Students taking the INTO Pathway Programme will first take an International Semester Course (ISC) of 24+ weeks at any Centre in the UK or US in order to reach the required English level for an INTO Pathway Programme.

They will be required to take an IELTS (UK)/TOEFL (US) examination preparation module during their course and can also select the following modules:

  • Cambridge English Examination Course
  • English for University Studies (UK only)
  • English for Academic Purposes (USA only)

INTO Centres

In the UK, most international students will require an International Foundation Course which leads to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Although, some students may qualify to join the International Year One Course which leads to the second year of an undergraduate degree.

In the US, students can choose either Standard/Accelerated Pathway Admission or Direct Admission. Admission to a Pathway programme allows students to start their undergraduate degree with a slightly lower GPA and TOEFL score, yet still earn university credit toward a degree and receive a higher level of support and academic preparation by INTO.

There are also courses suitable for students who need to prepare for Master’s level degrees in the UK or US, details on request.

Most INTO Pathway Programmes have two or three start dates per year, all of which lead directly on to further study at the university or college of choice.

INTO's pathway programmes combine:

  • Intensive language study
  • Academic skills development
  • Academic coursework

INTO’s partner network of leading universities offer more than 1,200 different degrees across all fields of study.

Entry Requirements

Minimum language level at the start of ISC course is:

24-35 week International Semester Course (ISC):

  • UK - IELTS 4.5*
  • US - TOEFL 45 or IELTS 4.5*

36 week International Semester Course (ISC):

  • UK - IELTS 4.0*
  • US - TOEFL 40 or IELTS 4.0*

* Equivalent testing scores may be considered at the time of booking, subject to level testing.

NB: The minimum language level required to start an INTO International Foundation Course in the UK ranges between IELTS 4.5-5.5. The minimum level required to start a Standard Pathway programme at a US partner university ranges between IELTS 5.5-6.0 or TOEFL 60-78. Higher levels will be required to enrol on shorter courses.

The student’s academic transcripts (incl. translations) will be assessed at the time of application.