East Asia and South East Asia

China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

What level of English do I need?

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate that your level of English is adequate to succeed on your course. For Bachelor degrees, you will normally require IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no score below 5.5, For Master’s programmes you will normally require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no score below 5.5. Some courses may have different requirements and you should check on the Course Information pages for your chosen programme. See full details of English language equivalences on our English Language Requirements webpage.

What if my qualifications are lower?

If you apply for a Bachelor degree but your qualifications fall below the required level for year 1 entry, we may offer you a 4-year option, including Foundation Study Framework Year, or we may recommend a pathway programme with University of Northampton International College (UNIC).

If your academic qualifications are satisfactory but your English is below the necessary standard we offer Pre-sessional English programmes to prepare you for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Does the University offer Scholarships or Bursaries?

Students from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are eligible for the University of Northampton International Scholarship, worth up to 30% reduction in tuition fees. Many University-wide scholarships are also open to International students and we offer what we believe to be the most competitive Student Benefits Package of any university in England. Full details can be found on our scholarships and bursaries page.

How can I get more help?

Our approved representatives in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, listed in the accordions below, will give you information about our University, our courses and entry requirements and can provide help when it comes to applying.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • International Baccalaureate Diploma,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a Chinese university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    China Regional Office

    Mengdie Sun is the International Officer responsible for China.

    Student Stories

    “I chose UON because of the convenient location, the great new campus and the friendly people. The University is supportive. For example, the teachers are helpful – its easy to make appointments with them and get feedback.

    I really like the library – it has a great, studious feeling. The cross cultural class discussions and exposure to different backgrounds will help me progress and is needed in the workplace. I’m encouraged to think critically and independently which has helped my confidence.

    I’d like more time here. One year is not enough!

    – Ruiling Yang, BA International Accounting (Top-Up)

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE),
    • Hong Kong Advanced Level (HKALE),
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • 4-Year Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Mengdie Sun is the International Officer responsible for Hong Kong.

    Student Story

    hong kong international student, jen to, celenbrating graduation from ba early childhood studies

    “The staff at the university were really helpful throughout my application process; I was lucky enough to have been offered an international scholarship which made coming to study in the UK much easier in terms of the financial planning to cover my tuition fees.

    Outside of academic studies, join as many societies as you want. Northampton is one of just a few universities where you don’t have to pay membership fees to join sports and societies, this can help you make lots of new friends and try lots of new experiences. I became a course representative because I felt I had a unique perspective to bring to the role as both a mature student and international student, and gave me the chance to build up my confidence and leadership skills.”

    Jen To – BA Early Childhood Studies, 2015-2018.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Diploma D2
    • Year 1 of a Sarjana S1 degree
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Sarjana S1 degree,
    • Diploma D4,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Chris Neville is the International Officer responsible for Indonesia.

    Student Story

    sena aukharina heatshot portrait

    “UON is a modern university and an attractive place to study. The campus has everything you need. I am learning skills that are directly applicable to my future career. My favourite part of the experience so far has been making friends with people from different countries – it has been reassuring to share a new experience with people in a similar position.”

    Sena Aukharina – BSc International Accounting (Top Up), 2018-19

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Completion of Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugo Shomeisho)
    • Successful completion of Year 1 of a Bachelor degree (Gakushi)
    • Successful completion of a Vocational Degree (Senmonshi)
    • Successful completion of an Associate Degree (Jungakushi)
    • Junior College Certifiocate of Graduation 2nd or 3rd Year (Tanki Daigaku Shuryo Shoshois).

    We also welcome Japanese students, who have successfully completed the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of their Bachelor degree, on our Short-Term Study Programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Successful completion of a Bachelor degree (Gakushi)

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Kantarose Woolley is the International Officer responsible for Japan.

    Student Story

    “大学に通う中で、Northamptonはとても静かで、安全な街だと感じています。もちろん夜遅くなってからは友達と一緒に行動をしたほうがいいですが、比較的とても安全です。また、大学からの学生への支援も充実しており、changemaker hub などでは本格的なビジネスサーポート(じぶんで何か起業したい時など)をしてくれます。様々な授業外の一対一の個別指導も充実しており、授業に遅れが出ないようになりました。Waterside campus は今日できたばかりの施設ということもあって、どの施設(図書館、カフェテリア、教室)も綺麗で、実験室もとても充実しています。また、授業内容も、伝統的な、先生一人に対して大人数の生徒ではなく、少人数制で、授業に積極に参加できるスタイルで、ただ授業を聞いてるだけでは得られない、授業後の充実感があります”

    “While I go to the university, I feel Northampton is a very quiet and safe city. Of course it is better to take action with your friends after late at night, but it is relatively safe. In addition, support for students from university is enriched, and changemaker hub etc. make a full-fledged business survey (when you want to start something new). One-on-one individual guidance outside the various classes is also substantial, so that classes are no longer delayed.”

    “As Waterside campus is a facility just opened recently, which facilities (libraries, cafeteria, classrooms) are also beautiful and the laboratory is also very substantial. Also, the content of the lesson is not a traditional one, a large number of students for a teacher, but in a style that can participate actively in class with a small number of students, only by listening to lessons, after class There is a sense of fulfillment.”

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) full certificate.
    • Malaysian Ministry of Education Matriculation Programme
    • South Australian Matriculation (SAM)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Malaysian Regional Office

    Our official Regional Representative can provide in-country help with your course application, accommodation, entry requirements and scholarships.

    Representatives

    Kantarose Woolley is the International Officer responsible for Malaysia.

    Student Story

    “UON has smaller class sizes so the lecturers are able to give more one to one support. Compared to big cities, accommodation and livings costs are cheaper. You can use the money you save to cover the cost of travel and social activities. I always advise this – you might never get this opportunity again! Waterside’s facilities are very focused on high technology and there are lots of cafes and a rooftop bar– the Learning Hub is my favourite building as the library is open 24 hours and the environment is very peaceful.”

    Cassandra Hee – BSc Leather Technology.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Higher Diploma of Technical Education / Higher Diploma of Vocational Education,
    • Year 1 of relevant degree from a recognised institution in Thailand,
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Thailand Regional Office

    Kantarose Woolley is the International Officer responsible for Thailand

    Student Story

    profile photo for Sitanan Boonsorn

    “I chose UON because it had everything I wanted; I liked the new campus, it is safe and quiet, and the course was right for me. My degree will help with my job prospects; for example UON invites guest speakers from companies which helps me to understand what employers want. There is great student support here and my experience has been really exciting. I’m glad I came!”

    Sitanan Boonsorn – MSc Logistics and Supply Management, 2018-2019.

  • Read about the range of scholarships, bursaries and benefits available to Vietnamese students.

    Qualifications

    What do I need to join an undergraduate course at the start of year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Completed Upper Secondary School,
    • Completed First Year of an Undergraduate course at a recognised University in Vietnam,
    • Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree or Year 3 at a recognised Vietnamese University / College,
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Vietnam Regional Office

    Kantarose Woolley is the International Officer responsible for Vietnam.

    Student Story

    vietnam international student, lan nguyen, on campus studying pre-sessional english and master of business administration mba

    “I was offered scholarships from other UK universities but I chose UoN because of the time and attention the Vietnam Regional Office and Faculty gave me during my application process – it made me feel less nervous about my choice. I chose to study MA Education Leadership and Management as it seemed to fit best with my future career path. I’m really enjoying it and it has enhanced my knowledge about leadership in general, as well as educational leadership. This is going to be very helpful when I apply for jobs. It has been an amazing and unforgettable UK experience.”

    Lan Nguyen – MA Education Leadership and Management, 2017-2018.

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