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International Study Centre

English Language Preparation

English language programme to improve your skills for the International Foundation Year

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements to study our International Foundation Year programme, you can still enrol by taking an English language course first.

Key facts

Course length: One term
Entry points: June or September
Age: 17+

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Improve your English

This intensive English programme will improve your language skills up to the level needed for the International Foundation Year. It is specifically designed to increase your IELTS score to the grade required by the International Study Centre.

We can accept equivalent proof of English if:

  • Your current English language level is equivalent to IELTS 4.5 for UKVI 4.5, and
  • You do not need a Tier 4 visa (or are exempted in another way).

In any other case, the one-term English Language Preparation is recommended for you. It will help you increase your score to 5.0.

Term dates

September 2019 start

23/09/2019 - 07/12/2019

June 2020 start

11/06/2020 – 21/08/2020

ISC student Karolina

“Studying at the International Study Centre gave me the academic English skills to write essays. When I was at school, the main focus was on spoken English, so that you can at least communicate, but the International Study Centre helped me with essays and other textual analysis for Philosophy. Now I can structure my work correctly and reference the right way.”

Karolina from Russia
Studied International Foundation Year in Social Sciences, progressed to BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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Choose your International Foundation Year pathway

Once you complete your English language programme and achieve the required grade, you will be able to choose your preferred route in the International Foundation Year:

Arts and Social Sciences

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The International Foundation Year in Arts and Social Sciences prepares you for an undergradaute degree in the humanities and creative arts at Royal Holloway. Graduates have the option to work in a variety of industries.

Management and Economics

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The International Foundation Year in Management and Economics is your pathway to a degree at the School of Management at Royal Holloway. Split into two routes, you can choose your modules based on your interests.


Scientific research at RHUL labs

The International Foundation Year in Sciences prepares you for a research-intensive degree at Royal Holloway which is famous for its research performance. Choose between two routes and become an expert in a science of your choice.