Application Advice

Application advice for international UAL students. Yun Heo, BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects, Wimbledon College of Arts
Yun Heo, BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects, Wimbledon College of Arts. Photographer: Ivan Jones

Once you have chosen your course and are confident that you can satisfy the entry requirements, you can start preparing your application.

The application process will depend on the course you’ve chosen, and full details can be found in the ‘How to apply’ section of each course page. You can also find general application information and advice in our Apply section.

Helping you to apply

Application help and advice is also available to International Students via representatives based in different countries and through our Colleges. 

UAL’s official representatives

We have official UAL representatives based in many countries outside of the EU. These representatives can help you through the whole application process for all of our courses, from enquiry to enrolment, free of charge.

They can advise you, often in your native language, on the differences between our Colleges and courses, how to prepare your portfolio, how to apply, and can arrange a face -to -face interview in your country.

Our Colleges

Each of our Colleges has an International Office that provides advice on applying to their courses. They also receive and process applications directly from students who don’t have a recruitment representative in their country, or who would prefer to apply independently.

Please note, you can only apply through one of these routes (or the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services if you’re applying for multiple undergraduate courses in the UK – see our Applying through UCAS page for more information).

There is no deadline for applications made via our official representatives or directly to one of our Colleges, but as many courses fill up quickly, we advise you to apply as early as possible.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language and you don’t have an English languages qualification, you can still apply to a course at UAL. However, if your application is successful, and you do not qualify for a testing exemption, you will be required to have a valid English language qualification for both UAL and UKVI purposes when you enrol.

We accept several qualifications and tests as proof of English language level, including the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Visit the ‘English language tests’ section of our Language Requirements page to see if you already have recognised evidence of your English language level.

If you have a conditional offer for a course at UAL and need to improve your English to achieve the required level, you may be interested in the Presessional English programme run by our Language Centre. Passing Presessional English allows you to progress to your degree course without taking another English language test.

Visas to study in the UK

You will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, unless you hold an EEA or Swiss passport or have an immigration status that permits you to study at UAL.

It is important to note that there is a limit to the amount of time you can study in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) visa. In most cases, you can spend a total of five years studying at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. You should therefore plan your study carefully to ensure you can complete all the courses/levels you choose.

Our Student Advice Service and our official representatives can help you with your visa application. You can also check the Home Office and UK Council for International Student Affairs websites for detailed visa information and application advice.

Supporting documents

When you apply to a practice-based course in a subject like fine art, graphic design and other hands-on disciplines, you may be asked to submit a portfolio of relevant work. Check the course information on our website to find out if a portfolio is required for your chosen course, and how you should submit it.

As part of the application process, you will need to send us several other important documents. Full details of what to submit are shown on the relevant course page, but as a guide, we usually require the following:

  • Personal statement
  • A copy of your academic transcripts (officially translated into English)
  • A copy of your English language certificate, if English is not your first language. We strongly advise you to indicate your current English language level (e.g. IELTS 6.5) on your application form
  • Two letters of reference, written in English. References can be sent by post with your application or by email from the referee’s academic or work email account
  • A copy of your passport and any current UK visa
  • Immigration history form.

The selection process

We process applications as quickly as possible, though the time this takes varies depending on your chosen course, College and how you applied.

If you applied via an official UAL representative or the Asia Branch Office:

You might be asked to attend a face-to-face interview with one of our travelling academic staff. In these interviews, our staff can make offers for courses at any of UAL's six Colleges. This means that if you are not accepted at your first choice College, you may be offered a more suitable course at one our other five Colleges. 

If you applied directly to one of our Colleges:

If you applied directly to a College and you live outside the UK, we might ask you to attend a telephone interview. If you are already in the UK, or you’re able to travel to the UK, we will interview you in person at the College. If your application and interview are successful, we will offer you a place at the College you have applied to.

You can find more information about the selection process and what happens next on our Already Applied? page.