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International Year One

Prepare to join the second year of a degree at the University of Leeds

Why study the International Year One?

This two-semester course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop the skills you need to join the second year of a related degree at the University of Leeds, by building on your pre-existing English language skills and supporting you through the introduction to a British-style university curriculum. Our teachers work closely with students to bring you a tailored, personal studying experience and allow you to seamlessly enter an undergraduate degree.

Pathway options

Biological Sciences

Studying Biological Sciences can open up a wealth of career options in many different professional fields. This International Year One pathway offers focused subject-specific modules such as neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology and anatomy. There is also a module in academic English language skills included in the pathway, which aims to improve your English language ability to prepare you for academic challenges. 

Business Management

A degree in Business Management is valuable for any individual’s career path. This pathway focuses on multiple key areas of modern business in subject-specific modules, with an additional view to improving your English Language abilities to successful academic standard. This pathway presents the opportunity to explore subjects such as economics, accounting, entrepreneurship and business & society.

International Relations

International Relations is an insightful subject to study in the 21st Century. As well as improving your use of English language for application in an academic environment, there are a number of insightful subject-specific modules included in this pathway. Politics, international trade, social studies and the modern history of international relations are among some of the key topics included within this International Year One.


Our teachers will monitor your progress closely, ensuring you are on track with your studies. You will take part in group projects, presentations and essays, in addition to undertaking exams as part of your overall assessment.

Your degree at the University of Leeds

Once you complete the programme and meet all the necessary requirements, you can join the second year of BA (Hons) International Relations, BA (Hons) Business Management or choose from a range of Biological Sciences degrees to continue with at the University of Leeds.

Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

International Relations/Biological Sciences – Academic IELTS* for UKVI 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent

Business Management – Academic IELTS* for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing, with no skill lower than 5.0) or equivalent

Academic requirements: Good high-school graduation grades (or equivalent) plus one year of further study

Age: 18+

*Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Requirements by course


Tuition fees will vary depending on the course you choose. For the most up-to-date information about financing the International Year One and other costs, please see our list of fees.

Study plan information

You will begin your International Year One course at the start of term, in September or January. This will allow you to carry on your degree at the University of Leeds the following September.

Semester structure for your course

‭*Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

International Year One study plan
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Join us at the centre

Find out about studying your programme at the centre, what to expect from blended learning and tips for preparing to travel.

Welcome to the centre

Join us online

If you are unable to join us at the centre for the start of your programme, you can start online and join us in the UK at a later date, or study your whole programme online from home*.

Study virtually

"Staff and teachers in the International Study Centre, through helping me to polish my resume and prepare my cover letter, reassured me that someone's always got my back. ‬‬‬‬"

Damien from Hong Kong

Studied International Year One in International Relations
Now studying International Relations at the University of Leeds