International Year One in International Relations


This two-semester course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop the skills you need to join the second year of a related degree at the University of Leeds, by building on your pre-existing English language skills and supporting you through the introduction to a British-style university curriculum. Teachers work closely with students to bring you a tailored, personal studying experience and allow you to seamlessly enter an undergraduate degree.

Key information

With a core focus on English language development, this two-semester programme additionally prepares you for further study with introductions to topics such as politics, international trade and global economy. Once you have successfully completed the programme, and achieved the required grades, you will be fully equipped to join the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree.

  • Teaching at the University of Leeds is designed to develop your knowledge and skills, so that you can be a part of the next generation of highly skilled and critical thinkers and graduate with a globally-recognised degree.
  • Whichever subject you choose to study, research will be at the heart of your learning at the University of Leeds. You’ll be close to the breakthroughs that are having a real impact in the world, and have the opportunity to get involved in research happening on campus. Learn more about the world-class facilities and research at Leeds.
  • Many degrees at the University of Leeds give you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. You can choose a module that is related to your course, or try something completely new.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 3.5 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
2 Semesters: IELTS 5.5

Dates & Fees

September 2023 start
(2 Semesters)
Mon 25 September 2023 - Fri 24 May 2024


Compulsory Modules
Academic English Skills
British Politics
Freedom, Power & Resistance
Introduction to International Relations
Studying and Research in International Relations


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

International Relations with Quantitative Research Methods-BA (Hons)
65% overall with no less than 55% in each skill
A pass in all modules

International Relations-BA (Hons)
65% overall with no less than 55% in each skill
Pass in all modules