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Integrated Foundation Year

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International students

Manchester is a diverse, multicultural city, and the University takes great pride in welcoming students from across the world.

All students studying on our Integrated Foundation Year courses benefit from being part of the undergraduate student community. Your studies will be on the same campus, have access to the same facilities and be taught by the same University staff – you will have the same student experience as any other undergraduate.

Esteban Velez Froment

During my Foundation Year I managed to practice my English. At the beginning understanding the lectures was quite challenging, however, during the last lectures, I realised that I could understand almost everything, which made me feel more confident.

Esteban Velez Froment / BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management

When coming to Manchester to study from overseas, there are a few things to consider before you apply.

Find out more about the University’s funding options, language information and Manchester in general, below.

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. 

The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either: 

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade 4/C ,
  • IELTS Academic/IELTS for UKVI (Academic) 6.0 overall with no sub-skill below 5.5,
  • TOEFL iBT 80 overall with no less than 20 in speaking and 18 in all other subscores. We do not accept TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition,
  •  An acceptable equivalent qualification. 

Where specified, we also require grade 1 or 2 in the Oral Exam component of the iGCSE English Language (first or second language) qualification. 

Please note, international students would require an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) if the Foundation Year is taken as a stand-alone qualification.

Visa requirements

To study at The University of Manchester, international students require a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Please read the University’s guidance on visas before you start working on your application.