme begins every September and assessments take place along with all undergraduate students of the University. 

The course is one of the oldest and most successful programmes of its type in the country. For 30 years we have been helping international students realise their ambition to study at the University. In this time we’ve welcomed more than 3,700 students from over 90 countries - with the vast majority going on to graduate with a University of Leeds undergraduate degree.

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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 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.

Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Degree programme
International Foundation Year route
Arabic and Japanese BA Arts and Social Science
Art and Design BA
Design
Asia Pacific Studies BA Arts and Social Science
Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese BA Arts and Social Science
Chinese and Japanese Studies BA Arts and Social Science
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
Mathematics and Philosophy BSc  Joint Honours
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


Engineering and Physical Sciences

Degree programme International Foundation Year route
Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Architectural Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Architecture MEng, BEng Engineering
Automotive Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies and Management BEng Engineering 
Chemical and Energy Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Chemical and Materials Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Chemical Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering MEng, BEng Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering MEng, BEng Engineering
Civil Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Civil Engineering with Project Management MEng, BEng
Engineering
Computer Science BSc
Science and Healthcare
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence BSc
Science and Healthcare
Computer Science with High Performance Graphics and Games Engineering BSc Science and Healthcare
Computer Science with Mathematics BSc
Science and Healthcare
Electronic and Communications Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Electronic and Computer Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems MEng Engineering
Mechanical Engineering MEng, BEng
Engineering
Mechatronics and Robotics MEng, BEng Engineering
Medical Engineering MEng, BEng Engineering
Product Design MDes, BSc Design
Actuarial Mathematics BSc Science and Healthcare
Chemistry BSc Science and Healthcare
Chemistry and Mathematics BSc Joint honours
Economics and Mathematics BSc Joint honours
Financial Mathematics BSc Science and Healthcare
Mathematics BSc Science and Healthcare
Mathematics and Statistics BSc Science and Healthcare
Chemical and Materials Engineering MEng, BEng Engineering
Medicinal Chemistry BSc Science and Healthcare
Physics BSc Science and Healthcare
Physics with Astrophysics BSc Science and Healthcare
Theoretical Physics BSc Science and Healthcare

Our student Haruka talks about how IFY prepared her for undergraduate study at the University (Link to Leeds blog post).

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 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 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.