Foundation courses

If you are from a country where the secondary (High School) education system is broader than that of the UK, or is one year shorter, you may need to take a foundation course, or ‘top-up’ course, before you are considered ready to enter a UK undergraduate degree scheme. These kinds of programmes are normally one year in duration and are offered by a wide variety of educational institutions.

You can study for your Foundation course at Lancaster. Our International Foundation Year means that you will be based on campus. It is a rigorous three-term course of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed specifically to provide international students with a direct path to their chosen degree at Lancaster University.

Lancaster also runs in-country one-year Foundation Courses with selected partner institutions overseas. These are for students who wish to stay in their own country while they prepare for undergraduate study at Lancaster. Further information about these programmes and their location.

Remember to check our pages on country specific entry requirements and information about our representatives in your country for supplementary information.

We also accept students who have completed foundation courses from a range of other recognised institutions. In each case, a particular level of achievement will be expected depending on the system operating in each institution.