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Parents' guide to studying abroad

Why should you choose INTO?

Sending your child to study abroad is an unforgettable and life-changing experience. At INTO we have more than 10 years’ experience in educating international students in both the UK and US. In that time we’ve helped thousands of our students to progress to some of the top universities in the world.

What makes INTO special? Our focus is on preparing students for a world-class university education abroad by offering personalised support in and out of the classroom. Whether it’s academic progression, personal welfare or language support, our dedicated teams are there to ensure your child gets the most out this once in a lifetime experience. They’ll learn about new cultures and make life-long friends. Most importantly, we’ll make sure that they’ll be well on their way to future success.

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What’s the value of an international education?

The UK and US are popular international study locations, due to a number of factors including world ranking, top-class facilities and a high level of academic rigour. A degree from a university in these countries will be internationally-recognised due in part to teaching quality and the global reach of their research output. It’s also a unique opportunity for your child to improve their English language ability in a truly native-speaking environment.

The experience of studying abroad is not just about academic outcomes. Living and studying in another country is an opportunity to learn about new cultures, make a network of new international friends and to grow as an independent adult. All of these experiences will help your child to become more fully-rounded personally and professionally, preparing them for future success in an ever-growing globalised world.

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How do students progress from INTO to university?

Each student journey with INTO is different and unique to that student’s ability, aspirations and needs. What remains the same is INTO’s dedication in preparing international students for university life in the UK or US. In most cases the INTO experience aims to integrate students into the university campus experience, often offering access to many or most of the facilities home students enjoy. We want our students to feel they are part of the university from day one so that their study experience is as smooth as possible.

Successfully progressing from an INTO pathway to a university degree is dependent on a number of factors, usually this will involve:

  • Passing the programme with the required grades
  • Meeting attendance requirements
  • Following professional advice from staff

Our students will get all the support they need from us to progress, which is why we’ve already helped 15,000 students progress to university in the US and why 90% of our students in the UK choose to continue to their degree at one of our partner universities.

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How do we look after our students at INTO?

At INTO we offer dedicated support teams to ensure that your child is supported every step of the way. This begins from the moment you choose to study with us! Our specialist Admissions Team are there to answer any questions you might have and guide you and your child through the process of applying. Whether you have visa concerns or want to know your financial obligations, we’ll take you through every stage of the journey.

Our INTO centres also offer specialised support, so once your child arrives at their study destination we’ll be there to provide all they need. The kind of support we offer varies from centre to centre but usually includes:

  • Orientation programmes
  • University application and placement support teams
  • Language support officers
  • Personal tutors
  • Welfare officers
  • Accommodation wardens

We’ll help your child to settle in to their new city and university environment, making sure that they have everything they need to stay happy and healthy while studying with us. Our experienced staff will help your child to stay safe and all of our students are given an emergency number they can call 24/7.

For more practical information on preparing your child for studying abroad visit the British Council website in the UK or the US Study Abroad website for government-sponsored advice.

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Do you want to know more information?

If you would like to know more about studying with INTO, you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page where you can find out everything from language entry requirements to what your child should pack.

If we can’t answer your query here, our friendly Admissions Team will be happy to talk through your options. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking in English, our team speaks many languages including Chinese, Arabic and Spanish!

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