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What is an International Foundation?

  • A guaranteed route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree*.

  • Improve your English language skills.

  • Increase your understanding of key academic subjects.

  • Adjust to studying in the UK before your degree.

  • Flexible online or on-campus study options.

  • Access to university facilities**.

Browse our Foundation programs

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Progression to a top UK university

Every year, more than a thousand INTO students progress to a prestigious UK university. Here are some of the most popular destinations for our students:

  • The University of Manchester – 32nd in the world

  • Newcastle University – 110th in the world

  • University of Exeter – 153rd in the world

  • Queen's University Belfast – 202nd in the world

  • University of East Anglia – 295th in the world

(QS World University Rankings 2024)

Terms and conditions

The money-back guarantee applies only to students who have studied an International Foundation program at one of our UK Centres.

Students who do not receive an offer to study an undergraduate degree or equivalent International Year One program at a UK university may apply for a refund (“Refund Application”) if they meet all of the conditions below:

  • enrolled on an International Foundation program

  • completed all coursework, assignments and assessments to a minimum threshold

  • achieved a minimum of 40% in all International Foundation examinations

  • achieved a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

  • maintained a minimum 90% attendance record

  • completed and submitted a UCAS application via the Centre, ensuring that university choices are in line with written guidance from the Progression Officer and are based on academic performance and tutor recommendation

  • have not been offered a place at a UK university on a course appropriate to the student’s qualification, despite the student complying with the INTO staff advice with regard to their university application

  • are eligible to study an undergraduate degree in the UK.

If your Refund Application is approved and you satisfy all of the conditions listed above, INTO will refund all tuition fees paid for your International Foundation program within 60 days of receipt of all supporting documentation.

Tuition fees that were paid by debit or credit card will be refunded to the original card used for payment of the fees. If the payment was originally made in a foreign currency, this will be credited back to the original payee at the exchange rate at which the original payment was made.

Tuition fees that were paid by bank transfer will only be refunded to the original payee account. If the original payment was made in foreign currency, the refund will be made in pounds sterling. Proof of payment, such as a receipt or a bank statement showing payment from that account, must be produced for a refund to take place. Failure to do so may delay the refund or prevent it altogether.

The refund is for tuition fees only and excludes any ancillary costs such as accommodation, visa fees, living expenses, bank processing or credit card fees, insurance premiums, and any additional costs. Refunds may, to the extent permitted by law, also incur processing and credit card fees.

If you would like to make a Refund Application, you may send us your application either by email to or in writing by posting your application to the INTO Admissions Office, One Gloucester Place, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AA.

You must include a copy of your UCAS offers with your Refund Application.

Start your study journey

* INTO University of Stirling students will enter Year 2 of their 4-year Scottish degree.

** Excludes INTO London and INTO Manchester.