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Please note, International students are unable to study Higher Education programmes at York College.

Making your application

Before you apply, please research the course thoroughly and discuss your choices with those close to you. You may wish to seek further advice from one of our partners, not just for academic purposes, but also around support, care and guardianship. Contact us if you have any questions about this. We can always recommend trusted partners. You must apply for a course at Level 3 or above.

Please note - your application will be subject to a £300 fee before it is assessed by our admissions team. The fee is non-refundable but will be deducted from your tuition fees, should your application be successful.

Starting your Application

The first stage is to complete the College application form and return it to us. You must submit your application on line through our website.

It saves time and helps us to make you an offer if you include the following documents with your application form:

  • Proof of your immigration status
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • A copy of your latest school report
  • A copy of any formal qualifications (if available)
  • A copy of your IELTS test certificate (if available)
  • An academic reference from someone at your school
  • A personal statement written by you

What Happens Next?

Once we have received your application we will assess your suitability for the course.

When the Admissions Team receive your application, they will email you an International Assessment Form (IAF) which you must complete and return as soon as possible. Once we have received your completed and signed IAF, with copies of all the requested documents, you may be invited for a virtual interview if you meet the course entry requirements.

After your interview you might be made an offer to study with us and if you accept this, and pay a deposit, we will send you the relevant documents so that you can apply for your Student visa.

Student Visa Information can be found here.

Conditional Offers

Most students will receive a conditional offer. This means that you need to meet certain conditions in order to study with us. Usually these will either be related to your IELTS score or your academic results. For example, you may be awaiting your final high school report.

  • IELTS Scores: A summary of our IELTS requirements can be downloaded here. Please note that in order to meet the Student visa regulations, we can only accept the results of a secure IELTS Academic for UKVI Purposes test from a UK Government approved centre (see our visa guidance for further details).
  • Academic Entry: Given the number of different education systems around the world, we do not have an absolute entry requirement for each course. However, we do expect strong academic performance. Please email us at for further advice.

If you receive a conditional offer, you should focus on meeting your conditions. Once you have done so we will upgrade your offer to an unconditional offer. In the meantime, you should do the following things to accept your place:

Once you have done this and met your conditions we will write to you to confirm your place and from May we will send you an official CAS letter which you can use to apply for your student visa.

Unconditional Offers

Congratulations, you have met our academic entry requirements and achieved our required IELTS score. We are happy to accept you on our course without further conditions. If you have received an unconditional offer you only need to do two things to accept your place:

  • Email a signed, scanned copy of our Terms and Conditions document
  • Pay your course deposit (£1000) and, if applicable, your homestay deposit (£500)

Once you have done this we will write to you to confirm your place and from April we will send you an official Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter which you can use to apply for your student visa.

Accepting your Offer

After we receive your application we hope to make you a formal offer to study. This page tells you what happens at this stage and what you need to do next.

When we make you an offer, there are a number of steps you need to follow in order to confirm your place. Depending on your circumstances, your offer will either be unconditional or conditional.

Visa Information

Most International students will need a visa to study in the UK, you can check whether you need a visa using the link below. You can apply for a study visa up to six months before your course starts, so, for a course starting in September you could apply for a visa from April that year. You must follow a process and can only apply for your study visa once we have formally accepted you onto a course and you have received the necessary offer documents from us.

Step 1: Get your CAS number

The College is your official student visa sponsor. From April, provided you have met the conditions of your offer, we will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) letter. This letter contains a unique reference number that you need for your visa application. You cannot apply without a CAS number.

  • We will not issue this more than six months in advance of your course start date as this is the earliest you can apply for your visa.
  • We will not issue you with a CAS number until you have paid your course deposit (£1000).

Step 2: Check your paperwork

Before you submit your application, you should check any accompanying paperwork. This must include any evidence we have listed in your CAS letter, but should also include the following:

  • Your current passport
  • One passport sized colour photo with your name written on the back
  • Proof of parental consent, under 18s only.
  • Evidence of your financial maintenance (see below)
  • Evidence of your tuberculosis test result
  • Copies of any examination certificates

Note that in order to study in the UK, students must demonstrate that they have had a certain amount of money in their bank account (or accounts used to support them, such as a parent’s account) for at least 28 days prior to their application. For a student staying in York for nine months or longer this amount is £9207 (£1023 per month for nine months). This amount may rise in the future and can be found in the latest UKVI Guidance.

Step 3: Apply online

You must apply for your student visa online. After you have submitted your online application you will need to make an appointment to provide fingerprints and to submit the documentation listed above. Begin your application here:

Step 4: Tell us when you get your visa

The UK Visas and Immigration Service (UKVI) does not tell York College the outcome of your visa application, so please tell us as soon as you have received your visa.

Step 5: Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

The final stage of your application happens after you arrive in the UK. Before this you will be given an “entry clearance vignette” which is stuck into your passport. You can use this to travel and enter the United Kingdom. However, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit within ten days of arriving in the country.

During your application, please select the Post Office in WHSmith on Coney Street for collecting your BRP. If you do this, we will collect your BRP for you during your first week in York.

Student Accommodation

The majority of students whose accommodation needs we support live with local people in a homestay environment. Click here to find out more.

Final Preparations

Information about the other things you need to do in the weeks before you arrive in York.

As you prepare to travel to York, you are likely to have a lot of questions and there are also lots of practical arrangements for you to make. This page tries to give you reassurance about all of this. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The page assumes you have:

  • Met the conditions of your offer
  • Paid for your course
  • Applied for your visa (or received it)

Contact your homestay host

Around this time, we will put homestay students in contact with their host households. We strongly advise that you use the weeks leading up to your departure to contact your hosts. Try to get to know them and tell them a bit about yourself.

Learn about York

Most students live in York for at least a year. This is a fantastic opportunity to really get to know the city. You can use the time before you leave for the UK to learn more about what the city has to offer.

Pay any outstanding fees

Where applicable, you must have paid at least your course deposit (£1000) and your homestay deposit (£500) before you arrive in York. Your full tuition payment for the year and your accommodation payment for Term 1 are due by 30th August 2023.

Check your paperwork

Make sure your paperwork is all in order, especially your visa documents. Keep all key documents in your hand luggage, including contact details for the College and your residential address in York (e.g. homestay address). This is also covered in our visa information section above.

Book your flights (and tell us)

We ask all students to book flights as soon as they have their visa. We ask that you tell us when you are arriving in the UK. We also strongly recommend that students fly to Manchester Airport. Further details about arriving in the UK are given below.

Now read

Our pages about arriving in York.

When you arrive

Our international student arrival day is still to be confirmed for 2024. On this day only, we offer a complimentary airport collection and transfer service from Manchester Airport (MAN) to York College. It is very important that students try to arrive on this day and that they tell us their flight details as soon as they have been booked.

A member of staff will let you know what time we will be at the airport to collect you. If you arrive later than 17:00, you may need to make alternative arrangements for your transfer to York.

Once you have arrived at the College, you will be introduced to your homestay provider if you are staying in accommodation arranged through the College. They will take you to your new home. If you have arranged your own accommodation, you will be responsible for travelling to your new address. However, members of College staff will be available to advise you. Taxi fares are reasonable.

If you arrive on any day other than the designated International student arrival day, you will need to make your own way from the airport to your accommodation. There is a train station at Manchester Airport and there are regular direct trains to York. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes.

International Welcome

Your first few days in York will be filled with events, presentations and activities designed to help you settle in and make the most of your time in York. Welcome Week will include:

  • Information about your course
  • Information about the College
  • Meeting your tutors
  • Meeting other students
  • College registration and paperwork
  • An activity day in York city centre
  • Information about the International Social Programme
  • Information on how to register with a doctor and health care in the UK
  • Collection of your Student Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)


In addition to any visa fees you need to pay to UKVI, the following fees will be invoiced to you from York College-

  • Course fees (per year) - £8,250
  • Accommodation fees (per year) - £8,250

Course fees must be paid in advance in full.

Accommodation fees will be invoiced termly.