How to Apply – International Students
Making an application with UON
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.
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 you application and visa, general information about the University and a number of other support services.
UCAS may be the standard application process for your school or the UON representative in your country. Information on how to apply can be found on the UCAS website.
Our 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.
Please note that the system does not check your application for completeness or accuracy, which could mean it takes longer to receive a decision than if you receive advice from a local representative.
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 contact one of our Regional Offices or Recognised Representatives to be sure of the most efficient and rapid assistance. Alternatively you can 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.
Please include the following documents with your completed university application form. If you don’t include a full set of documents, this may result in a delay in receiving your decision.
- Details of your English Language competence. For example, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests or equivalent.
- Certified copies of your academic qualifications – both certificates and transcripts/marksheets. 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.
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.
For information about language requirements if you are an international or EU student, please visit our dedicated page.
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. There is an application fee to use the UCAS service.
For all applications, via agents, Regional Offices, direct using our self-service portal, or through UCAS, 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.
You will need to know:
- the academic year and start date
- your chosen course title and
- be able to submit supporting documents
Check your email regularly
After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email from us. 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 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.
Guidance for your research degree and PhD application is available on our Research Degree Information page.
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.