International Pathways Centre

Welcome to the International Pathways Centre! Here you will find everything you need to know about your studies. 

We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need and where you can find our contact details. 

I’m a new student                 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

You will have received a letter from our admissions team with information about what you need to do before arriving in Leeds to begin your programme. Please read this carefully and follow the guidance provided to you. 

You are expected to arrive in Leeds in time for the induction programme. If however, you have a genuine reason why you are not able to arrive on time, you must contact us to discuss this as soon as possible.  All students must arrive by the middle of term 1 (week commencing 25th October 2021).  Term dates can be viewed here.

Also, please complete the University’s International Arrivals form as soon as your travel plans are confirmed. 

If you’re coming to Leeds from outside the UK, you’ll find useful travel and arrival information on our Preparing for Leeds webpages, including information about booking our arrival services and how we can support you if you need to self-isolate.

If you have any questions about arriving, please contact IFYAdmissions@leeds.ac.uk.  

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable will include both online sessions and some on-campus welcome activities. Your timetable will be provided to you via email, ready for the IFY start date of 20th September 2021.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Yes, as you will be taught primarily face to face on the University of Leeds campus.  Where large numbers of students do not allow for this to take place due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, online teaching will be used instead to enhance your learning. You will take modules in different schools within the University of Leeds. Each school and your Module Manager/lecturer will provide you with more detail about which sessions are face to face and which are online. 

We understand that there could be delays to the arrival of some students during the beginning of the first semester due to ongoing travel restrictions, and therefore each school has made plans to support you remotely, until you are able to travel here, with the expectation that you will be on campus by the middle of the first term (week commencing 25th October 2021).  Term dates can be viewed here.

How will tutorials/seminars, practical or lab sessions be managed?

It is expected that practical and lab sessions will be delivered face-to-face on campus wherever it can be done safely.  In cases where this is not possible due to the importance of maintaining a safe study environment, alternative activities will be offered to ensure that the programme and module learning outcomes are met.  All Schools are working hard to finalise their delivery plans and this information will be communicated to you once it becomes available.

Where can I go for support? 

If you have any questions or need support, please contact the International Pathways Centre at IFYProgramme@leeds.ac.uk. It is always useful to include your University of Leeds student ID number in your email to help us assist you quickly. 

The following staff in the International Pathways Centre (IPC) can support you in your orientation and studies on the International Foundation Year (IFY). 

If your query is related to a specific module, we recommend that you contact the Module Manager, who will be listed on your module’s Minerva page. 

How will I find out more about my programme?

You can find general information on the IFY website: www.leeds.ac.uk/ify. 

Details of the IFY programmes can be found on the University of Leeds Module and Programme Catalogue.  

Once you have completed your Registration, you will be able to view the Minerva page for each of your modules. These pages will provide you with unique information about each module that you are studying within the foundation year. 

You will also receive important information through Minerva announcements and emails to your University of Leeds email account.  

How will I get to know other students?

If you are arriving early, make sure you join our Summer in Leeds programme activities.

You will have the opportunity to get to know your classmates through both on-campus and online sessions, as well as chat groups and forums. Taking part in welcome and social activities alongside your compulsory classes is an extremely important part of the University experience, so we strongly encourage you to engage with these opportunities throughout the year.  More information about these activities will be provided on Minerva and by email.   

Leeds University Union (LUU) has some great tips on different ways to make friends during your time at the University: LUU making friends

LUU also runs a Leeds Community Facebook group that you can join: Official LUU Leeds Student Community 2021/22

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the International Pathways Centre (IPC)?

Your induction timetable will provide full information about the IPC welcome activities in induction week. This will include important live information lectures, drop-in question and answer (Q&A) sessions online, and on-campus welcome activities. 

You will also have the opportunity to attend on-campus social sessions throughout semester one.

We expect your full participation in this programme, so please ensure that you remain fully available throughout induction.

Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it?

As a student at the University of Leeds, there are some pieces of software that will be particularly useful. You will be able to find out about these when you complete your Student IT Induction. 

We recommend that you keep up-to-date with your timetable and Minerva by downloading the UniLeeds mobile app. You should also become familiar with MS Teams, which can be accessed via Office365.

If specialist software or systems are required for your individual modules, you will be informed about this once you begin your programme.

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer?

Course representatives (or course reps) are expected to liaise with their peers on their programme, submit items for discussion in Student Staff Partnership Forums, and present these in meetings.  Course reps should attend all Student Staff Partnership Forums.  

There is a short description about being a course rep here.

Course reps from each programme are elected at the beginning of the year. Being a course rep is an excellent way of developing your personal and professional skills, as well as enhancing your CV.  We are looking for people who are proactive, good at motivating others and enjoy representing their fellow students and their programme.

If you are interested in becoming a course rep, please contact us as soon as possible at IFYProgramme@leeds.ac.uk with a short paragraph to say why you are interested in the role.  You do not have to wait until you arrive in Leeds to express your interest.

Are there any societies I can join for the school/programme?

As the IFY leads to many different areas of study within the University of Leeds, there is not just one society for an IFY student. There are, in fact, over 300 clubs and societies, covering a range of subject areas and interests that you can choose from: https://welcome.luu.org.uk/clubs-societies. 

More specifically, the Leeds University Union have more than 60 academic societies you can join, ranging from Accounting & Finance to Zoology.  You can also search through the academic-related societies on the LUU website: Find a club or society.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We will contact you before you arrive to allocate a peer mentor to you. Your peer mentor will be a current student at the University, who previously studied on the International Foundation Year.  They will be able to share with you their experiences and help you settle into the University.

You can also contact current international student ambassadors or read a range of their blogs to find out about their experiences of life in Leeds. 

How does assessment work on my programme?

The type of assessments you take will vary from module to module and may include laboratory reports, in-class tests, essay submissions, pieces of design work, presentations or closed book exams. Some will be submitted during the semester or you may take exams during the University exam periods. The details of assessment types and their weightings are in the module descriptor, which will be available on Minerva after you have registered. 

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