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.

The University of Leeds International Foundation Year

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.

We also have a special scholarship available for students who have studied The Leeds IFY. 

The University of Leeds International Foundation Year student profile: Lydia Min Yu Goh, Malaysia
Image of Lydia Goh, Leeds International Foundation Year student.

I personally feel that the University of Leeds International Foundation Year is a very good course that helps students to get a feel for what university coursework will be like. It also helps students to be more prepared for university and to be honest, I only realised how helpful the IFY was after I started university. During the orientation week, while everybody was still getting used to the environment and difference in writing styles, my IFY friends and I were already very comfortable with them.

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The University of Leeds International Foundation Year student profile: Bader Alkhamis, Saudi Arabia
Image of Bader Alkhamis, Leeds International Foundation Year student.

The University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY) takes place in the first year of university. Everything taught during the year is useful and prepared me, both academically and socially, for the coming years. In addition, the IFY helped me to discover the city throughout the year in order to be ready in terms of socialising in the following years. 

One of the important advantages of doing the IFY is meeting people from different countries, which helped us to learn about different cultures.

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Alternative Foundation Years

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

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.

We also have a special scholarship available for students who have studied at The Leeds International Study Centre. 

NCUK
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.

We also have a special scholarships available for students who have studied with NCUK. 

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 ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk to enquire, being sure to include the full name of your foundation year and the institution where you are studying.