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International Foundation Year

International Foundation Year

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.

The IFY begins in September each year - the next intake is on September 18th 2013. There is no intake in January.

The integrated programmes currently available are:

Arts with Integrated IFY (including "Cinema and Photography", "Criminal Justice and Criminology", "Cultural Studies", "English, Language and Education", "History of Art', "International Development", "International Relations", "Law", "New Media", "Politics", "Sociology") – 4 years

Business with Integrated IFY – 4 years

Design with Integrated IFY – 4 years

Engineering with Integrated IFY – 5 years for Master of Engineering (MEng), 4 years for Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

Joint Honours with Integrated IFY – 4 years

Science with Integrated IFY – 4 years

Each of these programmes consists of two elements: the IFY (level 0) element, which is taught at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 3, followed by a three or four – year undergraduate degree element, which is taught at NQF level 6. The level 0 element provides a firm grounding in the subjects required for the undergraduate element and both elements are delivered at the University of Leeds.

If you obtain specific grades on the IFY element you will progress automatically to level 1 of your undergraduate element. Please click here for further information about these progression requirements.

These integrated programmes are some of the most successful and longest running courses of their type in the UK. Since their first intakes in September 1989 they have attracted more than 2000 students from over 80 countries with the vast majority of these successfully obtaining a University of Leeds undergraduate degree. Some students have also continued to Masters and PhD degree programmes.

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