NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain guaranteed access to university courses in some of the top universities in the UK, since 1987.
We are a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping students succeed when they get there. Our qualifications are designed by our universities, taught by our network of global study centres, and studied by students aspiring to get in to some of the top universities in the world. We offer a range of qualifications to suit international students of all levels from pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programmes.
Whether you have just finished high school and want to study in the UK, our International Foundation Year qualification will help you gain guaranteed access to some of the best universities in the UK. If you’d like to study the 1st year of your UK university degree locally in your own country, then transfer directly the 2nd year of your studies at a UK university, then study our International Year One qualification. If you’ve already studied your Bachelor’s degree and want to improve your English language and postgraduate research skills before starting a Masters in the UK, then study our Pre-Masters Preparation qualification.
Passing an NCUK qualification guarantees you a place into one of our universities, enabling you access to thousands of degree courses. NCUK is your best route to university.
UK education and NCUK qualifications have a reputation for quality and excellence all around the world and our universities are very much part of that academic heritage and reputation. Our universities are some of the top universities in the UK and the world, recognised nationally and internationally for the strength of their teaching and research. Between them, they offer our students an unrivalled choice of progression opportunities in a huge range of subject areas and destination degrees to suit students of all abilities and aspirations.
All of the NCUK universities welcome international students as part of their academic community. As an NCUK student you will be joining a global network of alumni, whilst making friends and connections with people from all around the world.
As well as progressing to our universities, NCUK students have also progressed to top universities in Australia, America, Canada and Ireland. We specialise in helping international students take the next steps in their academic careers.
NCUK has a global network of over 50 quality-assured Study Centres in 18 countries who teach our qualifications locally. Students from over 100+ nationalities each year benefit from studying our qualifications.
By studying the International Foundation Year, students have access to over 4,000 university degree courses in the UK ranging from Pharmacy to Graphic Design, Architecture to Dentistry, Engineering to Business, Economics to Accounting and Finance, Law to Nursing, and much more!
Completing the International Year One allows you to study the first year of your UK degree locally whilst gaining 120 UK credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS credits) towards your UK bachelor’s degree. You will then transfer to the 2nd year to complete the rest of your UK Bachelor’s degree choosing from hundreds of degree courses such as Mechanical Engineering, Finance and Economics, Business Management, Electrical Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and many more!
Completing the Pre-Masters Preparation qualification ensures students are completely prepared and have the necessary advanced English language and research skills to start their UK Masters degree, leading to thousands of Masters degrees at NCUK universities.
To see where your NCUK qualification can take you, try our University Course Finder to find your perfect degree course.
What makes us different? By studying an NCUK qualification you will also benefit from our dedicated University Admissions and Placement Service, a Guaranteed place at an NCUK university upon passing your qualification, a range of academic prizes and UK scholarships specifically for NCUK students, as well as improving your English language with our English for Academic Purposes modules.
Our University Admissions and Placement Service ensures NCUK students get in to the most appropriate degree course at university and we always act in everyone’s best interest. We provide expert guidance to students whilst also supporting their application at every stage of the university application process. Students who pass the NCUK qualification are guaranteed a place at an NCUK university and we also offer a cascading clearing support service to ensure any students who don’t meet their grades for their first-choice university, still get a place at a relevant course in one of our universities.
Each year, NCUK, in collaboration with NCUK universities and the Northern Consortium, offers a range of scholarships and awards to NCUK students. NCUK awards academic prizes from an annual prize fund of £50,000 to students with the best academic results from the NCUK global network. NCUK universities also offer exclusive international student scholarships to NCUK students ranging from £2,000 to £5,000 per year.
Why study with NCUK? Quality is at the heart of everything that we do therefore our qualifications meet the highest academic standards set by our university partners. All NCUK Study Centres are audited by NCUK and we work with our partners to establish robust quality assurance systems to match our needs and the requirements of our universities.
Passing an NCUK qualification guarantees you a place at one of our universities whilst also fully preparing students to study at university.
We are experts in providing the perfect pathway for international students to gain access to universities all around the world. With our full range of quality qualifications, our consortium of leading universities, our dedicated University Admissions Support Service and a global network of Study Centres, we have the best option for international students to study abroad.
Find out what our happy students have said about us
The greatest achievement I’ve had would be receiving my NCUK results, this opened doors for a whole new myriad of opportunities, beginning with university.
The University of Bristol,
MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering,
NCUK is fantastic! Studying abroad has exposed me to various types of cultures and enabled me to become more independent.
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS,
BA (Hons) Communications and Media,
NCUK has provided me with the platform, essential tools and opportunities to excel and achieve what I have today. It is a journey which sets you out on a new […]
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER,
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Experience,
Danial Haider Tabassum
We have great teachers on my university degree and I like the style of teaching in the UK. The university’s accommodation is excellent.
UNIVERSITY OF KENT,
LLB (Hons) Law,
The NCUK qualification helped me a lot, particularly with Maths and Microeconomics, the modules are very similar to the ones I am now studying at university.
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS,
BEng (Hons) Mechatronics and Robotics,
David Wangaruro Ngechu
Academically the NCUK programme helped me a lot. I had the experience of writing reports and also attending classes with a different style. We learned to study independently.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD,
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering,
Thanks to studying the NCUK qualification I am blending in the new environment, and the most helpful part was learning to control and manage my learning by myself.
UNIVERSITY OF KENT,
BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science with a year in Industry,
Due to studying an NCUK qualification I am now studying abroad which has made me more independent. Meeting people from different countries and learning about their cultures helped me enjoy […]
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON,
BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Business Management and Accounting,
Research & referencing skills that I gained on the NCUK International Foundation Year have been very important for my first year study at university in the UK.
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS,
LLB (Hons) Law,
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