If you'd like to study in the UK, you may need to take a UKVI IELTS to show your English language ability in order to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. We suggest you take an IELTS exam before you apply for your visa. Other English language qualifications may be accepted. We'll help you at every step so please contact us for guidance on your specific situation.
In most cases, to apply for an undergraduate or graduate Pathway program, you’ll need to take an IELTS or TOEFL iBT. Minimum language requirements are different for each program and degree, so check the requirements on the program pages. You won’t need to take these tests before applying to the Academic English, General English, Campus Year Abroad or Study Abroad with English programs.
You can apply using our online application forms. We have more than 10 years' experience supporting international students just like you, and we want to help make this process as simple as possible. We recommend that you apply early in case courses fill up quickly, but in most cases we can accept students right up to when our courses begin. Ask us about current program availability for personalised guidance on the best choices for you!
When you submit your application, you'll need to provide these documents: Copy(ies) of your academic transcripts and certificates from the last three years of study. A copy of your most recent Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate. From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. If you have taken another Secure English Language Test (SELT) you may be able to use this as a 'transitional SELT' for applications up to 5 November 2015. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details. The test must have been taken within the last two years prior to the start date of your intended academic programme. We will need to see the original certificate along with an English translated version school stamp or agent stamp. For English Language programmes you will just need to provide your SELT certificate. For General English courses you will need to provide a copy of your passport.
To accept your place, complete and sign the acceptance form that we sent to you with your offer letter and return the form along with the required deposit. The deposit amount is included in your offer letter. The deposit is part of your total payment and usually includes the tuition fee deposit and accommodation deposit. If you will study in the UK, your deposit will also include fees for the Uniplan medical insurance. If you will study in the US, you will pay your health insurance fees after you arrive at the university. Your offer letter explains payment options. If you are a sponsored student (a student that receives financial assistance from a government, organisation or company) you’ll only be required to pay a deposit for items not provided by your sponsorship such as accomodation. If you hold a conditional place in a course, you can still accept your offer. If you have any questions about your offer, your course, accommodation, or anything else please contact us.
You can check details about eligibility requirements for each course or program at any of our universitities by using the course selector. If you want to chat with us about what the best choices are for you, we are happy to help!
When you submit your application to a Pathway, you'll need to provide these documents: a copy of your passport, copy(ies) of your academic transcripts and certificates of all high school and post-secondary education, a copy of a valid English language exam, and proof of financial support for your first year of expenses (bank letter or certificate). If you are already studying in the US, you also need to submit a copy of your US visa and current I-20 form. If someone other than you will pay for your studies, then you need to submit an official financial guarantee from a sponsor or an affidavit of financial support signed by the person whose name appears on the bank letter or certificate.
An International Foundation programme is designed to help when you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry to an undergraduate degree programme. You’ll also adapt to the education system at a British university and improve your English language skills.
The Pathway programs at our US university partners allow you to earn credits toward your bachelor's or master's degree while improving your academic and English language skills. You can save time by entering a Pathway program if your language scores and grades don't quite meet the university's direct entry requirements.
International Year One (sometimes called an International Diploma) is equivalent to the first year of a UK undergraduate degree (or second year at Scottish universities). It will prepare you for second year-entry to your chosen university degree programme (third year if you are studying at a Scottish university). You’ll develop your study skills, English language, and subject knowledge, ready university study. You'll also receive support from our friendly staff to complete your UCAS application to your chosen degree programme.
A Graduate Diploma in the UK is a pre-master's course. It will prepare you for a master's degree in the UK. You’ll learn about postgraduate study, covering areas such as research skills, English language skills, group work and effective time management. You’ll also benefit from guidance on personal and academic development. (Note: In the US, this type of program is called a graduate Pathway, which guarantees your progression to full degree status and usually allows you to earn credits toward your master's degree.
We offer two types of academic English courses in the UK: English for University Study and a Pre-sessional English course. With English for University Study, you’ll learn about the language and gain the study skills need for successful academic study at university. Pre-sessional English will help you if you hold an offer from a university for an undergraduate or postgraduate course and are academically qualified, but want to improve your English. It focuses on academic English and general study skills.
A multi-pathway Centre is an INTO Centre where you study an INTO pathway and can progress to a wide range of universities in the UK. The multi-pathway Centres are INTO Manchester (progress to NCUK universities), INTO London (progress to INTO Affiliate universities) and INTO University of Stirling (progress to a range of leading Scottish universities).
You can take a Secure English Language Test (SELT), or contact us to find out more about taking an INTO test. IELTS tests are Secure English Language Tests that are taken at approved testing centres and provide evidence of your English language level.
You’ll be expected to attend classes on time, complete all coursework and exams, respect other students and staff, work hard in, and out of, class, ensure all work submitted is your own.
100% of INTO students who pass pathway courses progress to higher education.
We guarantee to find you an appropriate degree and university place if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements. If you’ve already met the academic entry requirements for your chosen degree programme, our English language courses could provide you with assured progression onto an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course.
Normally, it will take you three years to complete a standard undergraduate degree (four years in Scotland). A master's degree normally takes a year, and aPhD takes three years.
Our Master's degrees at Nankai University are taught over two years. Nankai's MBBS is a six year programme.
Normally it will take you four years to complete a standard bachelor's degree in the US, including the undergraduate Pathway. Most master's degrees in the US are designed to be completed in two years. Some terminal master's degrees (such as the MBA) are designed to be completed in three years. A PhD takes about five years to complete.
When you arrive at a UK airport, you'll need to enter the UK through Immigration. You'll meet an Immigration Officer who will check your documents before you can collect your luggage and go to your INTO Centre.
When you arrive in the US, you'll need to present the following to the Immigration Officer: Passport with new visa inside, I-20, I-94 Card (small white card you'll be given on the plane) and a Customs form. You should also have your admission letter and proof of finances in your carry-on luggage in case you are asked to show them. You'll then need to collect your baggage. We do our best to have staff and students waiting to greet you when you arrive at the airport near your university. If you requested an airport transfer from us, we will arrange transportation from the airport to your accommodation.
For academic students, it's important you arrive in China before your start date (Registration date). If this isn't possible, it's important you let the INTO China Admissions team as know soon as possible. Chinese Language Summer Programme students should plan to arrive on the start date of their course, which will be a Friday. If you plan to arrive late, we will still make sure you're collected from the airport and help you catch up with any missed class work. If you arrive early or leave late, accommodation can usually be provided for extra nights.
Only pack as much as you can physically carry! Most airlines allow 20–23 kg of checked luggage and there are strict size and weight restrictions on all hand luggage. Make sure that you keep documents, essential medication (and related prescription), your phone and a change of clothes in your hand luggage. Check the Pre-Departure guide for your course or university for a more detailed packing list.
In the UK, you should arrive two days before your course start date. If you're late, you may miss classes and important induction events. In the US, your student visa allows you to enter the country 30 days before the program start date. If you will live on campus and choose to arrive before the assigned move-in date, you will need to arrange your own temporary housing. Check the Pre-Departure Guide for your university to find information about local hotels.
We can arrange for a taxi to meet you upon arrival at the airport. To book a pickup, please complete the arrival details form and return it to the INTO Admissions Office for your chosen Centre at least seven days before you arrive. In the US, we do our best to have staff and students greet you at the airport near the university when you arrive.
All universities and centres have Wi-Fi, so you'll be able to Skype home. You may also want to check with your mobile/cell phone operator before you leave to ensure it will work in your destination.
You'll apply for accommodation in your course or program application. If you do not apply for accommodation when you apply for your course, you can contact our admissions team to add accommodation later. We do recommend that you apply for accommodation as early as possible since space fills up quickly at each of our centres.
Accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis in the UK. Once you've paid your accommodation deposit you'll be guaranteed your preferred accommodation. Some of our US universities require on-campus housing for students with an undergraduate Pathway in their Study Plans; your housing is guaranteed if it is a requirement for your program.
Each country has specific visa requirements which we will help you to understand.
You can pay your fees by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.
You'll need to pay your fees before you start your course to avoid delaying your registration. If you're paying by credit card, you'll usuall need to let your provider know in advance.
Refunds can only be made where visa applications are refused.
You'll need to pay a deposit to hold a place on your chosen course up until six weeks before the course starts. If you have applied for accommodation, you will need to pay an additional deposit to guarantee your placement in accommodation.
Your course fees will be shown in RMB but an exchange example will also be shown in $US dollars and £Sterling.
We recommend you bring enough money to cover your first two weeks costs. This should be around £250 or $400. Please don't carry larger amounts of cash. Check our country guides to find out how we help you set up a bank account.
You'll need to have full travel, medical and health insurance. Unless you provide proof of suitable insurance during the application process, we will register you for appropriate medical insurance for your study plan. If you will study in the UK, Uniplan Insurance will automatically be added to your course fees. If you will study in the US, you will pay your fees after you arrive at your university.
You'll be given this during Welcome or Orientation Week. Once you have your student card you'll be able to use all the facilities on campus.
If your information changes before you arrive you should inform the admissions team that processed your application. If your details change while you are at the centre or university, you'll need to give your new information to the staff at your centre or university.
Yes! Most cities have Asian supermarkets and other international grocery stores which sell authentic ingredients. Larger cities have a Chinatown district and international neighborhoods with restaurants that offer authentic cuisine. Please plan to share your home recipes with university staff and classmates.(/p>
Yes! Many larger supermarkets will have a halal foods section. You'll also find halal food shops in many cities, particularly in the UK and in larger cities in the US.
Yes! Universities offer a large variety of cuisine in on-campus dining halls and restaurants, particularly in the US. You will always be able to find vegetarian, Kosher, halal and gluten-free options. In most cases, university dining services will take student suggestions for recipes, so if you want to see a specific item on the menu, please ask!
At the end of the course you'll receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the UK General Medical Council, subject to its acceptance that there are no fitness to practice concerns that need consideration.
In the UK provisionally registered doctors can only practice in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.
To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you would need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You'd then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a license to practice for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
Although this information is currently correct, you should be aware that regulations change from time to time.
If you wish to pursue a medical residency in the US, you'll begin the process of preparing for and applying to residency programs in your final two years of study. This includes taking USMLE Step 1, 2CK and 2CS.
Our residency advisor will help guide you through the remaining residency match process to ensure you have completed all the requirements.
Yes, the MBBS and MD degrees are seen as equivalent qualifications.
We don't accept transfer students. International Graduate (MBBS4) applicants who start an MBBS degree at another university are not eligible to transfer onto this programme.
Students who've started a bachelor's degree and wish to switch onto the MBBS6 programme are strongly encouraged to finish their current degree and then apply to MBBS4.
"You'll be assisted with a UCAS application upon arrival and will be advised on the most appropriate institutions to apply to.
All applications to medicine and other healthcare degree programmes are competitive and progression to INTO St George's undergraduate programmes isn't guaranteed.
You'll receive dedicated support finding a suitable medical healthcare degree programme with INTO St George's or elsewhere.
UKCAT is short for UK Clinical Aptitude Test. It's taken by applicants applying for UK medical schools, and students on the International Foundation programme are requred to take the test in the last month of the course.
In order to be considered for the INTO St George's International Medicine (BSc/MBBS6) programme, or for entry to medical programmes at most other UK medical schools, students must sit this test to help determine if a student is suitable for a medical degree.
UKCAT scores for students applying to the International Medicine (BSc/MBBS6) programme are valid for one year prior to starting the course.
For students applying to the International Graduate Medicine (MBBS4) programme, your MCAT and GAMSAT scores are valid for two years prior to starting the course.
Entrance exams are required for admission to INTO St George's, University of London medicine programmes, and should be added as a qualification under your school/university in UCAS.
To add this qualification, choose "Additional Admissions Test" in the qualification search/selector tool. The drop down menu in this qualification allows the UKCAT or GAMSAT exams to be selected.
UCAS doesn't include MCAT as an exam choice so it can be written in under the "Other" field. UKCAT and GAMSAT individual scores for each section of the exam will needed to be added as a module. For MCAT only the total score needs to be included.
In the Education section in UCAS you'll need to enter information that confirms the school/university you studied at along with any qualifications you received there. A qualification can be either a diploma, A-levels, or degree.
The courses that you completed/are in the process of completing will also need to be included as a module.
After completing your UCAS application, send an email to our Admissions office at [email protected]
INTO UEA and INTO GCU are examination centres for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that offers exam dates throughout the year.
Both tests assess all of your English language skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking. You’ll receive separate scores for each of these skills, as well as an overall score.
For Chinese Language Summer Programmes, you don’t need to be proficient in English or Chinese. We’re experienced in teaching students who are beginners in both Chinese and English. For academic programmes, such as the Undergraduate and Master's degree courses which are taught in English, non-native English speakers must have an IELTS score of at least 6.0. You can start INTO China academic programmes as a beginner in Chinese, no previous Chinese language skills are required.