Prepare for degree study at a top UK university

Your pathway to studying at the University of Leeds

Leeds International Study Centre works in collaboration with the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University to prepare students from outside the UK for successful degree study. Our courses offer students the opportunity to study abroad in the UK, providing additional support to students who do not meet the entry requirements to apply directly to the University of Leeds.


Ranked 16th in the UK

(The Complete University Guide 2023)

Diverse international community

The University of Leeds has over 12,000 international students from more than 130 countries.

Member of the prestigious Russell Group

One of 24 research-intensive, world-class universities that make up the Russell Group.


You will study with other ambitious students from all over the world. As well as studying your chosen subject, you will develop your English language levels to give you the confidence to prepare for success at the University of Leeds and beyond. The University of Leeds also offers its own International Foundation Year delivered by the University.

Students in a class at the International Study Centre

International Foundation Year

Begin your journey of progression to the top-ranking University of Leeds. The International Foundation Year is a pre-degree course designed to prepare students to study at university abroad, combining the language and subject-specific skills needed to succeed at university and in your chosen career.

Choose from two pathways in:

  • Business, Law and Social Studies
  • Science, Engineering and Computing
Students in a class at the International Study Centre

International Year One

Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One will prepare you for second year study at the University of Leeds. You will focus on subject specific modules, as well as the language and study skills you need to excel as a second year student.

Choose from three pathways in:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Business Management with Marketing
  • International Relations


Academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers support and personal and welfare support is all offered on campus. Even before you arrive, our dedicated team provides everything from visa application support through to help with booking your accommodation. We will be with you every step of the way. Find out about how we help.


View academic and English language entry requirements for your chosen pathway programme.

Prepare for Success

Develop your academic knowledge, skills and language ability on our free and exclusive virtual preparation course, Prepare for Success. Benefit from up to 100 hours of study content to gain a competitive head start before beginning your pathway programme on campus.

Study and live in Leeds

Leeds is a vibrant, affordable and multicultural city, known for its arts, sports, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. With over 60,000 students living within the city boundaries, there’s a lively student community, making it an exciting place to live and learn. There are plenty of great things to do in Leeds.