How to apply – International students

Your Options

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

Applicants from inside the EU

If you are a student from inside the European Union, please visit the How to Apply for Undergraduate courses page, or the How to Apply for Postgraduate courses page for guidance on how to apply as a Home or EU student.

Applicants from outside of the EU

If you are a student from outside of the European Union, you should apply directly to the University using the self-service portal or by completing and returning our Interactive Application Form. You can find detailed guidance on how to complete these by using the drop down menu at the bottom of this page.

Our Regional Offices and recognised representatives can provide application advice and support. You can also refer to your ‘UON in Your Country’ page.

ERASMUS

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

Get in Touch

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.

  • If you would like to apply for a Bachelor degree course or a 4 year Bachelor with integrated Foundation Study Framework (Year 0) you can apply via UCAS or directly to the University of Northampton.

    Choose a 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 application: 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 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.

    Receive our decision via UCAS

    You will receive our decision on UCAS. We aim to provide an initial response and/or a decision upon your application as soon as possible. Timescales can vary depending on the course and complexity of the application. We advise that you check your email regularly as we may contact you for information to complete your application.

    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.

    You must select UON as your firm choice to accept your offer.

    Submitting an application directly to the University of Northampton

    You can also apply 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 and 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 leave 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 and update us if your contact details change.

    Receive our decision

    We aim to provide an initial response and/or a decision upon your 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 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 New Students page contains advice on getting you started.

  • 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 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

    You will need to know the start date (not Academic Year and Month of study (e.g. 2019)).

    You apply using our Self-Service Portal. You will need to know the Academic Year and Month of study (e.g. 2019), chosen course title and be able to submit supporting documents (see our ‘Supporting Documents’ guide below.)

    As circumstances are different for each applicant, we do not set a form deadline for 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 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 correspondence from us and update us if your contact details change.

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

    Receive our decision

    Your offer will become ‘unconditional’ once you meet these 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 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 New Students page contains advice on getting you started.

  • Guidance for PhD and research degree applications 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 guidance.

  • Please include the following documents with your completed 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 guide to learn more.

    MBA Programme

    If you are applying for our 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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