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International Year One

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

What is the International Year One?

The International Year One is a two-semester programme that 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.

Key facts

Two semesters

Find out the specific term dates for this programme.

Biological Sciences/International Relations* - September, November (with Enhanced Induction) or January

Business Management/Business Management with Marketing/Civil Engineering - September only

*please note that applications for the International Relations route are now closed for the January 2024 intake.

Find out more about the entry requirements and course fees for this programme.

Why study the International Year One?

The International Year One is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. Other benefits of the studying the International Year One programme at Leeds International Study Centre include:

  • smaller class sizes, so teachers can focus on your success
  • graduate in the same amount of time
  • boosted subject knowledge and study skills
  • a safe and friendly environment to get used to life in the UK.

Once you've successfully completed the International Year One, and achieved the required grades, you will be a well-equipped student who is ready to join the second year of their undergraduate degree.

What you will study

On this programme, you will study a blend of core and subject-specific modules. Your modules will be tailored depending on your choice of subject pathway so your learning suits your career goals. As part of the International Year One, you will also study dedicated English language content that is focused on improving your speaking, writing and academic language skills.

Damian from Hong Kong

"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
Progressed to International Relations BA at the University of Leeds

Did you know?

92% of students who completed their International Year One programme at Leeds International Study Centre were eligible to progress to a degree course at the University of Leeds in 2023.

Your subject pathway options:

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Biological Sciences

Open up a wealth of career opportunities across many professional fields. Benefit from exciting modules from across the biological world.

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Business Management

Gain valuable career-focused skills on this pathway. You'll learn about modern businesses and explore economics, accounting, and entrepreneurship too.

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Business Management with Marketing

Develop marketing fundamentals, knowledge of human behaviour and business settings, and accounting skills in this engaging subject pathway.

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Civil Engineering

Develop your understanding of architecture, engineering, structures and materials for progression to a degree at the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds.

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International Relations

Learn about politics, trade, social studies, and modern history on the International Relations pathway.

Assessments during your programme

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.

Study plan options

You will begin your International Year One programme at the start of term, in September or January depending on your choice of subject pathway. Upon successful completion, this will allow you to join the second year of a degree at the University of Leeds the following September.

Semester structure for your course

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to the University of LeedsRoute
IELTS 5.52 semestersSeptemberMaySeptemberAll routes
IELTS 5.52 semestersJanuaryJulySeptemberBiological Sciences and International Relations only
IELTS 5.52 semesters and Enhanced InductionNovemberJulySeptemberBiological Sciences and International Relations only

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have and help you with your application. We can't wait to meet you!