International student at Lancaster ISC

International Foundation Year

Please note: Lancaster University ISC’s last student intake was January 2023. There will be no further intakes at the International Study Centre after January 2023. We are no longer accepting applications.

What is the International Foundation Year?

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 universities.

Who is the International Foundation Year for?

The International Foundation Year helps ambitious international students hoping to graduate with an undergraduate degree from a top-ranking UK university – but who may not yet meet the entry requirements needed to begin their degree. By completing our programme, students are able to begin their undergraduate degree with confidence. 

How does the International Foundation Year work?

When you apply to the International Study Centre at Lancaster, you choose the undergraduate degree you wish to study upon progression to the University. Following successful completion of your chosen course, as well as achieving the required grades, you will progress to your degree programme at the University.

Your 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.

Join the International Foundation Year

International Foundation Year: fees and entry requirements

We want to make sure you're getting the most out of your programme, which is why we offer different entry requirements in order for you to enjoy your learning experience with us. If you need to improve your level of English before starting your International Foundation Year, we offer English Language Preparation to help you to improve your IELTS grade before beginning your pathway programme. Our English Language Preparation programmes have lower entry requirements, so you still have the opportunity to graduate with a degree from Lancaster.

There are different costs associated with each subject pathway, you can find out more about them on our fees page.

Choose your pathway

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Business and Management

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

Lancaster Engineering student working in class

Engineering and Computing

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

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

A Lancaster ISC student in the lab

Life Sciences

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

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Mathematics and Statistics

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

Lancaster ISC students in the library on campus

Social Studies

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

Why study the International Foundation Year in the UK?

  • Discover the UK higher education system: 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.
  • Access career support: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 – wherever you are in the world.
  • Study in a global language: As well as developing your English skills both in and outside of the classroom, studying your chosen field in English helps you to become globally employable.

Your study options

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Join us on campus

Find out about studying with us, how your programme will be delivered and tips for preparing to travel.

Lancaster students on campus at the university

Living in the UK

The UK is rich with history and culture.

Students in a class at Lancaster ISC

English Language Preparation

Boost your English Language skills over one term and be prepared for your International Study Centre experience.

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Prepare for success

Gain a competitive edge before you start your academic programme with our online preparation course.