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International and European Applicants FAQs

If you're an international student, or you are supporting an international student with their study plans (for example a family member, or an education counsellor) you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions on this page.

We’re here to support you with your application – if you do not find an answer to your query here please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Page updated 4 January 2023..

FAQs about applications

How do I apply?

Applying for September 2023

  • For undergraduate courses, unless you are applying to NTU only, you’ll need to apply online through UCAS.
  • For postgraduate courses you’ll need to apply online through the NTU Applicant Portal.
  • If you're interested in starting a postgraduate course in January 2024 please visit our January start courses web page where the courses will be published.

Do I need to provide all my documents when I apply?

  • Please provide any that you have at the time of applying. If there is something missing (an English language certificate, for example, or a copy of your passport) you can provide these at a later stage. Your offer will include ‘conditions’ which can be removed when you’ve sent us your documents to meet those conditions.

How long will it take to find out if I'm successful?

  • It can take up to one month to hear the outcome of your application. This is due to the high volume of applications we receive and the September and January (postgraduate) intakes which require us to prioritise at key times throughout the year.

What happens if I don't meet the entry requirements?

If you don't meet our academic entry requirements you can apply for one of our university preparation courses.

You can apply to do a Foundation or Pre-Masters course with our partner Nottingham Trent International College which is based on our City campus.

What's the deadline for applying?

  • For undergraduate courses, UCAS have a deadline for international students which is usually the end of June. The UCAS 'Clearing' system opens in July.
  • For postgraduate courses currently there is no official deadline – we strongly advise that you apply as early as you can however. This is because we receive a high volume of applications and courses can close earlier than anticipated.

Does NTU offer distance learning postgraduate courses?

Yes. We offer some online postgraduate degrees, including MBA and LLM.

You can find out more about these courses here:

How do I apply for an ATAS certificate?

Please visit the ATAS website for up-to-date information on how to apply for an ATAS certificate.

Please check your email as our Admissions team will send the required information for ATAS to relevant applicants by email.

ATAS applications typically take around a month to be processed.

ATAS certificates are valid for six months only so please make sure to keep this in mind when you apply in relation to your course start date.

Can I do study abroad for part of the year at NTU?

Yes. We offer a wide range of study abroad and exchange programmes at the University. Please note that your study abroad cannot go ahead without the approval of NTU and your home university.

If you have any questions, please contact your NTU School Exchange Coordinator.

How can I meet the English language requirements of my offer?

You can take action to meet any English language condition of your offer by doing one of the following:

Do you accept any online English language tests?

Yes – please visit our  web page on alternative language tests which includes online tests accepted by NTU.

What is the deadline for meeting the conditions of my offer? 

We strongly advise that you take action to meet the conditions of your offer as early as you can.

We receive a high volume of applications and courses can close earlier than anticipated. The closer we get to the start of the term, it is more likely that courses will close when they reach capacity.

Any relevant deadlines for your application will be communicated with you through email.

What happens if my results aren’t good enough to meet the conditions of my offer?

We have a well-established process in place to consider candidates who have not met the academic conditions of their offer when results are released.

Applicants who have missed the terms of their offer will not automatically be unsuccessful. We will look closely at the results, and consider any extenuating circumstances, before deciding.

This applies to both UCAS and international results, after a decision has been made by NTU a review of the application will not be possible.

This process refers to academic qualifications, not English language test results.

Can I defer my offer?

If you have applied to us directly you can defer your place by one academic year.  If you choose to do this please contact us on the Ask NTU online form.

Can I get a refund of my advanced payment?

Yes, in some circumstances it is possible to get a refund of your advanced payment. Please contact our international team for advice on how to request a refund.

Do you have any advice about accommodation?

You'll find advice for international students about NTU and private accommodation on our website. We always advise to start researching your options early, as popular residences book up quickly.

Please note that all our NTU accommodation is single occupancy. NTU does not currently provide university accommodation for families or couples. Students choosing to bring a spouse or family would need to find private housing arranged through local letting agents. There is very limited family housing available to rent in Nottingham. Please read our advice and information about bringing spouse/family and our International Student Support Team can also provide guidance.

Can I work in the UK while I'm studying and/or after I graduate?

While you're studying

If you have a Student visa, you're usually eligible to work a limited number of hours (20) per week during term time.

There is more information about working while you study on the Student Hub.

After you graduate

The UK government has a post-study work visa called the Graduate visa.

This route is for students completing their degree or other eligible qualification. Through this route, students will be able to stay in the UK to work for:

  • two years, or
  • three years if they are a PhD student.

Applicants must have passed their academic degree with good attendance in order to be successful in securing a Graduate visa.

Applicants don't need to have an employer to be able to apply. They can do most types of work once the visa is granted, they can even be self-employed.

Please visit our Student Hub for more information about the Graduate route visa.

You can also see the UKCISA website for more information.

CAS and visa issues

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You will need to ensure you have the correct immigration permission/visa in place before you start your journey.

Our award-winning student support team provide excellent advice and information on immigration matters and advice on how to make a successful visa application.

If you still need help you can email the team at int.support@ntu.ac.uk.

FAQs about CAS and Student visas

Deadlines to meet the conditions of your offer

We strongly advise that you take action to meet the conditions of your offer as early as you can.

We receive a high volume of applications and courses can close earlier than anticipated. The closer we get to the start of the term, it is more likely that courses will close when they reach capacity.

Any relevant deadlines for your application will be communicated with you through email.

When you've met all your conditions, your place at NTU will be confirmed and we can issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

How early can I apply for a Student visa?

We encourage you to prepare in advance for your visa application and apply as soon as you receive your CAS.

You can apply for your Student visa up to six months before the start of your academic degree course.

Please note that your CAS may still state three months because this is a recent change, but you can still use your CAS to apply up to six months before the start of your course.

You can enter the UK only once your visa has been issued. You can arrive up to 1 month prior to course start date (for courses more than six months in length). You must not travel to the UK before the start date given on your visa, no matter when your course starts.

When can I receive my CAS?

For us to send you a CAS:

  • your offer must have been accepted
  • you must have met all of the conditions of your offer, including the £3,000 initial payment.

We can then send your CAS, but this will be no sooner than 16 weeks before your course start date in line with UKVI regulations.

How will I receive my CAS?

We only issue CAS Statements via email. To submit a visa application you will need to use the CAS number stated in the email - you do not need to submit a hard copy or PDF version of the CAS as part of the visa application.

We only issue CAS Statements by email.

I've had an invalid CAS message, what should I do?

If you get an invalid CAS message it may be that you have input an incorrect number or letter. We know that the 1 (number) and I (letter) look very similar. This can be a problem because they look the same in the CAS letter format.

Please try inputting again replacing the 1 with an I, or the I with a 1.

If this remains a problem you can contact us.

When will I get my offer letter?

As an international student you will be sent a copy of your September 2023 offer letter by email. We will begin sending offer letters to students who have applied to us directly in the new year.

What is the start date of my course?

The start date for your course is stated on your CAS email and offer letter email from NTU. You can also check your course induction timetable online.

On your CAS, the 'Start Date' is the date your course will begin and you should be on campus ready to attend classes on this date. It is important that you are ready to attend on this date because there will be induction sessions which are vital to your success on your course.

On your CAS, you will also see a 'Latest Start Date'. This date is for exceptional circumstances only and refers to the latest date a student would be allowed to start.

You should always plan to arrive for your course 'Start Date'. You may only arrive after your 'Start Date' if you have applied for your visa application in good time, but are experiencing delays outside your control. Please ensure you read all emails from NTU carefully about start dates.

We encourage you to arrive in time to attend Welcome Week. It's a great opportunity to get settled into student life before your academic degree starts.

Can I start my course online if I can't arrive for my course start date?

Unfortunately, if you are unable to arrive for the start of your course there is no online start available.

Can I defer my offer?

If you have applied to us directly you can defer your place by one academic year.  If you choose to do this please contact us on the Ask NTU online form.

Can I get a refund of my advanced payment?

Yes, in some circumstances it is possible to get a refund of your advanced payment. Please contact our international team for advice on how to request a refund.

Travel

There are no restrictions for international arrivals to the UK at this time. Some countries may have rules about what you need to do to leave the country to travel to England. You should check travel advice for the country you are travelling from.

Latest UK Government advice on travel to England.

If you are travelling through an airport in the Schengen area en route to the UK, you may need to obtain an Airport Transit Schengen Visa.

Please read our advice and information for planning your journey.

What to do when you arrive

You’ll find all the information and advice you need on our website and information will also be emailed to you:

Answers to questions you may have about arriving here may be in the section below.

FAQs about enrolment and arriving at NTU

Where do I collect my BRP?

If you selected to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from NTU you’ll be able to collect this at the International Enrolment Event, taking place in Newton Building, City Campus from Monday 9 January - Friday 3 February 2023. At this event, there will also be an opportunity to pay or discuss your fees, meet our student support team and collect your student ID card to complete your enrolment.

If you’ve arranged for your BRP to be delivered elsewhere we recommend that you collect this prior to attending the International Enrolment Event as we’ll need to see this document before you can complete enrolment.

If you still need support after these dates have passed, please take your documents to your Student Services Centre. If you're waiting for a BRP to be delivered to the University, you will be contacted to book an appointment when it has arrived.

The expiry date is wrong on my BRP letter, what should I do? 

If the expiry date on your BRP is 31 December 2024 but your permission to stay ends later than this date, you do not need to report this as an error. This is linked to UKVI moving to a digital immigration system from 2024.

Your immigration status, entitlement to work, access to services, benefits and travel are unaffected. You can also prove your right to work or right to rent using the online checking services referred to at the top of your BRP letter. These services will display the correct date of your leave.

Do I need to register with the police when I arrive? 

As of 5 August 2022, students are no longer required to register with the police upon arrival to the UK. This change affects those who have already registered and new students who are due to register. Even if your immigration documentation say you must register, you can ignore this, as it is no longer a requirement.

What happens if I become ill while I’m a student?

All international students have access to NHS healthcare after paying the NHS healthcare surcharge.

You’re advised to register with a local medical practice on the City and Clifton campuses or Southwell Medical Practice (if you’re based at Brackenhurst). Currently, the student health centres are consulting patients by telephone, video chat or email.

You can find full details on staying healthy on our student hub:

Can I have the Covid-19 vaccine when I'm a student? 

Yes. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of the nationality or immigration status.

Please read the latest advice on travel and vaccines in question and answer format.

You do not have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination, it is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

We recommend that you register with a GP when you arrive at the University in order to receive an NHS number which you'll need to receive the vaccine. You can register with a local medical practice when you join us. There are medical practices based at both the City and Clifton campuses (students based at Brackenhurst usually register with the Southwell Medical Practice).

If you've already had one vaccine please bring your information with you, you'll be able to arrange to have your second dose here.

For full information and advice, please read NHS Covid-19 vaccine FAQs.

How do I enrol?

Enrolment for new international students is a two-step process. You'll start your enrolment online. This involves checking the information we have about you, paying your tuition fees or setting up an instalment plan, and uploading a photo for your NTU Student Card.

Then, when you arrive in the UK you should attend our International Enrolment Event to complete enrolment in-person. This is where you'll collect your BRP, show visa documentation, meet our support staff and collect your NTU Student Card. Follow the step-by-step instructions on how to enrol.

The tuition fee amount showing on my enrolment portal is incorrect. What should I do?

If you have been awarded a scholarship and this is not showing against your tuition fees, contact international@ntu.ac.uk

If you've made additional payments towards your tuition fees and these are not showing, please complete the instalment plan set up. No money will be taken from your account until the first instalment date. After you have set up the instalment plan, contact the Finance team and they will check and adjust the payment amount.

More advice and support

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International Enquiries Team

We're confident that the answers to many of the questions you may have are on this page so please read this section carefully.

If you would some personal advice on your study plans please contact our specialist regional teams.

If you have a query that is not answered on this page please email our international enquiries team and we'll be happy to advise.