Aston University is a proud University Partner of NCUK, a consortium of leading universities dedicated to helping international students access and succeed at university. Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain access to university.

NCUK offers foundation, undergraduate year one and pre-master's pathway programmes, which are taught and quality assured by its global network of more than just under 70 study centres around the world. All NCUK qualifications include a unique language and study skills preparation module, English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This module equips international students with the skills needed to succeed at university.

NCUK also has a dedicated University Admissions and Placement Services team, to support students at all stages throughout their university application process.

You can study the NCUK Pre-Master's Programme and gain the opportunity to progress to a range of master’s courses at Aston University.

The NCUK International Foundation Year provides the opportunity to enter Year 1 of undergraduate (bachelor's) courses at Aston University.

You can also study the NCUK International Year One and enter Year 2 at Aston for these bachelor's courses at Aston Business School:

And these Engineering courses:

The entry requirements and available subjects can be found on the NCUK website.

NCUK and Aston University Ambassador Scholarships 

Six scholarships of £5,000 are available to NCUK students joining one of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses in September 2021. We are looking for students with the potential to become ambassadors for Aston University, by demonstrating strong commitment to engaging with opportunities on your course and developing your employability skills.

To be considered you should submit a short video statement explaining:

  • Why you have chosen Aston University?
  • How you will use the opportunities on your course to develop yourself?
  • Why you think you will be a good ambassador for Aston University?

Your video should be no longer than one minute, thirty seconds (1:30). 

Please email your video to

Deadline for round 1 – 4 January 2021.

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"My NCUK study centre helped me in my studies and self-esteem. Aston was one of the schools they suggested to me and after looking at what Aston University had to offer, it wasn't hard to reject other schools and pick Aston University."

Michael Okwori
BSc (Hons) International Business and Economics

"In the year at my NCUK study centre, I realized myself and my teachers were surprised by my achievements. Aston pays excellent attention to students' employability. They provide many opportunities in the placement year, and they even have a CV tutorial which helps me a lot."

Xintong Zhong
BSc (Hons) Business and Management

My NCUK centre helped me to understand specific topics that I had in my first year. I chose Aston University for being in the centre of Birmingham, close to the shopping centre which makes a student's life easier, as well as how the University cares about student employability

Abdul Agi
BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

“For me, all of the subjects and EAP module are very useful to study. The whole NCUK qualification is beneficial for people like me who choose to study abroad.”

Immaculata Sewuese Aondoakaa, Nigeria
Degree: BSc (Hons) Accounting for Management

“I had excellent access to resources at my NCUK Study Centre in China which helped support me with my studies. I also had help and support with the university application process.”

Xian Zhang, China
Degree: MSc Finance and Investments