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University pathway programmes

Find out more about the programmes we offer at the International Study Centre.

Pathway to university

The International Study Centre is your route to success at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programmes to get the most from your degree. Each of our university pathways has different entry requirements so that you get the level of teaching you need.

Benefits of a university pathway programme

  • Develop your English language skills and adjust to UK life in a safe, welcoming environment.
  • Improve your subject knowledge and learn through university-style teaching on a course designed for international students.
  • Create a network of fellow international students and share this exciting experience with others.

How do university preparation programmes work?

A university preparation programme allows you to develop the required subject knowledge, study skills, and English language level to meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree at university. Once you successfully complete your programme at LJMU International Study Centre and achieve the required grades, you can progress to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University.

Academic programmes​

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International Foundation Year

A one-year preparatory course designed to help you to succeed once you progress to study at LJMU. Study with other international students and progress to an undergraduate degree at LJMU. 

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Extended International Foundation Year

This programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of international students — allowing additional time for you to develop the skills you need for undergraduate study

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International Year One

Two pathways designed to equip you for entry straight on to the second year of an undergraduate degree.

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Pre-Masters Programme

A one-semester preparatory course designed to improve your English and practice the academic skills required for successful postgraduate study. Progress to your chosen Masters programme at LJMU.


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English Language Courses

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

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Prepare for Success

Join our online preparation course at no extra cost, so that you are ready to thrive academically and culturally in your new environment.

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Enhanced Induction

Get a head start on your studies with our 3-week Enhanced Induction programme, designed to help you settle into your new home – at no extra cost.

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How to apply

See how to apply for a course at the International Study Centre and view the documents you need to provide with your application.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.