How to apply – International students

Your Options

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

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 as a Home or EU student.

Outside of the EU

If you are a student from outside of the European Union, our Regional Offices and recognised representatives can provide you with information, advice and support regarding your application. See your country page for support. You can also apply directly to the University using the self-service portal.

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 telephone the International Office on +44(0)1604 892546 or +44(0)1604 892134 or email the International Office.

You can also contact our Regional Offices for more specialised advice. Contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

If you applied through one of our Regional Officers or an in-country representative, please contact them directly for any updates on your application.

Please visit our Representatives Directory for a list of our trusted partners and representatives.

If you would like a paper application form, please contact the International Office.

 

  • Choose a course

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

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

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

    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

    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 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.

    There is an application fee to use the UCAS service.

    Receive our decision

    You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

    To accept your offer at the University of Northampton, select 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. You have to reply to your offer by the specified deadline.

    Once you receive an’unconditional offer’ from us, we can begin your VISA application.

    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 recieve 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 and ‘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 if £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 Next Steps – Acceptance to Arrival page contains advice on getting you started.

  • All postgraduate applications are made directly to the University using our Self-Service Portal

    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.

    International students can study for part time postgraduate degree courses with the correct visa.

    Submit an application using our Self-Service Portal

    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

    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.

    To accept your offer 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

    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 Next Steps – Acceptance to Arrival 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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