Study at a top UK university: how an iCAS program will save you time and money

Dream of studying in the UK, but not sure you’ve got the grades or English level to get an offer? Thinking a pathway program might be the first step? Most pathway students need 2 visas – 1 for their pathway, and 1 for their degree – but that’s not the only option. 

You can also combine your pathway program and degree in a single visa. Known as an iCAS (integrated Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)) program, you’ll be able to transition smoothly from pathway to degree – with no need to apply for a new visa or return home in-between. 


Why is a single visa program great for international students?

One visa, one study plan, no fuss. Here are 5 reasons why an iCAS program is perfect for international students like you. 

  • Variety of English language tests accepted no SELTS requirement, so you can use a wide choice of test options to apply. Do your test in a way that works for you. 
  • Make the most of your summer – you don’t need to travel home for a new visa after your pathway program, so you can stay in the UK and work, explore or travel with your new friends.  
  • No need for extra IELTS tests – you won’t have to take more tests between your pathway and degree, giving you a more stress-free summer. 
  • Save money for the future – less travel plus fewer tests and applications means more money saved to spend however you want.  
  • Work up to 20 hours per week in the UK – earn extra money alongside your studies and enhance your employability with placements and work experience. 

Where can I study with a single visa?

At INTO, we offer iCAS programs at 5 globally recognized UK universities. Gain the skills and English qualifications you need for your degree, then progress to one of 250+ UK degrees – all on 1 visa. Explore your options below. 

INTO Newcastle University

Learn from experts at a world top 110 university (QS World University Rankings 2024), rated 5* for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability 2023), helping to kickstart your career. 

Choose from a number of engineering-related International Undergraduate Degrees in mechanical engineering, civil engineering and electrical and electronic engineering

INTO Queen’s University Belfast 

Offering Russell Group excellence for unbeatable value, Queen’s University Belfast has15 subjects in the world top 200 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

Choose from: 

Undergraduate Degree with International Foundation in architecture, computer science or civil engineering (including placement option).

Undergraduate Degree with International Year One in aerospace engineering (including sandwich option), chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science (including professional experience option), electrical and electronic engineering, or mechanical engineering.

INTO University of East Anglia 

The UK’s no. 1 university for graduate prospects (Student Crowd 2022). Follow in the footsteps of graduates who’ve gone on to work at Deloitte, KPMG and PwC. 

Study an Undergraduate Degree with International Year One in either business management, global development with media or marketing and management

INTO University of Exeter

Russell Group education for the career-minded at a world top 160 university (QS World University Rankings 2024) and a top 15 UK university ‘most targeted’ by employers (High Fliers Research 2023). 

Study an Undergraduate Degree with International Foundation in civil engineering, computer science, data science, electronic engineering, engineering and management, engineering or mechanical engineering.

Or an Undergraduate Degree with International Year One in civil engineering, electronic engineering, engineering and management, engineering or mechanical engineering

INTO University of Stirling


Study at a center with 96% overall student satisfaction (INTO Annual Student Experience Survey 2023). Based at a university rated 5* for excellence in teaching, employability and research (QS Stars University Ratings 2021). 

Choose from:  

How do I get started?

Explore the options above to see what subjects and locations are available, and decide which university is right for you. Follow the links to find out entry requirements, term dates and more. If you’ve already applied, speak to your education counselor to find out if an iCAS program could work for you. 

Find the right iCAS program for you with INTO.

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