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Pathway programmes

Many students coming to City from overseas require a preparatory programme before admission.

INTO City, University of London

Together with INTO University Partnerships, City has established a purpose-built study centre near to Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London's financial district. As a student enrolling at INTO City, you are effectively a City, University of London student and have full access to our facilities. Combining academic study with English language support, the courses at INTO City are validated by City, which provides assurance of the quality and standards of education.

Find out more about Russian student, Kseniia Samokhina, and her experience of studying with INTO City.

If your level of English does not meet the requirements

City, University of London's Pre-sessional courses are suitable for both Bachelors and Masters courses and are available as 4, 8 and 12 week programmes. They run from late June to early September - depending on language level and the requirements of your Institution programme.

How to apply for Pre-sessional English Programmes

City, University of London's Pre-sessional English language courses are at our INTO City, University of London campus close to Liverpool Street station and will ensure that your English language is of the required level to cope with the demands of studying at City, University of London.

About the programme

Pre-sessional courses are suitable for both bachelors and masters courses and are available as 4, 8 and 12 week programmes, and run from late June to early September - depending on language level and the requirements of your Institution programme. The language requirements vary for each City, University of London course and can be found on individual course pages. At the end of the course you do not need to take another Secure English Language Test (SELT) but you will be formally assessed and will need to obtain the specified score in order to meet the entry requirements and progress to your City, University of London degree programme.

If you already have a SELT that meets the entry requirements of the course, you are still welcome to attend one of our Pre-Sessional courses to improve your English further and to help with your preparation for studying at City.

Entry requirements

To secure a place on the Pre-sessional English course you must have a valid UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) result, and a conditional offer of a place at City. The Pre-sessional course you need to attend is dependent upon the SELT score you have already obtained and the degree programme for which you have a conditional offer to study.

Once you have booked a place on the appropriate pre-sessional course you will be deemed to have met the English language condition of your offer and can begin the process of applying for your visa

How to apply

For more information on the courses, including entry requirements, fees and how to apply, please visit the INTO City, University of London website.

If your High school qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for your undergraduate course

The International Foundation programmes provide academic preparation for first year undergraduate entry and ensure you meet the academic English language requirements for your chosen degree programme. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to City, University of London.

How to apply for International Foundation Programmes

The courses below are City, University of London’s formally approved International Foundation programmes and only ones which offer guaranteed entry to a specific degree at City (provided that you achieve the grades required). The programmes provide academic preparation for first year undergraduate entry and ensure you meet the academic English language requirements for your chosen degree programme.

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to City, University of London.

Find  more information and how to apply on the pathways available:

Other International Foundation programmes

Preparatory courses from other institutions, including David Game College, Bellerbys Colleges, CATS Colleges and Kings Colleges, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact international@city.ac.uk for more information.

If your higher education qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for your Masters course

The Graduate Diploma offered by INTO City, University of London provides a route for those students whose higher education qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for their Masters programme Level.

How to apply for the International Graduate Diploma Programmes (Pre Masters)

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City, University of London Graduation Diploma, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to over 40 masters degrees at City, University of London.

Find out more information the pathways available

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

KIC London provides Foundation courses for international students which lead to entry to City, University of London undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. KIC London offers comprehensive support including regular one-to one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete your KIC London course at the required level.

Find out about the Foundation Certificate

Kaplan IC London’s Foundation Certificate equips you with the English language ability, the academic skills and the key subject knowledge needed to study an undergraduate degree.

After successful completion of the Foundation Certificate at the required level, students can progress to City, University of London to study an undergraduate degree in a variety of related subjects including business, economics, finance, law, management, mathematics, politics and psychology.

Study one of the following university pathway courses for entry to an undergraduate degree at City, University of London:

Business, law and social sciences:

  • Business pathway
  • Business and mathematics pathway
  • Law and social sciences pathway

Find out more about the Foundation Certificate in Business, Law and Social Sciences at KIC London

Science and engineering:

  • Chemical engineering pathway
  • Life sciences pathway
  • Science and engineering pathway

Find out more about the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering at KIC London

Find out about the Pre-Master’s programme

Kaplan’s Pre-Master’s programme provides ideal preparation for postgraduate study at City, University of London.

After successful completion of Pre-Master’s at the required level, students can progress to City, University of London to study a postgraduate degree in a variety of related subjects including criminology, economics, law, media and politics.

Study one of the following university pathway courses for entry to a postgraduate degree at City, University of London:

Business, law and social sciences:

  • Business pathway
  • Law pathway
  • Quantitative pathway
  • Social sciences pathway

Find out more about the Pre-Master's in Business, Law and Social Sciences at KIC London

Science and engineering:

  • Management pathway
  • Mathematics pathway

Find out more about the Pre-Master's in Science and Engineering at KIC London