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International Year One

Designed to equip you for entry on to the second year of an undergraduate degree.

What is the International Year One?

The International Year One is a pathway programme equivalent to the first year of undergraduate study. Upon successful completion of the programme, and achievement of the required grades, you can progress to the second year of your undergraduate degree at LJMU.

Who is this programme for?

The International Year One is perfect if you need some extra support with academic, study and English language skills but want to complete your undergraduate degree in three years.

Subject routes

We offer two subject routes so you can progress to your undergraduate degree with the right skillset. You can choose between two pathways: Business or Engineering. Both pathways have a selection of core modules related to your academic subject, and optional modules that will allow you to specialise your learning.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

Why study the International Year One?

Complete your undergraduate degree in three years

By successfully completing the International Year One at LJMU International Study Centre, you'll graduate in the usual three years while still gaining the knowledge you need for future success.

A supportive environment

The programme allows you to familiarise yourself with UK university-style teaching, in a safe, international environment. Our expert faculty at the International Study Centre will always be on hand to help you.

Assessing your progress

Throughout your International Year One, we will assess your progress to make sure you are on track to successfully complete your programme, and progress to LJMU with all the skills you need to succeed.

Combined visa

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

Joining with a combined visa means that you will benefit from:

  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to Academic 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

The combined visa is also a great option for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK.

Entry requirements and fees

You can see the programme's entry requirements on the relevant subject route page, and view the course fees here.

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Join us on campus

Find out more about studying with us, how your programme will be delivered, and tips for preparing to travel.

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English Courses

Need to improve your English? You can study a range of English language courses at Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre.

Prepare for Success

5 weeks before your selected course you will be automatically enrolled in our Prepare for Success online programme in order to help you get everything you need.