International Study Centre

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.

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 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.


    A student in a class at LJMU  


    An LJMU student in the engineering lab

    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.

    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.