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International pathway courses

International Study Centre offers a range of courses

Courses for international students

Courses at Leeds International Study Centre are designed to help you prepare for studying an undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. There are two types of course we offer, with multiple pathways available in each.

International Foundation Year

Our International Foundation Year is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to undertake an undergraduate degree. These pathways focus on fully supporting you to start studying in the UK – offering preparatory modules to introduce you to key themes of the curriculum, while familiarising you with the British educational system. Your English language skills will also be improved upon, with an emphasis on teaching you how to write fluently and verbalise academic ideas well.

International Year One

The International Year One will take you through your first year of study with additional direction and concentrated class sizes, preparing you to continue in the second year of an undergraduate degree. These pathways will employ the same teaching methods as the standard first year of the degree, but with added support appropriate for an international student. There will also be a focus on honing your language skills, both verbal and written, so you can confidently communicate and complete assignments with academic professionalism.

Flexible study options

You can choose to study your programme on campus or study online from home. Find out more about preparing to study and choosing how you study your programme with us.

Succeed at university and beyond

Studying an academic course at Leeds International Study Centre gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn in small classes where you'll get individual attention from expert tutors
  • Take part in tutorials, seminars and lectures so that you know what to expect when you start your degree
  • Get support from tutors and staff, so that you you feel safe, comfortable and confident
  • Expand you knowledge by studying subject modules related to the degree you wish to study
  • Improve your English skills with the English Language Preparation course

Which foundation is right for you?

Choose to study either at Leeds International Study Centre on courses delivered by Study Group or select the University of Leeds International Foundation Year delivered on campus by the University of Leeds. The University of Leeds also delivers their own foundation programme taught by University of Leeds academics. Entry requirements differ. For further information please go to

More options

If you prefer to study independently and manage your own time, or you want to study a progression degree not offered by the Leeds International Study Centre, then you may be eligible to study as a student at the University of Leeds International Foundation Year delivered on campus by the University of Leeds.

Need to improve your English?

If you need to increase your IELTS level to meet the English language entry requirements for the International Foundation Year or International Year One courses, you may first be able to study the English Language Preparation programme, also taught at Leeds International Study Centre.