International Study Centre

Undergraduate programme pathways

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At Royal Holloway International Study Centre, we offer two kinds of progression programme for undergraduate study, as well as an additional term of English language tuition. Read about our International Foundation Year and International Year One to determine which is the right course to kick-start your higher education in the UK.

Explore our different programmes

International Foundation Year

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The International Foundation Year aims to provide students with the academic skills to progress into an undergraduate degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. Taught on campus at Royal Holloway, this programme is ideal for students who want to study in the UK but feel they could benefit from preparation, both academically and socially, before they enter a degree. The International Foundation Year additionally offers:

  • Three different subject pathways
  • An extra year of study, prior to an undergraduate degree
  • A steadily-paced introduction to life in the UK
  • Small, focused classes with dedicated, supportive teachers
  • Social inclusion and access to student facilities
  • A multi-cultural, accepting learning environment

International Year One

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Preparing you to enter the second year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One is taught on campus at Royal Holloway, University of London, and combines the fast-paced nature of university education with the attentive teaching style of our staff. This programme is aimed at students who feel confident enough in their academic abilities to progress straight into the middle of a degree. The International Year One additionally offers:

  • Four different subject pathways
  • A year of study integrated into the normal length of an undergraduate degree
  • An authentic experience of life in the UK
  • Focused tuition in the style of the British university system
  • Social integration and supportive exposure to university lifestyle
  • A multi-cultural, inclusive learning environment

English Language Preparation

Our English Language preparation courses are extra programmes prior to your academic course, focused solely on improving your written, spoken and academic language skills ahead of starting your International Study Centre undergraduate programme. These courses are ideal for students who do not meet the IELTS requirements for their chosen pathway programme, and aim to bring your English up to a level with which you can academically and socially thrive at the International Study Centre. Our Online Pre-Sessional English programme is delivered at Study Group’s Virtual Study Centre, where students will have the opportunity to learn alongside other international students.

Entry requirements

Check the academic and English language requirements you’ll need to study one of our pathway programmes.

Fees

Find out how much it costs to study one of our programmes and how to pay for it.

Term dates

Our programmes run throughout the academic year and have multiple start dates. Find out when you could begin studying with us.

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