Guide to applying for international students.

Depending on whether you are looking to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course, there are slightly different ways of making an application.

If you are looking to study at an undergraduate level, you can find out about the application process on the Information for Undergraduates page. Similarly, our Information for Postgraduates page explains how to apply for one of these courses.

After you have applied

We treat each application we receive on an individual basis so the time it takes to process each application varies. However, we will always try our best to keep you updated on the progress of your application.

Below is an outline of what happens next after you have submitted your application.

After we have received your application, we'll assess your suitability to the course, taking into consideration your education history, academic and language qualifications, any business experience, references and your personal statement.

If you are successful in your application we will send you an offer. This will be marked conditional or unconditional. All offers are emailed to you or if you applied through an in-country representative, it will be sent to them.

  • Conditional offer: A conditional offer means that your application is not complete because it is waiting for you to supply additional information. The offer may be made on the condition that you achieve certain grades or qualifications or there may be crucial information missing, such as the result of an English language test. When the missing information is supplied, we can make your offer unconditional. If you have questions about the conditions of your offer, please email us at admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
  • Unconditional offer: An unconditional offer means there are no more conditions for you to meet. The offer is yours if you would like to accept it. 

You must formally accept our offer to you by following the instructions in your offer email. If you have questions about accepting your offer, please email admissions@canterbury.ac.uk

The University will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number when you have accepted your unconditional offer and paid the tuition fee deposit, if required. 

A CAS is a virtual document that the UK Home Office will view through a secure online system when you make your application for a student (Tier 4) visa. You will need your CAS number to make your visa application. Find out about CAS numbers here

If you need help with your Visa application, CAS or other immigration-related issues, please contact:

International Compliance Team

E: ukvi.compliance@canterbury.ac.uk

Once you have received your CAS number you should apply for your visa, which will allow you to travel to and study in the UK. Read an overview of the process within our visa and immigration pages

If you need help with your Visa application, CAS or other immigration-related issues, please contact:

Contact the International Compliance Team 

E: ukvi.compliance@canterbury.ac.uk

The fees for your course can be found in our fees and funding section. If you are planning to self-fund your studies or have sponsorship from within your home country, you can find out what you have to pay, and when you need to pay it here.

As an international student undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate course, we guarantee University accommodation for your first year of study if you formally accept an offer of a place to study with us and apply for accommodation online by 31 July. View our how to apply for accommodation page for details.

Both our Canterbury and Medway locations are within easy reach of London meaning that if you are arriving in the UK by air, your onward journey from the airport to Kent is straightforward. Visit our location pages to find out more.