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Information for overseas students

We welcome students from around the world.

We are based in a central, lively part of London with great transport links. The College is within easy reach of major arts venues such as Tate Modern, the Design Museum and the Southbank Centre.

English Requirements

Short Courses

There are no formal English requirements and our tutors have experience of teaching students who speak English as their second language. To enjoy the course and participate fully you should have good spoken and written English. As a guideline for students whose first language is not English, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 4.5 for practical courses and 6.0 for lecture courses.

If you are looking to combine English language study with some creative subjects, take a look at our English Plus Communication courses.

Study Abroad

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0.


As a Short Course or Study Abroad student at UAL, you will be in one of the most exciting, vibrant and colourful cities in the world. Our short-stay accommodation caters to a range of budgets and variety of locations, offering easy access to Central London and our Colleges. Read about the Halls of Residence, Homestays, House shares and suggested Hotels on our UAL short course accommodation page.

Immigration guidance

Short Courses

If you are travelling to study at London College of Communication from outside of the outside the European Economic Area (EEA) please read Immigration guidance for short course students.

Study Abroad

If you do not hold a UK / EU / EEA passport you will need a visa. For detailed information please refer to the UK Borger Agency Home Office website and the UAL Immigration & Visas page.