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Guidance for International Students Abroad

Choosing a Course

Choosing which university or college to go to can be a life-changing decision. Do as much research as possible so that you choose the right course for the right reasons. There are many benefits to higher education because it can give you important transferable skills that will make you successful in your chosen career. By choosing to study in the UK, you can gain important c...

Choose an Institution

An increasing number of overseas students are running into difficulty renewing their student visas where the educational provider is not listed on the Tier 4 Register of sponsoring colleges.  Since Tier 4 of the Points based System was implemented on 31 March this year, colleges must be licensed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to take international students on student visas. You shou...

Meeting Visa Requirements

What is a Tier 4 Sponsor? This is an education provider which has been approved by UKBA (United Kingdom Border Agency)  to teach international students.  Any approved education provider will be added to the Tier 4 Sponsor Register. The register contains the education provider’s name and location. It also indicates whether the education provider is a Highly T...

Apply for a UK Visa

Before beginning your UK education, you may need to apply for a visa. There are different types of visa, depending on your age, and on the length and level of the course that you want to study. If you are between 4 and 17 years, then you will be able to apply for a Child Student Visa.  If you are post 16 years then you will be able to apply for an Adult student visitor. For adul...

Arrival in the UK

Before you travel to the UK When you arrive for UK study, you may be asked to produce health certificates detailing your vaccinations. If you are coming from a tuberculosis (TB) high-risk area, a chest x-ray report may also be required. It’s a good idea to carry these documents in your hand luggage, as you may have to show them before passing through UK immigration.   ...

Course Commencement

Enrolment / Induction Before you start your course you may be asked to enrol first.  Enrolment is a college or university procedure where the student is confirmed to start their classes.  In enrolment you also have the opportunity to see your college/university for the first time.  Some colleges/universities might provide a tour of the classrooms and facilities.  They...

Course Completion

Students who have completed their degree and whose university registration has ended may ordinarily work full-time for the remainder of the period of student leave to remain in the UK, this not exceeding 4 months. Undergraduate students – until 31 October following end of registration* Postgraduate taught students – 4 months after end of registration* Postgrad...

Settle in the UK

Whilst you are in the UK you will be leading a busy life.  Most international students study and work at the same time.  So being prepared from the beginning will give you that advantage, that will make your study life in the UK a successful one. On you first few weeks you will have to spend some time doing the following activities. Open a Bank Account A ba...