On this page, you will find the answers to some common questions.
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- Am I a home student or an international student?
- What courses can I apply for as an international student?
- What visa do I need?
- How much will my course cost?
- Where am I going to live?
- What are the College''s responsibilities towards me?
- What does the College expect of me?
Generally-speaking, if you are a national of a country outside the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA), you are considered an international student. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. Please visit www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa for more information.
All of the courses on the International section of this website are for international students. You will find:
- Degree Preparation courses (which prepare you for undergraduate study)
- Degree Level courses (which are recognised Higher Education qualifications)
- English Language courses (running throughout the year and as part of our English Language Summer School)
Your eligibility for a particular course will depend on your academic qualifications and your level of English. You will need to check that you can meet the entry requirements detailed on the relevant course information page of this website.
An important entry requirement for our Degree Level and Degree Preparation courses is level of English. You will need to show that you are at the required level by providing independent evidence e.g. IELTS score.
Please note that, in accordance with United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) regulations, we cannot accept international students onto English Language courses below Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) which have a duration of more than six months. You need to be at Level B1 of the CEFR at the time of your application.
To apply to City and Islington College as an international student, you need to be at least 18 years of age on the first day of your course.
There are two visas available to you as an international student: the Tier 4 General Student Visa and the Student Visitor Visa.
Which visa you need depends on the level and type of course you want to study, how long you plan to study in the UK, and whether you plan to work or undertake a course-related placement while you are in the UK.
Generally, you will need the Tier 4 General Student Visa for:
- Degree Level courses or above
- English Language courses at Level B2 or above on the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages (CEFR)
- Courses at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3 or equivalent
- Courses at a minimum of NQF Level 3, which include a work placement element.
In addition, this visa is required if:
- Your course is longer than six months
- You want to work part-time, or undertake a course-related work placement
- You think you may decide – after entering the UK – that you wish to extend your stay.
The UKBA operates a Points Based System, where applicants are required to score 40 points to qualify to study in the UK on a Tier 4 General Student Visa. You will be awarded 30 points for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), to be issued by the College, and a further 10 points by demonstrating to the UKBA that you can afford the course fees and living expenses.
The Tier 4 General Student Visa is required for all of our Degree Preparation and Degree Level courses, and our English Language courses with a duration of more than six months.
Generally, you will need the Student Visitor Visa:
- For courses up to six months duration (or up to 11 months duration for English Language courses)
- For English Language courses at or below level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
A Student Visitor Visa does not allow you to work, undertake a course-related work placement, or extend your stay in the UK.
The Student Visitor Visa is required for all of our English Language Summer School courses, and other English Language courses with a duration of less than six months.
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As an international student, you pay more for a Degree Level or a Degree Preparation course than a home student. This is because studies undertaken by home students receive funding from the British Government.
The costs for each course are detailed on the relevant course information page of this website. These costs include your tuition, but do not include any accommodation, living or travel expenses. You will need to make sure that you have enough funds to cover these additional expenses, and proof of this will be required by the UKBA when you apply for your visa. Visit the UKBA website for details of the proof required.
The English language courses (Summer School, Term Time and Pre-sessional) cost the same whether you are an international student or a home student. The costs are detailed on the relevant course information page of the website, and include your tuition, but do not include any accommodation, living or travel expenses. For exam preparation courses, an additional fee of approximately £100 will also apply. You will need to make sure that you have enough funds to cover your course fees and accommodation, living and travel expenses.
There are lots of accommodation options for students in London – from halls-of-residence to homestay, and it is important that you have somewhere comfortable to live. We understand that you will have your own particular needs and budget, so we do not include the cost of your accommodation in your course fee.
Importantly, we advise you to organise your accommodation before you leave home. We will also be able to help you with any queries you may have and will always be on hand to advise you with any problems you may be having.
As your approved education provider, City and Islington College will be your immigration sponsor while you are in the UK, and must comply with a number of duties around reporting and record-keeping:
- We must keep a copy of your passport, ID card or immigration status document. This is because we are your immigration sponsor while you are in the UK.
- We are obligated to inform the UK Border Agency of certain things, for example, if you do not turn up for the first day of your course, have any unauthorised absences from classes, or if we believe that you are not complying with the conditions of your stay.
Following your offer of a place on a course of study at City and Islington College, you must let us know:
- whether or not you have been granted a visa to study with us
- if you are unable to attend your allocated enrolment time/date
Once you are in the UK and have enrolled with the College, you must let us know:
- if you are unable to attend a class
- your contact details, including any changes to these whilst you are studying with us. These must be confirmed.
From time to time, the UK Border Agency account managers or compliance officers may visit City and Islington College and may wish to talk to you as part of their visit.