International Year Zero (IYZ)

The International Year Zero (IYZ) at University of Kent International College (UK IC) is the first year of a 4-year International Incorporated Bachelors.

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About the International Year Zero

The International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first year of a 4-year International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB). Your first year is taught at University of Kent International College (UK IC). Once you successfully complete this year, you will continue studying the remaining stages of your degree at University of Kent.

During the three terms encapsulating the IYZ, you’ll gain additional skills in your chosen study route and the necessary English language skills to succeed during your studies.

During the IYZ you will:

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

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates

January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
IYZ IELTS score requirement is 5.5 with no less that 5.5 in any component
IYZ Oxford ELLT - 5


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

Common modules

This module will develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities.  You will apply your English language through activities such as critical reading, presentations, and academic writing.

This module is an opportunity to develop academic and transferable skills through research into a specific topic.  You will learn about literature review, research methods, analysis, and ethics.

This module enables international students to engage with critical reflection on their learning style, and the skills, knowledge and crucially the cultural aspects related to their Higher Education studies.

Available Subjects
Computing Engineering Mathematical Sciences

Our International Foundation Programme – Computing, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences enables you to understand a range of areas relating to your further degree study. These include Maths, Data Analysis, Computer Sciences, Programming and Digital Design.


Our International Year Zero – Business enables you to understand a range of areas. You will develop their knowledge in business, economics, statistics and data analysis which opens up a variety of career opportunities.

Arts and Humanities

Our International Year Zero – Arts and Humanities enables you to understand a range of areas. You will develop your communication and creative skills whilst taking specific modules relating to your further degree study.

Human and Social Sciences

Our International Year Zero – Human and Social Sciences enables you to understand a range of areas, preparing you for study a degree in Politics, Economics or Psychology

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)