Bangor University International College

International Year Zero - Bangor University International College (BUIC)

The International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first year of the four-year International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB) at Bangor University International College (BUIC).

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The International Year Zero (IYZ) is the perfect pathway for anyone wanting to study at Bangor University but does not have the required academic and English language skills to apply.

The IYZ offers a 4-year degree option at Bangor University and is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language.

Your first year is taught at BUIC and once successfully completed, you will continue studying the remaining stages of your degree directly with Bangor University. During the IYZ you will:

  • Study at the University campus
  • Have full access to the university amenities and student benefits

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4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates

January | November | October

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component


As well as modules unique to your specific pathway, your will also study several modules common to all pathways.

Common modules for ALL IYZ pathways

EAP aims to improve your English skills to help you with life and study in the UK. You’ll learn the critical importance of English Language competence in an academic context and prepare for continuing academic study at Bangor University.

Providing an introduction to government and society in the UK, this module explores how Britain has changed and developed since 1945. You’ll learn the main features of British democracy, the crown, Parliament, cabinet government, devolution, local government and the role of the civil service.

The module also introduces you to the key features of British society and changes that have taken place in recent decades around issues of class, ethnicity, gender, rights and obligations, as well as considering how Britain relates to, influences and is influenced by the wider world.

In this module, you’ll focus on appropriate means of communication in academic work and developing a foundation in computing and IT skills that will enable you to be successful in your undergraduate studies. You’ll become familiar with the conventions of academic discourse and writing, and learn to avoid plagiarism and poor academic practice. You’ll also develop skills in word processing and spreadsheets to ensure you submit assignments appropriately, as well as using PowerPoint to deliver more effective presentations.

Available Subjects
Engineering and Computer Science

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the practical and technical skills required to support your continuation onto your chosen Engineering and Computer Science degree.

Law Media Psychology and Social Sciences

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the practical and technical skills required to support your continuation onto your chosen Business, Management and Economics degree.

Business and Management

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the practical and technical skills required to support your continuation onto your chosen Business and Management degree.

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)

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