International Foundation Year

Guaranteed* entry to thousands of university degrees

Universities worldwide and the UK ENIC (European Network of Information Centres) formally recognise the NCUK International Foundation Year as a comparable level to GCE A Level; Australian high school (SSCE); American high school (AP); and Hong Kong high school (HKDSE) qualifications.

What is the NCUK International Foundation Year?

A qualification designed with our university partners to prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Studying in small classes with NCUK in your home country before you start your degree will give you the confidence you need before you start your degree course.

Quality is at the heart of everything that we do so our qualifications meet the highest academic standards set by our university partners. As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give you specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of your degree course. This unique combination will help you to get into the University of your choice and get on with your future career.

About the International Foundation Year

Our Guarantee

NCUK always acts in your best interests, helping you to realise your dreams and ambitions both at university and afterwards, in your life and career. That’s why upon completing the NCUK International Foundation Year, you gain guaranteed* entry to a suitable course at an NCUK University Partner.

The NCUK Guarantee means you have an excellent choice of leading universities that will offer you a suitable place based on your grades and area of interest. NCUK gives you that offer on results day and takes the stress out of the application process. *Click here to find out further information about the NCUK Guarantee.

English for Academic Purposes

All NCUK English modules provide essential preparation for university study. Your options are:

  • *English for Academic Purposes for non-native speakers of English
  • *English for Academic Purposes for Proficient Users for students who have previously studied in English but need an an English language qualification for visa purposes
  • *Research and Communications Skills for students who already have an English language qualification such as IELTS.

Why Choose the NCUK International Foundation Year?

Fast-track your journey to university

with our International Foundation Year. This programme offers an accelerated path to university, designed to equip you with the essential academic skills and knowledge needed for success in your chosen field. As demonstrated by our student cohort of 2022/2023, this fast-track route has proven to be an effective stepping stone to undergraduate study

Tens of thousands of successful students and a track record of creating opportunities internationally

We’ve helped tens of thousands of international students gain guaranteed access to leading universities, choosing from thousands of different courses, and earning good undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a huge range of subjects.

Where Next – Career Opportunities?

International university graduates have the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers all around the world. At your NCUK university you will have access to top-level career advice and guidance to help you focus on the right job for you and to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market. Choosing your NCUK qualification is the first step to realising your dreams and ambitions.