International Study Centre

International Foundation Year

Designed to help you to succeed in a UK university environment.

What is the International Foundation Year?

The International Foundation Year is a two-semester programme delivered at the International Study Centre. Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year, and achieving the required grades, you will join the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for international students who have good academic qualifications and are looking to further develop their English language skills and academic subject knowledge.

Our new November intakes

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree at the same time as originally planned.

By taking our November intake you will benefit from five additional weeks of activities before the start of your academic studies at no additional cost.

Key highlights include:

  • Full enrichment programme – daily online enrichment classes
  • Live tutor classes - 15 hours of face-to-face teaching per week.
  • Social activities - daily breakfast club during induction week and a programme of social events and activities to join every day.
  • Practical project skills - exciting 20+ hour project to apply skills in a real-life context, with tutor guidance.

  • All of this is offered face-to-face, allowing you to not only get a head start in applying skills in real-life projects, receiving support at settling in at university and in the UK and making friends by joining a series of social events. You will also be fully prepared to start your academic modules from January.

    Due to the nature of the additional activities offered at the beginning of these November intakes, students will be expected to be in country and ready to start their studies face to face at the start of the programme.

    Subject routes

    We offer two pathways for progression to LJMU. International Foundation Year students can choose between the Business, Law and Social Studies and Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences pathways. Each pathway has a selection of core and optional modules, as well as English classes, and both lead on to a variety of progression degrees.

    Alternatively, the Extended International Foundation Year may be a good choice for you. On this foundation course you can choose between the same two subject routes but you'll spend additional time with us at the International Study Centre to ensure you're ready for your undergraduate degree.

    Business, Law and Social Studies

    Students in a class at LJMU

    Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences

    Students in an engineering class at LJMU

    Why study the International Foundation Year?

    By choosing the International Foundation Year at LJMU International Study Centre, you're deciding to unlock your potential and boost your career prospects.

    Wide range of degrees

    Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year, you can choose from a wide range of undergraduate degrees at LJMU. With our dedicated faculty, you'll receive support to help you progress to where you want to be.

    Focus on your career

    We have integrated career activities throughout the modules you'll study as part of your foundation course. Our expert teaching staff will be able to give you the knowledge you need for future career success, and offer useful advice to help you stand out in the job market.

    Assessing your progress

    Throughout your time with us, we will regularly assess your work and ensure you are on the path to complete your programme successfully. Your assessment may include:

    • exams
    • essays
    • presentations
    • group projects
    • laboratory exercises.

    Improve your English

    At LJMU International Study Centre, you will be taught and assessed in English. The International Foundation Year is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your English skills ready for your undergraduate studies at the University.

    Entry requirements and fees

    You can find the entry requirements for the International Foundation Year on the relevant route page. You can learn more about the programme fees here.


    Join us on campus

    Find out what you need to know about starting on campus, blended learning and preparing to travel.

    Virtual learning

    If you are unable to travel to the UK for the start of your programme, you can start virtually from the comfort of your home.

    Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.