Preparing to arrive
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.
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 Support Team will contact you directly regarding the options available.
We recommend for the best student experience and to focus on your studies that you live close to the Centre but you must live no further than a 60-minute commutable distance 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 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.
You must submit your CAS documents and have them approved by the published deadlines, at the latest. Please note that these CAS ready 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, (International Year One) 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.
International Foundation Year start date: 9th January 2023
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United Arab Emirates
For United Kingdom onshore students (already in the UK), the CAS deadline for the 9th January start date will be 9th January 2023.
International Year One start date: 9th January 2023
For the Combined visa (iCAS) programmes, you must submit your documents by 28th November 2022 to become unconditional (and accept your offer if not already completed). After that, the final deadline to be CAS ready is 30th November 2022.
We encourage students on pathways requiring an iCAS (e.g. International Year One programmes) to apply and request iCAS early (ideally by the 3rd of November 2022) to avoid the busy clearing periods at university.
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