International Study Centre 

International Year One in Economics

A pathway leading to multiple undergraduate degrees in economics

The International Year One in Economics at the International Study Centre will prepare you to join a variety of undergraduate degrees at Royal Holloway. As an equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, this programme will prepare you to enter the second year of your chosen degree.

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: September or January

Age: 17+

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What you will study

The International Year One in Economics is designed to prepare international students with an in-depth knowledge of different aspects of economics and the necessary transferable skills to prepare you for a global workplace. The programme will also develop the relevant quantitative and computing skills required for you to engage in logical and philosophical debates.

This programme will additionally support you with the required academic English language tuition, enabling you to improve your level of writing and speaking skills in order to successfully study a degree in English.

Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to undergraduate success, by studying our International Year One course from September 2021 and the remainder of your degree with one visa.

  • Doing this means you will benefit from:
  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the International Year One programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before joining your undergraduate degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Ideal for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK

*IELTS or equivalent required, alternatives accepted include TOEFL iBT, Pearson, IGCSE, IB, HKDSE, India HSC (recognised board), Malaysia SPM, WAEC.

Progression degrees

By successfully completing your International Year One, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies at Royal Holloway by joining the second year of an undergraduate degree. You will need the correct grades for progression, and these are subject to change. Our staff will offer counsel and advice about this when you are nearing the end of your programme.

You can study one of the following undergraduate degrees:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
BSc(Econ) Economics BSc (Econ) 50% 60% with 50% R & Wr and no lower than 40% in other
BSc(Econ) Economics with a Year in Business BSc (Econ) 50% 60% with 50% R & Wr and no lower than 40% in other
BSc(Econ) Financial & Business Economics BSc (Econ) 50% 60% with 50% R & Wr and no lower than 40% in other

Term dates

September 2021

Semester 1: 27/09/2021 - 11/02/2022
Semester 2: 21/02/2022 - 17/06/2022

January 2022

Semester 1 10/01/2022 - 29/04/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 19/08/2022

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