INTO Triple Promise and online learning experience – keeping you on-track for academic success. Anytime. Anywhere.

Continue your studies online with our distance learning courses

If you're unable to travel to the UK or US, we are committed to keeping you on-track for academic success with distance learning, while giving you the choice to decide how and when you start your studies. Our equivalent online courses are taught by the same expert teachers, to the same high standards and guarantee the same progression options upon successful completion.

Key facts about INTO online courses

INTO’s Triple Promise: our flexible learning solution

You have the flexibility to decide how and when you'll take the next step towards your degree. If unable to attend a course* face-to-face, you can personalize your enrolment needs with INTO’s Triple Promise.

*Our Triple Promise applies to INTO programs only – if you are applying directly to a university degree, please contact the relevant university for further information.

Flexible academic study options for August/September 2020

Applications are open for online English courses, and we will also be offering a range of flexible study plans for August and September 2020.

Flexible academic study options

To enable you to apply and confirm with confidence, we will be offering a range of flexible study plans for August/September 2020.

If you are unable to get a visa and travel to the UK or US to start one of our face-to-face academic pathway programs, our flexible study plans allow you to choose how and when you will start and continue your studies with us.

Start your studies on campus
If you can obtain a visa and travel, all academic pathways will be delivered in the INTO Center as normal from September 2020, with the usual pricing and term dates.

Start your studies online
Start your studies as planned online and then transfer to the INTO Center for the remainder of your pathway, in time to progress to your chosen degree.

Pre-sessional English in the UK

Online Pre-sessional English is designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your degree, with 8 and 12-week courses available to study. Centers that offer online Pre-sessional English courses include:

Academic English in the UK

Online Academic English is a 10-week course designed to rapidly improve a student's English language abilities, in preparation for further academic study. Centers that offer online Academic English courses include:

US: INTO Online English for Academic Success

INTO Online English for Academic Success is a 10-week course designed to rapidly improve a student's English language abilities, in preparation for further academic study in the US. Centers that offer this program include:

  • INTO Oregon State University
  • INTO University of South Florida
  • INTO Colorado State University
  • INTO George Mason University
  • INTO Drew University
  • INTO Saint Louis University
  • INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • INTO Suffolk University
  • INTO Illinois State University
  • INTO Hofstra University
  • For more information about online English programs at INTO Washington State University, contact the center directly.

Further information

We are currently working with universities to confirm entry requirements and the range of English language qualifications we can accept for admission to our programs. Our admissions team will contact you if you have already submitted an application, received an offer or have confirmation of a course, to discuss your options.

Online courses from autumn 2020

If global travel restrictions continue to prevent you from being able to arrive in the UK or US, you will also be able to start your studies online through Online Academic English and Online Undergraduate Pathway courses in both the UK and US.

Frequently asked questions about online learning

Can I still apply for courses starting in September 2020?

Yes. We are still accepting applications for all of our courses for September 2020. If students are unable to get a visa and travel to the UK to start one of our face-to-face programs in September, students can start their studies online and transfer to their chosen campus or Center when face-to-face teaching resumes.

With our Triple Promise and flexible study plans, students can apply and confirm with confidence.

If I am unable to travel to the UK or US, what study options are available for me?

We are committed to keeping you on-track for academic success with online learning, while giving you the choice to decide how and when you start your studies. Find out more about the flexible learning solutions that are available to you.

What INTO courses are available for online delivery?

We will be offering 8 and 12 week Online Pre-sessional English and 10 week Online Academic English courses from June 2020. From September 2020 we will be offering Online Pathway programs.

What are the application deadlines for the online courses?

The application deadline is three weeks before the course start date. Students must confirm their place two weeks before the course start date.

Can I apply for an online course with an English test other than IELTS for UKVI?

Students do not need a UKVI IELTS to study an online course but do need to provide an English language qualification that meets course requirements.

We can accept a number of alternative English language tests as evidence of your English language level for entry to the course, including Duolingo and Password Solo.

Detailed below are the entry requirements:

  • 4.0 (IELTS) / 60 (Duolingo) / 4.0 (Password*) / 42 (TOEFL iBT)
  • 4.5 (IELTS) / 65-70 (Duolingo) / 4.5 (Password*) / 54 (TOEFL iBT)
  • 5.0 (IELTS) / 75-80 (Duolingo) / 5.0 (Password*) / 63 (TOEFL iBT)
  • 5.5 (IELTS) / 85-90 (Duolingo) / 5.5 (Password*) / 72 (TOEFL iBT)
  • 6.0 (IELTS) / 95-100 (Duolingo) / 6.0 (Password*) / 80 (TOEFL iBT)

*Please note that Password scores are reported both as a percentage and as a band score. The Password band is equivalent to the same IELTS band.

Will course fees remain the same?

The tuition fees for our online courses will be lower than our face-to-face provision.

Our prices recognize that students will be taught by the same teachers, to the same high quality and standard, and with the same learning and progression outcomes.

Online Pre-sessional English students will also benefit from our price guarantee: if they have confirmed an offer for an existing face-to-face course of a shorter duration, they will be offered the relevant online course, with may be longer in duration but will be at no extra cost.

How do I pay for my course?

Students are able to pay their deposit to confirm their place on their course by using our secure payment system.
Full details are provided within the offer letter.

Students may also receive a payment link in pre-arrival communications from their chosen center.

Alternatively students can contact their Education Counselor to confirm their place.

What is the latest guidance from UKVI regarding online courses?

UKVI has released the following guidance confirming that students who have been studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, or had been planning to, will be able to study their course by distance-learning.

  • Tier 4 Sponsors can teach course by distance learning to students in the UK with existing Tier 4 visas, or those who were studying on Tier 4 visas and have chosen to return home, but still want to continue their studies. It’s not necessary to withdraw sponsorship of students in these cases. This provision will be reviewed on May 21 2020.
  • Students who already have Tier 4 visas for future courses, but have been unable to travel and can’t now study on campus, are permitted to undertake these courses by distance learning as well. Again, it is not necessary to withdraw sponsorship. This provision will be reviewed on May 31 2020.
  • Prospective students who haven’t yet applied for a Tier 4 visa, but wish to study a course by distance learning, can do so – as they will not be coming to the UK, they do not need a Tier 4 visa.
When I join my academic program, what should I do if I can't submit my transcripts or other documentation and take any appropriate language tests?

At INTO we understand that this will be a difficult and uncertain time for certain applicants and we will look to make every allowance that we can, where applicants have difficulty providing documents.

Some documentation is required by UKVI as part of an applicant’s application for a visa to study in the UK, and INTO have limited control over that. We are working hard, along with the rest of the Higher Education sector, to secure exceptional arrangements for students who may be adversely affected by a long delay in being able to take an IELTS test, for example.

Our advice to any students who still need to take an IELTS test is to book a test as soon as this becomes possible, as there are likely to be longer waiting times for test dates. Any students who think they will have difficulty in providing final transcripts or other documents required for their INTO application should speak either to their Educational Advisor , or the UK Central Admissions team, who will be able to advise of any alternative options that may be applicable.

Will my scholarship be impacted if I move from a face-to-face to a hybrid or online program in the future?

All existing scholarships that have been awarded will be honoured regardless of any future study-plan or program delivery changes.

How can I connect with other students during my online course?

Through the Virtual Learning Environment, students will be able to connect with one another through forum discussions, the 'Live' virtual classroom which includes breakout rooms for group work/live chat, as well as messaging functionality on the platform.

How will students receive regular feedback to ensure they are on track to progress?

Progress will be received through system feedback on activities, teacher personalized feedback on speaking and writing assignment submissions and through one-to-one tutorials.

WIll one-to-one support be made available?

All students will be fully supported throughout their course and will receive regular one-to-one tutorials by video to discuss their progress and answer any questions.

How will centers monitor student attendance?

There are a number of methods of tracking attendance through the learning platform for the live-lesson sections of the course.

Engagement with the directed self-study elements of the course will also be accurately tracked, allowing staff to have full visibility on a student's engagement and attendance.

What is the late arrival policy for the online courses?

There is no late arrival for our online courses. Students must register and commence their studies by the published start date for their online course.

If I study on an online course, when I join my program on campus will I still need a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to apply for my visa?

The following information is in line with the latest UKVI guidance and is subject to change.

Progression from Online Pre-sessional English to our partner universities
When you progress to your university degree, you will be able to use your results from the Online Pre-sessional English for your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Progression from Online Academic English to an INTO program
If you are progressing to a degree level (NQF Level 6) programme, you will be able to use your results from the Online Academic English for your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

For all non-degree level programs (e.g International Foundation) and English language courses, you will still need a Secure English Language Test to obtain a CAS for your progression program.

INTO Manchester and INTO London students
For progression to all programs at the Center, you will need a Secure English Language Test to obtain a CAS.

What are the progression requirements from the online courses to my academic program?

Successful completion of the relevant Online Pre-Sessional English or Online Academic English courses will guarantee progression onto a student’s confirmed study plan, subject to meeting any other conditions of their offer for their progression program.

Successful completion requires 100% attendance of live lessons, completion of all self-study online tasks and obtaining expected entry scores required for study plan.

UK Online Pre-sessional English: How will the course be taught?

Our online courses are delivered by the same expert teachers and to the same and to the same quality and high standard as our campus-based courses.

The online course will allow students to balance their study time between live virtual lessons, self study and group work with fellow students.

The online course comprises of:

  • 20 learning hours per week.
  • Half of the learning hours will be delivered in real time* through a state of the art live virtual classroom by our expert teaching teams.\
  • Other learning hours to include pre-recorded lectures and interactive tasks, such as quizzes, video, group project, presentations and writing practice.
  • The course will cover Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Research and Presentation skills on different academic interests.

Much of the teaching will be delivered through live lessons and all these classes will be recorded. Centers are looking to accommodate students across various time zones in terms of live teaching.

UK Online Pre-sessional English: Will there be any placement test before the course starts?

There will be no placement test at point of joining; entry scores will be used to determine groups.

UK Online Pre-sessional English: What is the required attendance rate for the course to make sure the student can progress successfully?

100% attendance of live lesson delivery and full engagement with online activities to include successful completion of assessment.

UK Online Academic English: How will the course be taught?

Our online courses are delivered by the same expert teachers and to the same quality and high standard as our campus-based courses. They allow students to balance their study time between live virtual lessons, self study and group work with fellow students.

The online course comprises of:
Online Academic English 1 (IELTS 4.0-5.5), of the 25 hours per week, 10 of those hours are live lessons in virtual classrooms delivered by teachers from the center. 15 hours is directed self-study where students engage in interactive activities built within the platform in their own time.

Online Academic English 1 (IELTS 5.5-6.5), of the 25 hours per week, 14.5 of those hours are live lessons in virtual classrooms delivered by teachers from the center. 10.5 hours is directed self-study where students engage in interactive activities built within the platform in their own time.

Much of the teaching will be delivered through live lessons and all these classes will be recorded. Centers are looking to accommodate students across various time zones in terms of live teaching.

UK Online Academic English: As an overview, what topics are taught on the course?

The Online Academic English course is broken up into 25 hours per week over a 10 week period covering:

  • Integrated Language Skills - covering Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Exam Skills
  • Research and Project-based Learning
UK Online Academic English: Are there any changes to class sizes?

Even though online platforms allow for large class sizes, we are offering class sizes in line with face-to-face, a maximum of 20-25 students.

UK Online Academic English: How will students be assessed on the course?

There are two types of assessments:

Internal assessment - delivered through the platform by INTO colleagues. It includes a spoken presentation, Q&A session in a live-delivery setting and a written assignment, all of which are worked on throughout the term.

External assessment - this will be through the Password Solo test. The exam lasts just over three hours and covers all four subskills. Students will be virtually invigilated through technology to ensure the test is secure. This examination will take place in week 10 of the course.

A combination of the internal, external assessment and their attendance on the course will be considered when students seek onward progression, but the external assessment will be weighted most heavily.

UK Online Academic English: Will students have access to an online library during the course?

Yes. Through the Virtual Learning Environment, students will have access to relevant INTO or university libraries.

UK Online Academic English: Will students receive a certificate at the end of their course as usual?

Yes. Students will receive a full transcript and certificate, as per the face-to-face course, at the end of their course.