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International Foundation

A helping hand onto your chosen degree at the University of Leicester

One offer letter

Apply for the Global Study Centre and you’ll be given an offer (conditional or unconditional) that covers both the two semester Foundation and the full duration of your degree at the University of Leicester. .

When you apply for a Student Visa, you will be issued with one visa covering your full academic journey in Leicester.


The Foundation programme is the first stage of the undergraduate study route. The transition from high school to university is a big step, perhaps the most important in a student’s life. The Global Study Centre understands this, and will provide you with the guidance and support you need to progress seamlessly onto your degree.

A Foundation at the Global Study Centre is the perfect option for students who need to improve their skills and raise their academic level before progressing onto the first year of an undergraduate degree.

This two semester programme will help you build your knowledge of your chosen degree subject, as well as offering extra English language and wider academic support.

Upon successful completion, you will automatically progress onto the first year of your degree.

Study options

Foundation in Economics and Management

Develop your fundamental knowledge and understanding of economics and management before progressing onto your chosen degree.

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Foundation in Engineering and Technology

Improve your fundamental knowledge and understanding of engineering and technology before progressing onto your chosen degree.

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Foundation in Science

Broaden your understanding of scientific theories and disciplines before progressing onto your chosen degree, from Biochemistry to Geology.

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Foundation in Society and Culture

Develop your knowledge and understanding of social sciences, humanities and culture before progressing onto your chosen degree.

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International Year One

Alternatively, if you're looking to study a management related degree you may find that you meet the entry requirements for the International Year One.

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There are many reasons why starting your study adventure with a Foundation could be the right option for you:

  • Guaranteed entry into an undergraduate degree – even if you don’t initially have the qualifications you need to join your chosen undergraduate degree, you are guaranteed entry after successfully completing your chosen Foundation. You will be issued one offer letter, combining your Foundation  and the three years of your undergraduate degree.
  • Flexible entry points – the Global Study Centre offers intakes in both January and September, allowing you to start your studies at a time that best suits you and your academic plans.
  • Improve your English – all programmes at the University of Leicester are taught in English. No matter how strong your English is, the idea of studying in another language can be daunting. A Foundation offers dedicated communication and learning skills classes and will empower you to feel more confident when you enter your first year.
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