International Foundation Year

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

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

The Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY) offers a Business Stream that 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 is also part of the Northern Consortium of Universities (NCUK). NCUK provides courses to prepare international students for undergraduate or postgraduate study outside their home country. Successful completion of an NCUK foundation course guarantees students a place on a degree course in their chosen subject of study in one of the NCUK universities.

For more details on the Northern Consortium, please see