How to apply

After searching for courses you apply online through UCAS.

  • Make sure you have checked the entry requirements first.
  • When you have a place, think about any immigration, visa and finance arrangements you need as well.

How to get on a course





Advice for applying to the UK

Watch this video to get tips from international advisers about applying to the UK.

15 January deadline

  • Applying early is advisable.
  • Students who submit an application by 18:00 (UK time) on
    15 January are guaranteed equal consideration by universities and colleges.
  • Many universities and colleges offer extended deadlines for international applicants – students should check with them directly. 

We have added a step-by-step guide below to help you apply.

You can also save or print out our International Application Flowchart – click the related documents tab to find it.

1. Fill in your application on the UCAS website

There are different application forms and deadlines depending on the type of course.

How to make an international application

2. Track your application – wait to see if universities offer you a place

We send your application to the course providers you chose, and then we let you know their response.

  • Applications can be quite competitive, especially for the most popular courses – so you might not get an offer for every course you apply to.
  • If you do get an offer make sure you understand and can meet any conditions of the offer. These may be qualifications you need to have or English language tests you need to take.
  • Check the details in the undergraduate, performing arts, postgraduate or graduate teacher training areas.

3. Sort out student immigration and visas

If you are from outside the UK and you want to study here you might have to apply for a visa.

When you have a place on a course, your course provider will help you apply to the UK Border Agency for the visa you need.

Information on immigration, visas and passports

4. Arrange student finance

Although student finance is also separate to your UCAS application, you can include details on your UCAS form that speed up the process.

You might be able to apply for help with your fees too.

Information on finance, funding and scholarships

Once you have made all of your arrangements, look at the information about preparing to start your studies – this includes advice about your social life, budgeting and getting support during your course. Alternatively check the Prepare for Success website – it has tools for international students preparing to come to the UK to study.