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We welcome international students from all corners of the globe. Our student body consists of a huge number of nationalities, making for a wonderfully stimulating and diverse environment.

Below, you will find information about visas for studying in the UK, as well as essential information for international students in London.

 

Visas for Studying in the UK

Whether you have yet to arrive in the UK or are already here, you can find all the visa information you need to know here. Most non-UK Nationals starting a degree course will require a Student Visa (previously known as Tier 4) in order to study in the UK.

The type of visa you need, and the process for applying for it, will differ depending on the type of course you plan to study, the length of your course and other criteria.

You can get more information on how to apply for your visa and which visa to apply for on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

You can also find more information on the Home Office website.

Firstly, you should use the Check if You Need a UK Visa tool to see if you will be required to obtain a visa to join any of our courses. You will need to confirm your nationality, that you intend to travel for the purpose of studying, and the length of the course you intend to undertake.


MA programmes | BA (Hons) Fashion Communication | Vogue Foundation Programme

International students without a UK passport will require a Student Visa (previously known as Tier 4) to attend either of these courses.

You can apply for this visa only after you have been accepted and issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number by the College.

You can apply for this visa no more than three months before the start of the course or the date of travel.

Once you have been accepted, we will send you all the required information to help guide you through the visa application process.

More information on this visa can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Please note you will not be able to undertake any type of work (paid or unpaid) in the UK on a Student Visa while studying at Condé Nast College. You will be able to do the optional work placement if it is part of your course.

 

Vogue Fashion Certificate | Vogue Intensive Summer Course | One Week Courses | Vogue Teen Weekend

Most international students without a UK passport will be required to apply for a Standard Visitor visa for these courses, which are less than 6 months long.

Consult the Gov.uk website to confirm this in relation to your nationality. A list of the required documents and other important information can also be found on the site.

To apply for the short-term visa, you will need an unconditional acceptance letter from the Condé Nast College confirming your enrolment on the course. The original letter will only be issued once the full payment of the tuition fee has been received and cleared. Please note that photocopies and scans are not accepted.

Student Visa (long-term)

For all our MA programmes, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Programme

International students without a UK passport will require a Student Visa (previously known as Tier 4) in order to study on these courses. You can apply for this visa only after you have been accepted and issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number by the College, and no more than three months before the start of the course or the date of travel. This is a requirement of the UK Government. Once you have been accepted into a course, the College will send you all the necessary information to help guide you through the visa application process.

 

Disclaimer: While the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design provides directional links and support to prospective students requiring study visas, ultimately it is each student’s personal responsibility to ensure that they have met all of their visa requirements. The College does not take any responsibility for non-issued visas.

You can apply from outside the UK no more than six months before the start date of the course or the date of travel, and three months from within the UK (if applicable). You should check with the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website as to their processing times. You must apply for a visa in your home country.

After you have been accepted to the course, we will send you a checklist of documents you will need to submit to us for review before we issue you a CAS. Once we have verified all your details and documents, we will issue you a CAS, which you use to apply for your student visa.

Most international students will need to apply for a student visa (previously known as Tier 4)to study a full-time degree-level course at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design.

The information on this page is a brief guide highlighting the key points of the student visa process for international students. 

For more detailed information, please visit UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the UK Home Office

 

Application Process

The Home Office has full guidance on how, when and where to apply, but here is a brief summary of the process:

  1. Obtain Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the admissions office after receiving your offer, but no more than 6 months before the course start date. 
  2. Complete Student Visa application form online, (if you plan to apply from within the UK, check to make sure you are eligible
  3. Pay immigration health surcharge and application fee
  4. Book a biometric appointment at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application
  5. Attend biometrics appointment (scan and upload your documents before the appointment)
  6. Attend credibility interview (if asked to do so)
  7. Home Office will contact you with a decision (often within three weeks, but visa processing times vary by country)
  8. If your visa is refused, please contact the admissions team at admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk and attach your visa refusal letter
  9. Collect your biometric residence permit (BRP) within 10 days of your arrival in the UK (or, if you applied within the UK, your BRP will be posted directly to you).

 

Maintenance Requirements

You must have enough money to support yourself while you are studying in the UK. The Home Office uses fixed amounts, which may or may not reflect your actual living costs. 

Condé Nast College is located in central London, so you will need to show £1,265.00 per month for the duration of your course capped at 9 months; so for our year-long and two-year long courses you will need to show this capped amount, giving a total of £11,385.00 required to cover your living costs (maintenance). The home office will need to see that at least this amount has been in your bank account (or the bank account of your parents/one of your parents/or legal guardian) for a minimum of 28 days; the amount in the account must not fall below this limit at any point. A CAS, and therefore a visa cannot be issued if this requirement is not met.

Sponsored Students

If you are fully funded by an official financial sponsor, as defined in the Student Visa policy guidance, you will require an original letter from your sponsor confirming the duration of the sponsorship, how much they will cover towards your tuition fees and how much they will cover towards your living costs. If your official financial sponsor is not covering all of your course fees and maintenance, you must show that you have the rest of the money required. 

 

Immigration Health Surcharge

In addition to the student visa application fee, you will have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your application. This entitles you to use the National Health Service (NHS) if you become unwell or have an accident while studying in the UK.

The IHS amount you will need to pay depends on how much leave you are granted: 

  • £470 for each year of study
  • £235 for periods of less than 6 months (e.g. additional four months of leave granted at the end of your studies)
  • £470 for periods of between 6 and 12 months (e.g. additional 8 months of leave granted at the end of your studies)

Calculate how much IHS you would need to pay before you apply by using the immigration health surcharge tool

 

Required Supporting Documents

 Document

Description

Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

You can request your CAS within six months of your course start date, if you have accepted your unconditional offer, and paid your first year’s tuition fee for our BA, or full tuition fees if applying for an MA or our Vogue Foundation Programme).

Passport or travel document

Copy of the photo page of your passport and any previous UK visas. 

If you have applied for and have previously been refused a UK visa for whatever reason, please provide a copy of the visa refusal letter. 

Must be the same document listed on your CAS

Financial documents

You must show the full amount needed for maintenance for a minimum of 28 days. A bank statement should be printed on the 29th day.
Your bank statement closing balance must be no more than 31 days before the date you submit your student visa (previously Tier 4 visa) application.

If using parents' bank statements, they must be accompanied by a letter of support from parents and proof of the relationship (i.e. birth certificate).

The UKVI Student Visa Policy Guidance gives very precise instructions strictly to ensure you meet the financial requirements.

Academic and English qualifications

Must be the same qualifications you used to receive an offer to study with Condé Nast College, and for your CAS to be approved. For non-UK qualifications you will also need a UK ENIC Statement of Comparability

Depending on your situation, you may also be required to submit:

 Document

Description

Tuberculosis (TB) Medical Certificate

You will need to have a TB test from a UKVI approved test centre if you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of these listed countries.

Letter of Consent from parents

If you are under 18 years of age.

Official English translations

If any supporting documents are not in English.

For more information on required documents for a Tier 4 student visa application, please read the full Home Office guidance and see the UKCISA evidence pages.

 

Credibility Interview

You may be required to attend a credibility interview. This will usually be conducted by video link with a UKVI officer in the UK, although some are face-to-face interviews at Home Office centres across the UK (if you are applying from inside the UK).

During your interview a member of Home Office staff may ask you about your course, where you want to study, your reasons for studying in the UK, and how you plan to finance your studies. They must be satisfied that you are a genuine student and that your English language ability is at the correct level, otherwise you might be called for a further interview or your application may be refused.

See the UKCISA website for more information.

 

Dependants

Some students on student visas can have a family with them in the UK as their dependents. This will depend on your student immigration status.

To find out who counts as a dependant, and how to apply, please see the UKCISA website.

PBS dependents can apply for a dependant visa (spouse or child) on the Home Office website.

Standard Visitor Visa (short-term)

For our Vogue Fashion Certificate, Vogue Intensive Summer Course, One Week Courses, and the Vogue Teen Weekend

International students without a UK passport may be required to apply for a Standard Visitor visa. Consult the Gov.uk website to confirm this in relation to your nationality. A list of the required documents and other important information can also be found on the site.

To apply for the Standard Visitor visa, you will need an unconditional acceptance letter from the College confirming your enrolment on the course. The original letter will only be issued once the full payment of the tuition fee has been received and cleared.

Please note photocopies and scans are not accepted.

You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within three weeks.

Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.

Depending on what country you are applying from, you may not need to apply for your visa in advance and instead present your documents to a passport official on arrival at the UK border, provided you have the required documents. you can check this on the Check if You Need a UK Visa tool (please also consult the standard visitor visa page on the Gov.uk website to confirm this.) A list of the required documents and other important information on the standard visitor visa can be accessed on the Gov.uk website.

The full guide can be found on UKCISA website.

In short, you must provide documents that prove you:

  • Have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study (the unconditional acceptance letter from us).
  • Have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you.
  • Can pay for your return or onward journey (evidence of return tickets or bank statements).

UK Leaving the EU

EU students rights to study and live in the UK will not change until 31 December 2020. However, if you are an EU student and would like to continue to study and live in the UK after the 31 December 2020, you will need to follow the guidance for the EU settlement scheme.

For more information, please read through the governments guidance -https://www.gov.uk/guidance/brexit-guidance-for-eu-students-in-the-uk

 

English Language Requirements

All classes are taught in English. Applicants whose first language is not English must prove their proficiency in written and spoken English and show that they will be able to participate in group discussions and give a presentation in English. The standard English language requirement for entry to MA and BA courses is 6.5 overall, Foundation and Certificate 6.0-6.5 and all other courses 5.5 overall. Other relevant exams and experiences in written and spoken English may also be taken into consideration, depending on which course you are applying for. For more information on IELTS click here.

For Student Visa purposes you will need to take a secure English Language test, you can read more here.

For further information, please email admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk

 

Deadline for Submitting an Application

For the Online, One Week, Vogue Intensive Summer and Vogue Teen Weekend courses, applicants are required to apply no later than one week before the course starts.

For the Foundation and Certificate courses, you will be required to complete your application two weeks before the course starts.

For the BA & MA degrees, applicants are required to apply no later than six weeks before the course starts.

Given the intense competition for places, you are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you have any concerns, please check with the Admissions team who can inform you if a course is already full.

 

Before Arriving in the UK

Before coming to the UK to study at the College, there are processes you will need to follow and specific information you will require. Our Essential Condé Nast Guide is full of information and advice about:

  • Immigration and visas
  • Working during your studies
  • Money and banking
  • Travelling in London
  • Council tax
  • Telephones
  • Healthcare, and more…

Read International Students Pre Departure Information.

On Arriving in the UK

Students with a Student visa (previously known as a Tier 4) have certain conditions and responsibilities attached to their stay in the UK. If you have a Student or Tier 4 visa it is very important that you understand and abide by your specific visa conditions.

As the sponsor of your Student or Tier 4 visa the College also has certain duties and responsibilities which are set by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Some of the College's sponsor duties may affect your visa, so it is important that you know what these are.

To familiarize yourself with your and College Student Visa responsibilities please read our guide

Student Visa (Tier 4) Responsibilities

Useful Websites to Read Before Studying in the UK

The British Council website will provide you with information about pre-departure events. You can download its "First Steps" pre-departure guide for more helpful information.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs, UKCISA, has a whole range of topics that are useful for international students, including driving in the UK, finding housing and British culture.

Prepare for Success is a multimedia learning resource to help you discover what kind of academic skills you will need to get the most out of your time studying in the UK.