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Preparing to study

You’ve received an offer, what next?

Applying and receiving an offer is the start of your journey to study with us, there are a few more steps you need to take before we see you on campus.

Important things to do before you arrive

Important things to do before you arrive

Pay your confirmation fee and return your signed acceptance form to confirm your offer.

Once you have confirmed, you will have access to our Welcome Hub with lots of useful information about preparing to study.

You can apply for your CAS up to six months before your course start date (three months if you are in the UK)

a. Book and take your Pre-CAS interview (if required)  

b. Pay any fees due - check the information in your payment plan in your offer letter  

c. Provide any outstanding documents - your insurance information, emergency contact details, any study gap information (if applicable), living arrangement confirmation form and previous UK Visa history (if applicable) 

d. Receive your CAS preview. Sign and return it  

e. Submit your financial or bank documents - you must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your visa and take your UKVI interview.

If you have requested accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Services Team will contact you directly regarding the options available. 

Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the Centre so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the Centre.

Receive your visa and book your travel. When booking your travel, make sure you arrive before your first day of term, so you don’t miss our valuable induction programme. Accommodation with the International Study Centre is usually available two days before the start of term.

It is essential all international students have the protection of personal insurance while studying in the UK. You can take out our StudyCare Insurance Plus cover or arrange your own.

StudyCare Insurance Plus is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university.

Our insurance cover is available for up to 12 months or up to 24 months, allowing you to choose the policy length that suits you. Both lengths cover travel to the UK, loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance.

In your first week, you will take part in orientation activities and get to know the people and places around you. These normally include tours, information talks, and team games. You will receive further information when your place at the International Study Centre is confirmed.

Important dates

Programme start date:

  • November start: 28th November
  • January start: 30th January

You must request your CAS by the published deadlines, at the latest. Please note that these CAS request deadlines are based on standard visa processing times, and are set in conjunction with the University. For some programmes, the CAS will be issued by Study Group; for other programmes, the Combined visa (iCAS) is issued by the University. If the deadlines for your programme are not yet currently listed, you will be contacted by Admissions when the information is available.

CAS deadlines

November intake
28th November
21st October 202228th October 20224th November 202211th November 2022
January intake
30th January
23rd December 202230th December 20226th January 202313th January 2023

Angola

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Brazil

Colombia

Egypt

Ghana

Iran

Iraq

Kenya

Libya

Nepal

Nigeria

Pakistan

Peru

Saudi Arabia

South Africa

Uganda

Vietnam

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Brunei

Cambodia

Canada

China

Hong Kong

Indonesia

Japan

Kazakhstan

Korea

Kuwait

Macau

Malaysia

Mexico

Myanmar (Burma)

New Zealand

Oman

Philippines

Qatar

Russia

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Taiwan

Thailand

Ukraine

USA

Albania

Algeria

India

Jordan

Lebanon

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

France

Germany

Italy

Portugal

Spain

Switzerland

For United Kingdom onshore students (already in the UK) the CAS deadline is 18th November 2022 (for the November start) and 20th January 2023 (for the January start).

Later CAS deadlines may be available if you are using a Super Priority or Priority Service. Contact Admissions for information.

Omar from Oman

“The International Study Centre is a very important step that I think students should take, especially if it’s your first time in this country. It doesn’t just prepare you academically; it also prepares you for life in a different city, so it’s an important progression.”

Omar from Oman
Studied International Foundation Year – Engineering and Physical Sciences

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