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.
When you submit your application we’ll need copies of your academic transcripts, and a UKVI approved IELTS test may be required for some courses. 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. For most English Language programmes you’ll just need to provide your IELTS UKVI certificate. For General English courses you’ll need to provide a copy of your passport.
Accepting your place is easy! Even if you hold a conditional place on a course
you can still accept your offer. If, for any reason, you don’t meet your
conditions, you'll receive a refund with no cancellation charges payable.
To accept your place, just complete and sign the acceptance form we included
with your offer letter and return the form along with your deposit.
Your deposit is part of your total payment which usually includes deposits for
the tuition fee and accommodation. You can find the required deposit amount
in your offer letter.
If you are going to study in the UK your deposit will also include fees for Uniplan
medical insurance. If you are planning to study in the US you will pay your
health insurance fees after you arrive at the university.
Your offer letter will explain your different 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 accommodation.
If you have any questions about your offer, your course, accommodation, or anything
else please contact us or your education counsellor.
You can check details about eligibility requirements for each course or program
at any of our universities 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 be paying 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
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 for 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 several academic English courses in the UK: Academic English (AE), General
English and Pre-sessional English courses. With Academic English, you’ll
learn about the language and gain the study skills needed 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 or choice 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 (progressing to NCUK universities), INTO London (progressing
to INTO Affiliate universities) and INTO University of Stirling (progressing
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
If you fail an assessment you may be able to re-sit it. Failing a course, or
having to re-sit, may affect the choice of universities you can progress
to. But, we’ll be there to advise you on your options.
We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university
if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow
professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.
As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university
progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway
and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade.
You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:
successfully completing an interview;
having previously studied a relevant discipline;
having previously completed a degree; or
having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 European restaurants and grocery stores, Asian supermarkets
and other international 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.
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!
You can open a bank account in the UK after you arrive and register at your study
centre. You’ll need your student enrolment letter in order to open a student
bank account. Our student services will guide you through this process during
your induction week.
If you'd like to study in the UK, you may need to take an IELTS Academic for
UKVI to show your English language ability in order to apply for a Tier 4
Student visa. All students applying for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK,
at below degree level, must provide an appropriate IELTS Academic for UKVI
with their visa application.
Don’t worry if you haven’t received your final transcripts and certificates yet.
We can always give you an offer that’s conditional on achieving specific
academic or English grades. When you provide your final certificates and
meet the conditions of your offer, we will change your offer to an unconditional
If you are studying at INTO London or INTO Manchester, you’ll need to return
home to apply for a new visa. If you are studying at another centres, you
can apply for your next visa in the UK, if the course starts within 28 days
of the end of your current visa.
Students at INTO Manchester and INTO London can’t work in the UK on a Tier 4
visa. Students at other INTO centres can work a maximum of 10 hours per week,
or 20 hours per week if studying a Graduate Diploma or undergraduate/postgraduate
The Teaching Excellence Framework is a government-backed assessment of undergraduate
teaching quality across higher education institutions in England, and some
institutions in Scotland and Wales.
The awards are decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts including academics,
students and employer representatives. The provider's undergraduate teaching
is assessed against ten criteria that cover the areas of teaching quality,
learning environment and student outcomes.
A provider taking part in the TEF is awarded:
gold for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning
and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in
silver for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes
for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements
for UK higher education
bronze for delivering teaching, learning and outcomes for its
students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher
provisional where it meets rigorous national quality requirements
for UK higher education, and is taking part in the TEF, but does not
yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed. The provider may be fully
assessed in future when it has sufficient data.
To ensure you are eligible to progress on to the relevant university, you must:
Meet the minimum attendance requirements for your INTO course.
Meet the University’s required progression grades for your chosen degree
course - each individual degree programme has unique progression requirements.
Follow the academic advice and guidance of INTO staff throughout your pathway
If you follow these guidelines, we guarantee you a conditional offer
at your pathway provider university. If you are studying at one of
our multi-pathway choice Centres, you will be eligible for a conditional
offer at a relevant INTO affiliate or partner university.
Due to changes in the way visas are being processed they can take up to 30 working days to come through. It is recommended
you apply as soon as you have received your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies
(CAS) from INTO.