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International Year Zero - De Montfort University International College

The IYZ is the first year of the International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB), which offers you a different start to your undergraduate study at De Montfort University.

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Key Information

The IYZ is the first year of the four-year IIB which is taught at De Montfort University International College (DMUIC). Your first year focuses on strengthening your English abilities and introducing the key concepts and academic skills required for your chosen degree subject. Once you successfully complete this year, you will continue studying the remaining stages of your degree course directly with DMU.

Depending on your academic profile, you can study a three or four-year degree course.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

April 2022 | January 2022 | January 2023 | September 2022

Pathway Tuition Fee


How does the course work

This course will give you the perfect start to your degree at DMU. You will study the first stages of the four-year IIB at DMUIC in order to complete your degree at DMU.

Our classes prepare you for higher education at DMU to give you the best preparation for DMU’s lecture halls and classrooms and bridge the gap from high school to higher education.

You can choose from one of the following six routes:

  • Art and Design
  • Business and Law
  • Engineering and Computing
  • Life Sciences
  • Media
  • Pharmacy


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

It is vital you can communicate in English and understand your lectures. You will learn how to express your opinions and arguments in writing as well as through speech, produce written academic work and enhance your research skills.

This module is designed to help students make the transition to UK Higher Education. Students will be introduced to a range of study skills that will help them become more successful in their studies at DMU.

You will gain a foundation in IT skills and enhance your math abilities. You will learn how to use Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Study referencing in academic writing, learn how to avoid plagiarism, experience note-taking in a lecture hall environment, and develop your confidence by undertaking exercises in
public speaking and debating.

Available subjects
Art & Design

This is a practical course that includes creative work as well as theory. You will learn how to manage creative projects and prepare your portfolio. Whether you are going on to study fashion or architecture, you will learn the foundations needed for your chosen discipline.

Business & Law

This course is designed to give you a solid grounding in the basic principles Of management, marketing strategy and economics as well as law, government and society, depending on your chosen route of study. Students on this course will gain insight into a wide number of organisational practices, theories and behaviours.

Engineering & Computing

This is a broad course encompassing key principles of both disciplines. Designed to give you a foundation in real-world systems, to prepare you for a degree across a range of exciting areas including Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Aeronautical Engineering.

Life Sciences

A career in science is challenging, but the rewards are huge – you will be at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and have the chance to help others. On this course, you will be given a thorough grounding in human biology and chemistry.


This course introduces you to a wide spectrum of topics. From politics to production, you will study everything you need to get a solid foundation in media and progress to your media-related degree.


This course gives you the solid foundation in the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that you need to be able to study towards a pharmacy degree with the prestigious Leicester School of Pharmacy

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

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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