The 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.

Arts, Humanities and Cultures

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


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
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence BSc
Science
Computer Science with High Performance Graphics and Games Engineering BSc Science
Computer Science with Mathematics BSc
Science
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
Chemistry BSc Science
Chemistry and Mathematics BSc Science
Economics and Mathematics BSc Science
Financial Mathematics BSc Science
Mathematics BSc Science
Mathematics and Statistics BSc Science
Chemical and Materials Engineering MEng, BEng Engineering
Medicinal Chemistry BSc Science
Physics BSc Science
Physics with Astrophysics BSc Science
Theoretical Physics BSc Science

Student experience of International Foundation Year 

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

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.