Gateway to University Course: Frequently Asked Questions


Our new pre-Foundation allows students with a pre-intermediate level of English to smoothly transition into the university foundation system. As the Gateway to University course offers such unique benefits, we have received many enquiries about specific elements of the programme.

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

University Foundation Course
University Foundation Course graduation

What are the Gateway to University Course outcomes?

  • Two chances to increase your IELTS score: improve from 4.0 to 5.0
  • Develop your study skills and critical thinking: vital skills for academic success
  • Study various subjects, from Economics to Leadership Styles: English as a Medium of Instruction
  • Benefit from weekly one-to-one feedback sessions with your tutor: address your individual needs
  • Maximise your chances of enrolling onto a Foundation Course in September
    • Students who pass the Gateway to University course are guaranteed a space on our University Foundation Course!

Many of our Foundation Course students have previously studied English for Examinations for 9 months+ in order to be accepted. This will prepare you in 6 months only and give you the skills to excel in your academic studies for years to come.


When is the course?

Arrival date: Sunday 18 February 2018

Departure date: Saturday 7 July 2018


Is there a second intake date?

Certain students will be allowed to start the course on Sunday 1 April 2018.

To find out if you are elligible, please contact us.


What can I expect to study?

The above sample timetable will give you a taste of what you can expect to study on the course. Once a week, each student will have an academic tutorial: a one-to-one meeting with their group teacher to check progress. Our Open Learning Club is available to all students at the International College 3 afternoons a week –directed self-study is crucial to succeeding this course.

The Topic Content-led classes will be varied and interesting, providing a taste of various subjects while constantly introducing new vocabulary.


How do I book?

Please click here to book now, or for further information simply contact us!

Further Reading

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Do you want to apply to university in the UK, US or Europe?

Our University Foundation Course is perfect for you.

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