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How to Apply – International Students

English Language Requirements

For information about language requirements if you are an international or EU student, please visit our dedicated page.

English Language Requirements

Applying to the University of Northampton – Your Options

Depending on what and how you would like to study at university, there are different ways to apply.

International applicants and applicants resident in the EU

Our Regional Offices and recognised representatives are our preferred method of application and you should take advantage of their services whenever possible. They can provide applications advice, general information about the University and support throughout the process. You can also refer to our UON in Your Country pages.

You may also apply via UCAS. This may be the standard application process for your school or the UON representative in your country.

You can apply directly to the University of Northampton using our free online application service. You can apply by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button on each course page of the website. If more than one intake or placement option is available, make sure you select the option you want.

Students applying from partnership institutions

If you’re an overseas student studying at one of our partnership universities or colleges, it is possible for you to study full-time here on our Waterside Campus. You should apply directly to the University by completing and returning our Interactive Application Form. Further guidance can be found on the international web pages.

ERASMUS

ERASMUS applicants follow a separate application process. Application guidance is available on our ERASMUS webpage.

Get in Touch for Application Guidance

For more information about applying to the University of Northampton as an International student, please email the International Office or call us on +44(0)1604 892546 or +44(0)1604 892134. We also have our own internationally focused social media pages. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • If you would like to apply for:

    you can apply for University via UCAS or directly to the University of Northampton.

    Choose an Undergraduate course

    Our Course Directory lists all of our courses.

    Please note that International students cannot apply for part time undergraduate courses.

    Submitting an application through UCAS

    If you are using the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) you will need the code for the University of Northampton to complete your university application. Our UCAS code is N38.

    You will also need to know:

    • the start date
    • your chosen course title and
    • be able to submit supporting documents

    You can find ‘how to apply’ and ‘track your UCAS application’ guidance on the UCAS website.

    Look out for university application deadlines. Applying on time gives you more chance of getting a place on your chosen course and more time to prepare for your arrival.

    You will be given a UCAS number. You should make a note of this to track your application.

    There is an application fee to use the UCAS service.

    Submitting an application directly to the University of Northampton

    You can also apply to university by submitting an application directly to the University. To do so, apply using our self-service portal.

    You will need to know:

    • the Academic Year of study
    • your chosen course title
    • you should be able to submit supporting documents (see our ‘Supporting Documents’ guide below)

    As circumstances are different for each applicant, we do not set a formal deadline for applications. We would advise that you submit an application as soon as possible to allow enough time for you to prepare your visa and travel to the UK.

    We do not charge an application fee to use the self-service portal.

    Check your email regularly

    After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email from us after a few working days. This email will include your 8-digit student ID number, which you can use to check your application at any point.

    We may contact you to ask you to provide more information or supporting documents before we can make a decision on your application. Therefore, it is important that you can check your email regularly for correspondence from us. Make sure you update us if your contact details change.

    Receive our decision

    We aim to provide an initial response and/or a decision upon your university application as soon as possible. Timescales can vary depending on the course and complexity of the application. If your application is successful you will receive an offer letter.

    To accept your offer at the University of Northampton you will need to respond to our offer letter by selecting us as your firm choice. If you receive a ‘conditional’ offer then the offer is based on you providing us with further information or results. Your offer will become ‘unconditional’ once you meet these requirements.

    When you receive an ‘unconditional offer’ we can begin your visa application.

    Start your VISA application

    If you are a full fee-paying International student, the next step is paying the deposit. Once you pay the deposit, we can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Currently, the deposit for Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught courses is £5,000. Further details of the deposit will be included in your offer letter.

    For more information about international fees and deposits, please visit of International Fees and International Scholarships pages and payment methods guidance.

    For help with your Visa you can refer to our Visas page.

    It is a good idea for you to start planning your arrival to the UK as soon as possible. Our International student support pages contain advice on getting you started.

  • The deadline for international applicants for taught Masters (PGT) courses commencing in September 2021 is Monday 16 August 2021. If your application is received after this date, it will be considered for the next available intake’

    When using our Self-Service Portal you will need to know the start date, your chosen course title and be able to submit supporting documents (see our ‘Supporting Documents’ guide below).

    Choose a Postgraduate course

    Make your choice from the postgraduate courses open to international students.

    Check that the course entry requirements (academic and English language requirements) and course start dates are right for you.

    Submit an application using our Self-Service Portal

    To apply using our Self-Service Portal, you will need to know:

    • the Academic Year and Month of study (e.g. September 2021)
    • and the title of the course you are applying for and
    • you should be able to submit supporting documents (see our ‘Supporting Documents’ guide below.)

    As circumstances are different for each international applicant, we do not set a form deadline for university applications. We would advise that you submit an application as soon as possible to leave enough time for you to prepare for visas and travel to the UK.

    There is no application fee to use the Self-Service Portal.

    Check your email regularly

    After you submit your postgraduate application, you will receive a confirmation email from us after a few working days. This email will include your 8-digit student ID number, which you can use to check your application status at any point.

    We may contact you to ask you to provide more information or supporting documents before we can make a decision on your application. Therefore, it is important that you check your email regularly for further communication. Make sure you let us know if your contact details change.

    Please ensure that you provide all documentation necessary for us to assess your application. Missing documentation may delay your receiving a decision.

    Receive our decision

    Your offer will become ‘unconditional’ once you meet these postgraduate requirements and have contacted the International Admissions Team to accept your offer.

    We aim to provide an initial response and/or a decision upon your application as soon as possible. Timescales can very depending on the course and complexity of the application. If your application is successful you will receive an offer letter.

    If you receive a ‘conditional’ offer then the offer is based on you providing us with further information or results. Your offer will become ‘unconditional’ once you meet these requirements.

    When you receive an ‘unconditional offer’ we can begin your visa application.

    Start your Visa application

    It is a good idea for you to start planning your Visa and arrival to the UK as soon as possible.

    If you are a full fee-paying International student, the next step is paying the deposit. Once you pay the full deposit, we can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Currently, the deposit for Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught courses is £5,000. Further details of the deposit will be included in your offer letter.

    For more information about international fees and deposits, please visit of International Fees and International Scholarships pages and payment methods guidance.

    For help with your Visa application you can refer to our Visas page.

    It is a good idea for you to start planning your arrival to the UK as soon as possible. Our International student support pages contain advice on getting you started.

  • Guidance for your research degree and PhD application is available on our Research Degree Information page.

  • You can apply directly to the University of Northampton for all distance learning or online courses.

    If you are applying for a specific pathway or Joint Honours programme, please make a note of your pathway or subjects in your personal statement.

    Please contact our Distance Learning team for application help and guidance.

  • Please include the following documents with your completed university application form:

    • Details of your English Language competence. For example, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests or equivalent.
    • Certified copies of your school certificates and any other relevant qualifications. A certified copy is a photocopy that has an original official stamp of your school, college or university on it. The stamp should not be a photocopy.
    • At least one reference (signed and on headed paper).
    • A personal statement to explain why you are interested in studying your chosen course.

    Art and Design courses

    Students applying for some Art and Design courses at the University of Northampton also need to submit a portfolio of work. You can read our useful portfolio guide to learn more.

    MBA Programme

    If you choose to apply for an MBA programme, you must include details of your previous employment as part of your submitted documentation.

    If you have any questions about your application please email the International Admissions Team.

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