International Foundation Year

What is a foundation year?

A foundation year is intended for academically able international students who wish to study at a British university, but do not have the qualifications they need to start an undergraduate degree programme.

In the UK, students finish high school after 13 years. In many other countries, high school may only last for 12 years, or may not cover the same amount of academic material. Foundation years are designed to bridge that gap and prepare you for studying at degree level.

Leeds University Business School has formal link with the foundation years listed below:

The Leeds International Foundation Year
International foundation year logo

The University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY) forms the first year of a suite of integrated programmes intended for those international students who have the potential and motivation to succeed, but who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of a University of Leeds undergraduate degree programme. This Business with Integrated International Foundation Year programme bring students up to the level necessary for them to enter the first year of a range of honours degree programmes offered at the Business School.

The University of Leeds is a founding member of the NCUK Consortium

The University is a founding member of the Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK). NCUK provides courses to prepare international students for undergraduate study outside their home country. There are centres in China, Columbia, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malta, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and South Korea. Successful completion of the NCUK International Foundation Year enables progression to  a range of honours degree programmes offered at the Business School.

Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)
Leeds International Study Centte (ISC) study centre logo

Leeds International Study Centre (LISC) provides a Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Studies that provides progression onto the majority of undergraduate programmes at the Business School. The centre is a joint collaboration between The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University with Study Group.

Alternative foundation years

We also welcome applications from students who are studying Business-related foundation years with alternative providers, such as Bellerbys and the Warwick International Foundation Programme. The Undergraduate Admissions team are  however unable to pre-assess any unfamiliar foundation years prior to a full application being made via the UCAS system.

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, the Admissions team will request a copy of the syllabus after your UCAS application has been received and reviewed, in order to assess the suitability of your qualification for entry onto Business School programmes. 

If you would like to find out whether your foundation year has previously been assessed and entry requirements set, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at to enquire, being sure to include the full name of your foundation year and the institution where you are studying.