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Apply to Study Abroad

Make an application to study abroad at University of the Arts London, Europe's largest specialist arts and design university.

If you're looking to study abroad at UAL, we have put together some information to help you apply. You can study abroad at each of our colleges, with courses lasting from 3 weeks up until a year.

Once you’ve selected your course, you will be taken to the application form.

If you're not sure what course you want to apply for, check out our courses.

Terms and Conditions for Study Abroad

Application deadlines

  • 31 October for January / February entry
  • 1 May for September entry

Eligibility and application criteria

Academic requirements

  • Completed at least 1 year's study at an overseas higher education institution in a relevant undergraduate subject;
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or the equivalent;
  • Meet UAL’s English language requirement.

London College of Fashion

Most LCF Study Abroad courses have a GPA requirement of 2.8 or equivalent. Please check individual course pages.

English language requirements

  • Be from a majority English speaking country or;
  • Have studied for at least 1 year at a university in a majority English speaking country or;
  • An IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.0, or above, with 5.5 in each of the components. Certain courses require higher IELTS scores of 6.5, 7.0 or 7.5.
  • LCF Study Abroad and Summer Study Abroad have varying IELTS entry requirements. Please check individual course pages.
  • The English language requirements for students applying for a Student visa may differ from those listed above.  For more information, please contact studyabroad@arts.ac.uk.

Application supporting documents

Supporting documents must be uploaded with the online application.

  • 1 passport sized headshot photo
  • Copy of the photo page in your passport
  • Personal statement - must be between 300 and 500 words in length
  • 1 academic reference
  • Transcript of recent grades
  • Portfolio

Portfolio requirements

  • Art, Design Courses: You will be asked to submit a portfolio of 20-25 images via PebblePad. The work you include should show breadth, and demonstrate your creative thinking, and personal research, progressing through stages to a finished piece.
  • Fashion at Central Saint Martins: You should demonstrate your fashion research and creative process skills; sketchbook imagery which shows the origin of ideas displayed in your portfolio; and the progression through design stages to a finished piece.
  • Fashion, Footwear and Styling at London College of Fashion: Students applying for this course will be asked to send 5 portfolio images appropriate to the specialist area.
  • Fashion Business, Fashion Media and Communication at London College of Fashion: Students applying for this course will be asked to submit 1 piece of written work appropriate to the specialist area.  Written work should be provided in English with a suggested maximum length of 500 words.
  • Acting and Directing Courses: You will be asked to upload an example of a recent performance in which you have taken a significant role via PebblePad.
  • Sound Art: You will be asked to upload examples of your original sound work via PebblePad.
  • Film and Television: You will be asked to upload a showreel of extracts of your film projects, along with a short-written film analysis, via PebblePad
  • All other courses (such as Media Studies, Journalism, Publishing, PR etc): 1 piece of written work appropriate to the specialist area.  Written work should be provided in English with a suggested maximum length of 500 words.

Online submission tool

PebblePad is an online tool which enables applicants to upload additional requirements to support their application.

If you are required to submit additional requirements via PebblePad, you will be sent an email with your user name and password and a link to access the system.

PDFs are not accepted on PebblePad.

Find out more about PebblePad.

Portfolio advice

A chance to showcase your creative potential, your portfolio is an important part of your application. As courses vary in their selection criteria, we encourage you to read all application information native to your chosen course while preparing your portfolio.

View UAL's portfolio advice (note that Study Abroad students will not be required to interview).

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    Integrated Study Abroad

    Study alongside local degree-seeking students for 1, 2, or 3 terms and fully integrate into UK student life.

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    Semester Study Abroad

    14 week semester programmes designed and tailored to incoming study abroad students that offers electives to suit individualised learning needs.

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    Summer Study Abroad

    Study for up to 8 weeks on one of our summer programmes with the option to take English language tuition before your course.

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