Foundation in Computer Science

An introduction to the world of IT and technology before progressing onto your chosen degree

Key Information



Two or three semesters (full-time)


Three years (full-time)

Intake dates

October 2023 (two/three semesters)

January 2024 (two semesters)



Tuition Fees 2023/24

Two semesters:

International €16,500 /  EU €9,900

Three semesters:

International €20,000 /  EU €13,500


The Foundation Year is designed for students who either do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry (English level, school qualifications, etc.) or would like to gain additional subject or academic skills confidence prior to the start of their degree course.

International Foundation in Computer Science provides an introduction to the IT world and guarantees progression onto BSc (Hons) Computer Science or BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (subject to meeting the required criteria).

The programme can be completed in either 2 or 3 semesters depending on academic qualification and level of English. Upon successful completion you will progress seamlessly into the first year of your chosen degree at Lancaster University Leipzig. 

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The educational aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop students’ fundamental knowledge and understanding of the relevant disciplinary elements in computer science and related fields

  • Develop in students a broad range of transferable academic literacy, research and analytical skills to succeed in undergraduate study

  • Ensure that students have attained the prescribed level of English language competence to succeed on specified Lancaster University undergraduate programmes in related fields 

  • Prepare students to operate effectively and autonomously within the framework of higher education

  • Develop students’ graduate attributes to optimise future employability prospects in a global environment

Modules (two semesters)

  • Academic English and Skills
  • Introduction to Computing and Programming
  • Application Development
  • The Evolution of Computing and Communications
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • German Language

Modules (three semesters)

  • Academic Listening        
  • Academic Speaking        
  • Academic Writing          
  • Academic Reading         
  • German Language
  • Academic English and Skills
  • Introduction to Computing and Programming
  • Application Development
  • The Evolution of Computing and Communications
  • Mathematics for Computer Science         

Teaching is delivered via a combination of small group lectures and group-based tutorial coursework (oral and written presentation), and assessment is via individual coursework (oral and written presentation) and examinations.

You will be encouraged throughout to undertake independent study to supplement what is being taught/learnt and to broaden your personal knowledge.

All teaching is carried out in English. 

We set our fees on an annual basis.

As a guide, our tuition fees for the academic year 2023/24 are:

Foundation two semesters (October 2023 & January 2024): International €16,500  /  EU €9,900 

Foundation three semesters (October 2023): International €20,000 /  EU €13,500 

An annual increase of up to 5% of fees may occur.

At Lancaster University Leipzig we offer a range of scholarships and funding/loan options to our students to help cover the cost of tuition and/or living expenses.

There are two progression options available upon successful completion of the Foundation in Computer Science. 

Visit their dedicated sections for more information on degree fees, modules and career opportunities. 

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

BSC (Hons) Software Engineering

Please click on the link below to visit the full, country specific entry requirements for this programme.

The language of instruction at Lancaster University Leipzig is English. To enter the degree, you must be able to demonstrate you are suitably proficient in English. 

Please note that proof of German language is not required to study in Germany in English.

Visit the link below for information about English entry levels.

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Find out if you are eligible for one of our merit-based scholarships, which could earn you up to €5000 in savings.


Find your new home in Leipzig in our safe, friendly and affordable accommodation, available to all new students. 

Why choose us

Discover how you can earn a degree from a top UK university while while studying on a modern, urban campus in Germany.