International Foundation Year

Your degree preparation

The International Foundation Year prepares you for undergraduate study at Lancaster. You will focus on English language, study skills and academic modules, and start planning for your future career. After your Foundation Year, you can progress to your chosen degree at Lancaster – one of the UK’s top ten universities.

How does it work?

When you apply to the International Study Centre at Lancaster, you choose your undergraduate degree you wish to study upon progression to the University. Following successful completion of your chosen course and meeting the specified grades in Academic and English Language modules, you will be eligible to progress on to your degree programme at Lancaster University.

This degree aim / selected degree path is not fixed. During your first term at the International Study Centre, you will be asked to select three degree choices. You will receive a conditional offer and this will be made unconditional on successful completion of the course and on achieving the required progression grades. You will be supported in making appropriate degree choices and submitting your application to the University, including advice on completion of your personal statement.

To be accepted for an International Foundation Year, you need to meet certain entry requirements. If you need to improve your level of English before starting your International Foundation Year, you can study the English Language Preparation programme with us.

What can I expect?

Study modules

During your International Foundation Year you will study core and academic subject modules. Core modules focus on English language and university-level study skills; and academic modules focus on your chosen degree subject.


You will learn in a university-style environment with group lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study. Your seminar group will have around 20 students in it. This style of teaching will prepare you for your undergraduate degree at Lancaster.


The International Foundation Year involves regular assessments that help you to progress and achieve the grades you need. These assessments will include regular coursework, presentations, essays and exams.

Career support

Throughout your International Foundation Year you will receive career guidance and support through our CareerAhead service. This helps you to plan for your future career, increase your employability, and develop the skills for success.

Progression support

We will monitor your performance at key stages throughout your programme through formal and informal assessments, personal tutorials, tutor feedback and an improved Academic English Skills module.

Your undergraduate degree

When you complete your programme and achieve the required grades you will progress to your undergraduate degree with the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin your undergraduate studies alongside other Lancaster students.

Business and Management

Lancaster ISC students in the classroom at the ISC

Leading to a degree at one of the top 100 business schools in the world.

Engineering and Computing

An engineering student at Lancaster ISC

Leading to a degree in the Faculty of Science and Technology.


A Lancaster ISC student in the library on campus

Leading to a number of degrees at Lancaster University Law School.

Life Sciences

A Lancaster ISC student in the lab

Leading to a number of undergraduate science degrees at a top university.

Mathematics and Statistics

A lecturer at Lancaster ISC

Leading to an undergraduate degree in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Social Studies

Lancaster ISC students in the library on campus at the university

Leading to a number of degree options in the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies.

Your study options

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Join us virtually

If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can either start virtually and join us in the UK later, or study full-time from home.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.