INTO courses

INTO GCU offers a wide range of academic programmes and English language courses designed specifically for international students. The courses help you to study at GCU and adapt to living and studying in the UK university environment.

Whatever your academic ambitions, our university accredited academic preparation will help you make the transition to the UK education system and progress to your chosen degree at GCU. If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements, we offer a range of English language courses to prepare you for university study.

International Foundation

Equivalent to the first year of a Scottish undergraduate degree, the International Certificate of Higher Education (previously known as Foundation) prepares you for direct entry into year two of your chosen degree programme at GCU.

International Diploma

For students who are already in their first year of university study, or who have completed the International Certificate of Higher Education, the International Diploma of Higher Education is equivalent to the second year of a Scottish undergraduate degree and offers direct entry into year three of your chosen GCU degree.

Graduate Diploma

If you are an international student looking to start postgraduate study who has either completed an undergraduate degree or a three-year diploma, the International Graduate Diploma of Higher Education will increase your subject knowledge and English skills in preparation for your chosen postgraduate degree programme at GCU.

English Courses

The INTO Pre-sessional English course provides a short and intensive preparation in academic English for students who are already academically qualified and are due to start an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at GCU.

INTO English for University Study is a year-round intensive English language course which focuses on academic English and the study skills you need to succeed on your INTO academic programme or university degree.

Study Abroad with English combines English language study with the chance to take academic modules at a leading university. Study Abroad with English is ideal for students wishing to spend a year in the UK developing English skills, with the opportunity to gain university credit.

The General English Summer School course is for groups of 10 or more students and provides an excellent opportunity to experience life and culture in Scotland while improving your English language skills and confidence.


The INTO GCU Centre is based in the heart of the Glasgow Caledonian University campus, which is just minutes on foot from the attractions and amenities of Glasgow city centre.

As an INTO GCU student, you'll enjoy access to all of Glasgow Caledonian University's impressive facilities, including the award-winning Saltire Centre and library, the Arc sports and recreation centre, Students' Association and numerous cafes.

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