International Students

We require a little extra information from international students. But, don’t worry, we’ve outlined what exactly we need, and the processes involved below.

Equivalent Qualifications

Because there are so many international qualifications out there, it’s difficult to put together a list of all the equivalent qualifications we accept. We encourage you to contact us about your qualifications, that way we can talk through your options and what courses are best for you. Email us now .

English Language Requirements

During your application, you will need to pass an English language test.

If you are a national from a majority English-speaking country (as set out by the UK Home Office), you are exempt from these requirements. This is the same for those that already hold a degree taught in English in a majority English-speaking country and is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or above.

You can take one of the following tests, as approved by the UK Home Office:

  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic) at a UKVI approved centre.
  • Trinity College London tests for applicants inside the UK.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept tests from other providers.

For all our undergraduate degrees, you’ll need IELTS 6.0 overall, with all 5.5 across all components.

Visa

What sort of visa do I need?
If you’re an international student looking to study a course that is longer than six months, you will have to obtain a student visa and gain entry clearance to study and travel to the UK.

For information about applying for a visa, click here.

Can I work as well as study if I have a student visa?
Unfortunately not. We are a private higher education provider and so any student visas that we issue will not allow you to work in the UK.

What supporting documents do I need?

You will need the below documents:

  • Current and valid passport/travel document
  • Previous UK Visas
  • Your original transcripts and certificates
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of maintenance (eg. recent bank statement)
  • Proof of English language
  • Tuberculosis certificate (for countries listed on the UKVI website)
  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies Certificate (CAS Certificate) from us once you fulfill all the requirements

When do I need to apply for a Student Visa Extension? What are the required documents?
We can also help you if you need to apply for an extension to your existing Student visa in order to finish your degree. You should apply for a visa extension well in advance of its expiry date via UKVI.

You will need the below documents:

  • Current and valid passport/travel document
  • Previous UK Visas
  • Your original transcripts and certificates
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of maintenance (eg. recent bank statement)*
  • Proof of English language*
  • Tuberculosis certificate (for countries listed on the UKVI website)
  • Biometric residence Permit
  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies Certificate (CAS Certificate) from us once you fulfill all the requirements

* Individuals may be exempt under specific conditions outlined by UKVI.

On the UKVI website you will find all information about the visa process, how to apply and what documents you require. When applying for your visa, you will need to have specific supporting documents. For further information please visit the UKVI website.

Scholarships

International students may be eligible to apply for a scholarship. For more information, please email hello@bil.ac.uk.