International Study Centre

Degree preparation programmes

Your pathway to university success

We offer a range of university preparation programmes at the International Study Centre that cover all levels of study in higher education. These programmes are designed for ambitious international students who do not meet the academic or English language entry requirements for direct entry to the University of Strathclyde.

The programmes available are Undergraduate Foundation Programme, International Year One BBA and Pre-Masters Programme, plus English language preparation courses. Each of these programmes will introduce your chosen subject area as well as improve your English language skills. After successful completion of your International Study Centre programme, you will be able to progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

How do preparation programmes work?

The preparation programmes are taught on campus and introduce you to the style of teaching you’ll experience at the University of Strathclyde while you settle into life in Scotland. You will learn in a supportive environment surrounded by other international students who will also be adjusting to a new culture and lifestyle. You will be part of university life from your first day, able to get involved with student events and join clubs where you can meet people with similar interests to you.

Discover your eligibility via our entry requirements and find out how to apply.

Degree preparation programme duration

Each International Study Centre programme gives you the opportunity to progress to the next suitable year following successful completion of your pathway programme.

In Scotland, undergraduate degrees are usually four-year programmes, with some exceptions. This gives you the flexibility to find out what suits you best before committing to your final degree subject. With a broader knowledge base, you’ll have a stronger academic foundation for when you decide to specialise. 


University of Strathclyde International Study Centre programme and timeline

This is an example timeline. Some exceptions may apply. Find out more on the programme pages.

Why study a pathway course?

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.