Undergraduate and postgraduate paths are available at ARU College (formerly known as Cambridge Ruskin International College or CRIC) for students who do not fulfil the prerequisites for direct admission, who have not already studied the subjects needed for their desired degree, or who have taken a break from school. If a student completes the ARU College track, they are guaranteed admission to an ARU degree programme.

Commencing immediately. Enrollment at ARU College enrols you in the same status as a direct student at ARU, granting you access to all services and facilities as well as the issuance of an ARU ID card. This is because ARU College functions as a faculty of the university.


They began in 1858, when John Ruskin, a patron, art critic, and philanthropist, founded the Cambridge School of Art. Their current Cambridge campus still has its roots in the original art school, which evolved into Anglia Ruskin University (or ARU for short).

The affiliation of ARU with several educational institutions has grown over the years. Included in this group are CCAT in Cambridgeshire and the Essex Institute of Higher Education, originally known as the Chelmer Institute (established from Mid-Essex Technical College and Brentwood College of Education), another name for this institution. Before its 1992 rebranding as Anglia Polytechnic University, these institutions were formerly known as Anglia Polytechnic.

Rankings and Achievements

  • Named one of the top 20 global ‘rising star’ institutions by Firetail.
  • Ranked one of the top 40 universities in the UK and the top 350 institutions in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022.
  • Recognised for the quality and value of its facilities, including praise for its ‘excellent’ learning environment.
  • Ranked 1st in the UK and 20th in the world for health and wellbeing in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.
  • ARU is an innovative global university with students from 185 countries
  • One of the top 10 universities for international graduates in employment in the UK (HESA, July 2021).

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees for 23/2024:


  • Stage 1: Foundation (Business) 2 semesters: £12,650
  • Stage 1: Foundation (non-business) 2 semesters: £12,800
  • International Foundation in Healthcare 3 semesters: £13,700
  • Stage 2: First Year Degree (Business): £14,600
  • Stage 2: First Year Degree (non-business): £14,900
  • Stage 3 and 4: Second and Final Year Degree: £15,000 to £18,100


  • Stage 1: Pre-masters: £7,650
  • Stage 2: Masters: from £15,000 to £18,100
  • Stage: MBA : £18,100

Facilities & Services

ARU College says great campus amenities are essential for the support and tools you need to succeed in school. Over the past five years, ARU has committed over £80 million in campus expansion, with £124 million projected for the next five.

Began training future doctors at Essex’s first medical school. Students can get free legal advice and work on real-life cases with qualified solicitors at Cambridge and Chelmsford Law Clinics. Specialist simulation rooms, imitation hospital wards, and an anatomy suite are available. They also established a Cambridge Scientific Centre with a 300-seat scientific lecture theatre and many specialist facilities.

They understand that a good education is comprehensive and are committed to giving you every benefit. The student support team is here to help you with everything during your stay.

Student Support handles assignments, attendance tracking, disability, language, learning, orientation, ARU and ARU College registration, social and sporting events, student welfare, study skills training, and emergency support.

In the Compass Programme, they aid students with personal, academic, or financial issues and provide wellness and mental health support.


Not all students will be able to reserve the limited number of on-campus university housing options. Not all students will be eligible, and ARU Residential Services cannot guarantee availability.

Prior to your trip to the UK, they advise that you look into off-campus private housing choices.

Other possible places to stay: while making a reservation, be sure to specify that you are a student at ARU College.

Cambridge student accommodation providers:

  • studentcastle.co.uk
  • apartostudent.com
  • brunswickhouse.com
  • downingstudents.com
  • nidostudent.com
  • thestudenthousingcompany.com
  • Collegiate-ac.com
  • homestayconsultancy.com

Chelmsford letting agencies that rent to students (subject to availability):

  • Adrians
  • Belvoir!
  • Haart
  • Intercounty Estate Agents
  • Leaders


Just a fifteen-minute stroll away from campus is the Duke Street bus station, where you can catch First Group local buses and, more often than not, National Express coaches. The regular X30 bus service to Chelmsford departs from Stansted Airport.


What is ARU College?

ARU College stands for Anglia Ruskin University College. It's an institution that offers preparatory courses, foundation programmes, and pathway courses for international students aiming to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK.

What courses does ARU College offer?

ARU College provides a range of foundation programmes and pathway courses in various subjects such as business, science, engineering, health, arts, and social sciences.

How do I apply to ARU College?

To apply to ARU College, you can visit AHZ's official website, fill out an online application form, ensure you meet the entry requirements for the course you're interested in, and submit all necessary documentation, including academic transcripts and English language proficiency test scores if required.

What are the entry requirements for ARU College?

You'll need to meet academic qualifications equivalent to UK standards and demonstrate proficiency in the English language through tests like IELTS or TOEFL.

Can I progress to Anglia Ruskin University after completing a course at ARU College?

Yes, successful completion of a foundation or pathway course at ARU College typically guarantees progression to a degree programme.

Are there accommodation options available for students at ARU College?

Yes, ARU College often provides assistance and guidance in finding suitable accommodation options for its students.

What support services are available to students at ARU College?

ARU College offers various support services to its students, including academic support, personal tutoring, English language assistance, counselling services, and access to libraries and learning resources.

Can international students work while studying at ARU College?

International students studying at ARU College are generally allowed to work part-time during term-time and full-time during vacations, subject to certain visa regulations.

Are scholarships available for students at ARU College?

ARU College and Anglia Ruskin University offer scholarships and bursaries to eligible students.

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