INTO University Partnerships was launched in 2006 after discussions between INTO's founder and chairman Andrew Colin and Professor David Eastwood, then vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia, led to a joint venture model providing Pathway education for international students planning to study in undergraduate and graduate courses at leading universities.

Andrew Colin, who has more than two decades' experience in international education, was inspired to develop a network of university partnerships by his involvement in the Common Purpose Initiative, a program exploring ways in which private and public sector organizations could work together.

The INTO joint venture model has revolutionized the way in which international students are recruited and how they are prepared academically, culturally and linguistically for undergraduate and graduate study.

INTO works in partnership with leading universities and invests in the development of world-class international student centers. It specializes in preparing students for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the UK and the US. INTO Centers deliver guaranteed progression onto leading undergraduate and graduate courses. Each INTO Center is managed by a joint venture management board in which INTO and the partner university are equal shareholders. INTO USF is INTO's tenth partnership, following eight in the UK and INTO Oregon State University in the US, which was officially established in October 2008.