Academic and English Language Preparation Courses

Your Study Centre

The INTO Centre sits at the heart of the campus and has everything you need from modern classrooms to our friendly support team. That's not forgetting our teachers, who have many years’ experience of helping international students like you.

Learning facilities

The Centre is situated within the Centre for Executive Education Building.

Most of your classes will take place in the Centre. Classrooms have whiteboards, which allow students to project online resources, and are designed to encourage interaction and make sure you get involved.

Classes mirror university-style teaching with lectures, practical sessions, seminars, tutorials, supported private study and e-learning so you experience university study from the start.

Other facilities include:

  • access to the University’s virtual learning environment
  • premium audio-visual facilities
  • a large student reception area

e-Learning facilities

Throughout your studies you will have access to GCU Learn, the University’s virtual learning environment. Use this to download lecture notes and other course content, and join online discussions with your teachers and classmates.

Your attendance

It is important that you attend all your classes, because missing them will impact on your progress and may also affect your student visa. We carefully monitor attendance and if there is an issue we will work with you to find a solution and get you back into class as soon as possible.

Support when you need us

Whenever you want to talk to someone you can go the Centre’s welcome desk where you will find friendly staff dedicated to your welfare. This may be the first time you are studying overseas, but we have welcomed thousands of students, so will be able to help you no matter what the problem.

  • Orientation programme on student life in Glasgow to help you settle in.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone number for assistance during out of office hours.
  • An airport pickup service to welcome you.
  • Language advisers to help students with a low level of English.
  • Residential assistants within the residences provide additional support.
  • Visa and immigration workshops.
  • Active social programme to help you make new friends.
  • Dedicated support for students with a disability.

Support for under 18s

Studying overseas is a big step for anyone, but even more so for younger students. If you are under 18 we will meet you at the airport and check in on you each day at the student residence where you will live. For more information on our policies visit or request a copy of our Under 18 Policy.

University support

GCU also offers a range of services to support you including a faith and belief centre, student wellbeing and counselling service, careers, employability and skills service, and disability services unit.

IELTS testing centre

If you need to take an IELTS test you can take one at the Centre. INTO GCU is now an IELTS testing centre and offers tests every month. Find out when the next test date is by visiting: