University preparation programmes

University preparation programmes at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre

The International Study Centre (ISC) at Royal Holloway offers international students on-campus preparation for their undergraduate degree programmes and future careers.

Our programmes:

International Foundation Year (IFY)

A three term programme designed for admission to a Royal Holloway undergraduate degree. The programme has four subject pathways teaching you core academic modules and study skills before starting your chosen degree.

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

For those who do not quite meet the English language entry requirements for the International Foundation Year, ELPP provides additional English language tuition prior to starting the IFY programme.

Navigating your path

Whatever your ambition is for the future, Royal Holloway ISC will help you achieve it. From assisting you when choosing your degree programme to advising on employable skills and career options, the door is always open to offer you support.

University-style teaching

The ISC introduces you to the style of teaching that you will continue with when you progress onto your degree. You will experience small group and individual tutorials, seminar style classes and larger group lectures.

Access to university facilities

As a student at the ISC, you will be part of the Royal Holloway community from the day you start your programme. In addition to the range of benefits available for International Foundation Year students, you will have access to a full range of College facilities, including IT services, the Library and the Students’ Union.

We provide language support and academic tuition for international students who do not quite reach the requirements of Royal Holloway. Our mission is to make sure international students are prepared to progress on to Royal Holloway degree programmes of their choice.

Academic IELTS for UKVI*  Terms Sept Oct Jan April June Aug Sept
5.0 overall
with min
5.0 in writing
3 Term 1
Sept to Dec
Term 2
Jan to March
Term 3
April to June
 
Start the first year of your chosen degree
5.0 overall
with min
5.0 in writing
3 Term 1
Jan to March
Term 2
April to June

Term 3
June to Aug    

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

The International Foundation Year is an approved programme delivered by Study Group and taught on-campus at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. 

Study Group is a global leader in private higher education, language and career education, in the United States, Canada, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Study Group provides the highest quality educational opportunities for 73,000 students from more than 145 countries in over 85 campuses across the world.

What our students say...

“The style of the education is completely different.  For example, during the class, the tutors are more focused on what you think and what your opinion is. There is a lot of opportunity for you to express yourself.”


Xyuing (Shelly) from China studied the Art, Media, Film and Music pathway