International Stage One - Edinburgh Napier University International College

The International Stage One is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree.

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International Stage One

The International Stage One (IS1) represents the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree which caters specifically for the needs of international students. It provides an opportunity for you to take part in a bespoke programme which maps against the standard first year offered at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). You will be able to study in the supportive environment of an international college situated on an ENU campus and follow a Learning, Teaching and Assessment Approach designed to meet their learning needs while still being immersed in a university environment, accessing University facilities and resources and following university undergraduate regulations. Successful completion of the IS1 enables you to join the second year of your undergraduate studies at Edinburgh Napier University.

During your studies on IS1 you will enhance your English language capabilities, develop academic study skills appropriate to the UK Higher Education environment and acclimate to living and studying in another country and cultural context very different from their own. Alongside language and study skills tuition, students working on the International Stage One are also able to study content modules within a chosen field of study and which are closely related to modules delivered in ENU’s standard year one. You are therefore able to join their second year studies at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 8 alongside continuing students with increased confidence in both your language and study skills and subject knowledge.

Students can choose from Business or Computing pathways.


Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates


Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
International Stage One IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.


Depending on your chosen progression route, we have a tailored programme to support you to your goal.

Common Module

The ESUS module raises your awareness of the critical importance of English language competence in all four language skills areas within an academic context and provides English language preparation for continuing study onto the later stages of an undergraduate degree programme. Emphasis is also placed on developing the study skills you require for success, for example, research, critical assessment of sources, academic writing, team working, and your understanding of the conventions of higher education and of the need for good academic practice.

30 Credits

Pathway Courses

Students will understand the fundamentals in business, with modules tailored to your future degree. These include tailored tailored to a degree progress in ‘Business’, ‘Accounting and Finance’, ‘International Hospitality, Tourism and Events’, ‘Marketing’ and ‘Economics’.


International Stage One – Computing provides students with the understanding and introduction to programming, systems, software engineering and networks.

Digital Media

International Stage One – Digital Media is all around us in our daily lives, this pathway provides both theory and technical study of digital technology including programming, imaging, and human-computer interaction.


Our International Stage One – Engineering gives students an introduction and understanding into the principles and materials so you can progress into your chosen degree with confidence.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)