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The graduate market is an increasingly competitive place, and here at the i2i International Soccer Academy, we recognise that a student athletes education is equally as important as their soccer development.

We work hard to develop a player’s ability, whilst also ensuring every individual gains the qualifications needed to prepare them for a range of careers, both inside and outside the world of soccer.

We work in partnership with the highly regarded York St John University (YSJ), which was shortlisted for the prestigious “University of the Year” award and Northumbria University which was ranked in the 'Top 3 UK universities for international experience'.

All student athletes with the i2i International Soccer Academy enrol as full time students at their chosen university, where they can opt to study for either a:

Northumbria University:

York St John University:

Northumbria University is recognised as one of the most International Universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 3 UK universities for international experience (What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018), along with attaining a growing international reputation for academic excellence, reflected in its recent ranking in the Top 500 in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2019 and Top 50 UK ranking in The Guardian League Table 2018.

The Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University also has the prestigious AACSB double accreditation, and has previously been awarded as The Times Higher Education Business School of the Year 2015.

For more details on Northumbria's Business degrees please follow this link:

For more details on Northumbria's Sport degrees please follow this link:

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We work closely with both universities and the relevant departments to meticulously plan our timetables in order to maximise a student’s contact time in the classroom and on the soccer field.

Both universities have a stunning campus, which are just minutes from the historic city centre of York and vibrant city of Newcastle. 

US students are able to apply and use Federal Aid (FAFSA), Parents Plus Loans, VA Affairs and Sallie Mae Loans with both Northumbria University and York St John University. Our specialist teams are on hand to help guide students and their families through the loans process.

We are proud to work with both prestigious universities in enabling our students to ‘fulfil their potential’ both on and off the field.

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Each i2i ISA student athlete is guaranteed single occupancy accommodation with an en-suite bedroom in a shared flat within walking distance of the campus and city centre at both universities.


All players in the i2i ISA have full access to ‘state of the art’ sports facilities including first class strength and conditioning suites which are used by both professional athletes and elite student athletes to enhance fitness. Holding a ranking of the Top 10 UK universities for facilities, students are also able to maximise their development with use of the laboratories including bio-mechanics, physiology and metabolic kitchens.

Why York?

York is a beautiful medieval walled city with a rich heritage and fantastic history. The city has provided the backdrop to many major political events in England throughout its 2000 years of existence. As a popular tourist destination, it is home to hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars. It is perhaps most famous for York Minster which is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. 

York is an extremely friendly city, which is big enough to have a professional soccer and rugby team, but small enough to be able to walk everywhere. And when it comes to exploring the UK, London and Edinburgh are both approximately two hours away on the train.

Why Newcastle?

Newcastle is one of the top UK cities for students; it is accessible, affordable, safe and is home to EPL team Newcastle United. It was recently named the ‘No 1 Destination to visit in 2018’ (Rough guides). It is lively and diverse, known for its nightlife, art, music and sports. The compact nature of the city means it is easy to get around and become familiar with your new home. Newcastle was also listed in the ‘Top 3 Best Value Cities’ (QS Top Universities 2018).

Northumbria University is top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment

The graduation ceremonies at York St John are held in the splendid surroundings of York Minster

"On a morning you will study for your degree and on an afternoon you will receive the highest level soccer coaching outside of the professional game. If you have any energy left on an evening, you can socialise in historic York."

YSJ Professor Andy Smith - Head of Sports Participation & Performance