Studying in the UK at Russell Group Universities


The Gateway to an Excellent Study Abroad Experience

If you’re looking to become an international student in the UK, NCUK’s International Foundation Year qualification can help to open the doors to some of the country’s top universities. Among them are Russell Group Universities – a prestigious association of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities known for their world-class teaching, research excellence and strong links with businesses and industries.  

NCUK’s Russell Group University Partners

Notable members of the group include University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and several Russell Group Universities are part of NCUK’s University Network, offering a wide range of courses you can progress onto after completing the International Foundation Year qualification. Here are just a few of them.

The University of Manchester

Ranked among the top 30 universities globally, The University of Manchester offers a stimulating learning environment focusing on research and innovation. The University provides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in various fields, including engineering, business and humanities. 

University of Sheffield

Renowned for its high-quality teaching and research, the University of Sheffield is a popular choice for many international students. It offers diverse courses in areas such as engineering, social sciences and health sciences, and is among the top 50 international universities – according to the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Sheffield is ranked 46th in the world and 15th in the UK.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, The University of Manchester

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, The University of Manchester

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is a prominent member of the Russell Group, ranked 75th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024) and known for its research excellence and high-quality teaching. The university offers various undergraduate and postgraduate engineering, arts and health sciences courses. 

Queen Mary University of London

With a reputation for cutting-edge research and a diverse range of academic courses, the university has nine Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and over 55 Academy and Society Fellows on the current academic staff. Students can choose from various undergraduate and postgraduate law, medicine and business management courses. 

NCUK’s wide range of university options

As well as prestigious Russell Group Universities, NCUK has long-standing partnerships with many other excellent universities in the UK with the opportunity to study at the University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University, Aston University and Robert Gordon University, amongst others. These partnerships offer a wide choice of courses to make sure students can access quality education in their preferred field, with research-focused programs, industry connections, practical skills development and career preparation designed to help you succeed.

The Benefits of Studying at NCUK University Partners 

By choosing to progress to an NCUK University Partner, you can enjoy a host of benefits including:

  • Guaranteed* entry to a UK university once you’ve successfully completed your International Foundation Year
  • High-quality teaching and learning experiences 
  • A diverse range of courses to choose from 
  • Strong links with industry and businesses for better job prospects
  • A supportive and welcoming environment for international students


university of leeds campus

Want to know more about our university partners?

NCUK University Partners offer a world-class education and excellent opportunities for international students – and by successfully completing the International Foundation Year qualification, you can secure a place at one of these prestigious universities. 

For information on our University Partners in the UK see our University Guide, and you’ll find more details of the courses they offer here. If you’d like to discuss your options for progressing to a university in the UK, you can talk to our team directly here.

*Read NCUK’s Guarantee Terms and Conditions here.