Leicester College offers a range of International Foundation Programmes that are designed for international students whose school leaving qualifications gained in their home country are not sufficient for direct entry into a UK university.

Our International Foundation Programmes cover a range of curriculum areas and combine intensive English language development with subject-specific coursework to provide international students with the skills and knowledge to progress to a related university degree-level programme. Our International Foundation Programme students can progress onto undergraduate study at our partner, De Montfort University, or can apply to study at any university in the UK.

Direct Progression to De Montfort University

Significantly, students completing our International Foundation Programmes are able to progress directly and automatically onto to a related undergraduate degree programme at De Montfort University, as long as they achieve the minimum English language level required for university entry.

De Montfort University also offers a number of tuition scholarships to Leicester College International Foundation Programme students progressing onto its undergraduate courses. In 2016-2017 these scholarships were valued at £5,000 each.

All International Foundation Programmes include a series of guest lectures and cultural/extra-curricular visits and the opportunity to join other international students on trips within the UK.

Entry requirements: engagement with and evidence of completion of NQF Level 3/advanced level studies equivalent to 12 years of schooling. English language competence at 5.5 or above (with a minimum band score of 5.5 for speaking, 5.5 for writing and no other component lower than 5.0) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) run by the British Council.

Our International Foundation Programmes include mandatory English language (ESOL) development and support, which is intended to increase a student’s IELTS score by at least one full level by the end of the programme.

International Foundation Programmes take one academic year to complete, commencing in September each year and finishing in early June the following year.

Please note that our International Foundation Programmes are not available to students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study in the UK.  Please see our Visas and Immigration page for more information.