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 one of six undergraduate degree routes. When you are accepted to the International Foundation Year you will receive a conditional offer to study for your chosen degree at Lancaster University after successful completion of your International Study Centre programme. 

To be accepted for an International Foundation Year, you need to meet certain entry requirements. If you need additional English language support, you can take our English Language Preparation course. 

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. 


Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

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.

Law

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.