“There is so much to do in Leeds, it’s a lively and friendly city. I made friends from all over the world during my foundation year, not just in my class but in my University accommodation too.”
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 weve 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.
Degrees you can study after your
The International Foundation Year guarantees all students who pass with the required grades progression onto their chosen undergraduate degree programme. Theres 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
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Leeds University Business School
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|
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, youll 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.