University preparation programmes

University preparation programmes at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre

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

Our programmes:

International Foundation Year

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

English Language Preparation Programme 

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

Navigating your path

Whatever your ambition is for the future, Royal Holloway International Study Centre 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 International Study Centre, 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.

 

What our students say

“Studying at the International Study Centre has definitely prepared me for my first year at Royal Holloway. It helped in terms of knowing how to structure my essays the way the university would like them, bringing forward my basic knowledge of sociology into my current course, and adapting very well to the degree.”

 

Latifa from Bahrain studied the Social Sciences pathway and progressed to BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology