University preparation programmes

Your pathway to success

At the International Study Centre we offer programmes for a range of interests from creative arts, to business, sciences and engineering. Each programme introduces you to the UK style of teaching while raising your academic knowledge, English language level and study skills. 

Once you complete your programme and achieve the required grades, you can start your degree at the University of Surrey with the skills you need to succeed.

What is a pathway programme?

Our pathway programmes are designed to help you develop your academic skills in order to study at a UK university and prepare for your future. We offer options for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The International Foundation Year is a two-semester programme designed to prepare you for an undergraduate degree in a subject of your choice. If you are aiming for postgraduate study, our Pre-Masters is available to help you build the skills you need for Masters level study, with the duration of the programme dependent on your English language level. 

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your International Foundation Year, you can take our English Language Preparation programme. 

Flexible study options

You can choose to study your programme on campus or start online from home. Find out more about preparing to study and choosing how you study your programme with us.

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International Foundation Year

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This two-semester pathway programme leads to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.


Pre-Masters Preparation for Surrey University

This pathway programme leads to a wide range of postgraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.


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Explore the subjects you can study when to you progress to the University and learn about the pathway options that will help you enter your chosen career.


Find out about tuition fees for all International Study Centre programmes, plus accommodation and additional costs. 

Why study a pathway programme?

Develop your subject knowledge

No matter what you're passionate about, our pathway programmes are a great way to develop your knowledge. With us you'll learn from expert teachers who want to share their knowledge with you, make friends who are interested in the same things as you, and learn the terminology and academic language necessary to study your chosen subject in English.

Support and guidance every step of the way

Teachers and staff at the International Study Centre are here to help you settle in to UK life and the British education system. As well as helping you adjust to studying in the UK, our staff are also here to help you get accustomed to life outside of the University, with helpful tips and advice on making the most of your time in England. You will also have the added benefit of starting your pathway programme (and subsequent degree) with people who are in the same situation as you – so you will have your own support system both inside and outside the classroom.

Expand your academic skills

Outside of developing your subject-specific knowledge, your pathway programme will also give you the opportunity to develop your academic skills in other areas. From time management to organisational skills, to critical thinking and research abilities, completing a pathway programme helps you to become an employable university graduate.

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