Pre-Arrival Information for International Students
We are delighted that you will be joining us in the near future and hope that your time with us will be rewarding, enjoyable and fulfilling.
We appreciate and enjoy the cultural diversity brought by international students. The majority of our students are from different parts of the world.
The aim of this booklet is to give you some practical advice and information to help you prepare for your arrival. We hope this information will help you plan in advance and make your move to the UK as smooth as possible.
This booklet also contains important information on the documents which you will need to bring with you, so do please pay particular attention to this.
Click here to download the information pack.
If you are coming to study with us from other countries, you may need to apply for a visa. You can check this from this link: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa. The UK has a long tradition of welcoming students from overseas and currently issues about 200,000 study visas each year.
There are different types of visas depending on your age and the length of your course. If you are applying for a course of less than six months then you can now study on a standard visitor visa:
Students studying with us on English language courses can stay for up to 11 months. For these courses, you need to apply for a short term study visa to study English: https://www.gov.uk/visa-to-study-english
More detailed information can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website and there is also lots of useful advice on the UK Council for International Student Affairs site. We are very happy to advise you in detail on all aspects of the visa application process, so do please get in touch at any time.
We appreciate the importance of living in comfortable and safe accommodation during your time with us and will help you to arrange this before you arrive.
We can provide you with detailed information about a number of accommodation providers chosen for their proximity to the College. They provide a choice of self-contained studios and single ensuite rooms where you share the kitchen and sitting room with about five or six other students. Prices are in the range of £200 to £250 per week. There are also studio flats which cost a little more. The cost includes all utilities so you won’t have to pay extra for internet access, heating and so on.
The standard of accommodation is good with clean, comfortable and modern rooms and furnishings. The accommodation is also very secure. Try to book your place as quickly as possible. Rooms get taken quite quickly and the longer you leave it, the smaller your choice.