International Foundation Year
Developed for international students, the International
Foundation Year is an intensive three-term programme
of academic subjects, study skills and English language
training designed specifically to provide you with the opportunity to progress to degree study at the University.
You can choose one of four
All Foundation routes are modular
You will study core modules
common to each route, plus
subject-specific modules, each
carefully designed to focus on the
academic areas most useful to
your chosen degree.
The International Study Centre at
Lancaster University introduces
you to the style of teaching
that you will experience on your
degree. Taking part in tutorials,
seminar-style classes and larger
group lectures means you’ll be well
prepared once you progress to the
You will be assessed regularly
throughout the course. This will
ensure that your progress is on
track to achieve the standard
required for progression to
your degree programme. Your
development is monitored through
continuous coursework and
specific assessments at the end of
each term or module. You will also
be required to complete a series
of presentations and extended
essays as part of your overall
When you join the International Study Centre, you will be required to select up to four undergraduate degree choices from the programmes and will receive a conditional offer of a place on one of your choices. We will support you in making appropriate degree choices and in submitting your application to the university, including advice on the completion of your personal statement. An interview or aptitude test may be required as part of the application process for some courses.
Progression to your degree is subject to completing the foundation programme and achieving the progression grades stated in your conditional offer letter.
For full details on the progression
degrees and grades required click here.
About the programmes
All programmes at Lancaster University International Study Centre are approved and run by Study Group, in partnership with Lancaster University. Study Group holds responsibility for the academic standards.
Study Group is a global leader in private higher education, language and career education, in the United States, Canada, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Study Group provides the highest quality educational opportunities for 50,000 students from more than 130 countries in over 48 campuses across the world.