Apply To Study

Please note that the process below relates only to International students – i.e. those from outside the European Union. EU nationals should apply by visiting our course pages and using the online application system. For advice on whether you would be considered an “International” student, please contact

Step 1 
  • Fill in the International Student Application Form. Please complete all sections 
  • Attach copies of your educational certificates and English language level evidence (IELTS), if you have this 
  • Attach a copy of the photograph page of your passport (and any previous or current UK visas, if applicable) 
  • Include your Personal Statement in the space provided on the application form, or send as a separate attachment.
Step 2 
  • Return your application by email to or by post to the International Team, Edinburgh College, Sighthill Campus, Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, EH11 4DE, Scotland, UK.
Step 3 
  • We may email you for additional information. 
  • You will usually be invited to an Admissions Interview with College staff, conducted by Skype if you are overseas. 
  • Following the Admissions Interview, you will usually be invited to attend a further Visa Interview with a member of the International Team, conducted by Skype. The purpose of this Visa interview will be to assess the most appropriate visa route for your studies and provide you with advice about the visa application process.

Step 4
  • If you are accepted, the International Team will send you a Conditional Offer Letter & Course Acceptance Form by email
  • We will also send you information on applying for the appropriate visa type
  • We request a deposit payment, usually 100% of the total course fee. In the case of a refund, £250 is kept to cover administration costs - see Refund Policy.  

Step 5
  • Send your Course Acceptance Form and deposit to the International Team (details below)
  • We will contact you about your preparations to apply for a visa and we will usually ask to see all relevant documents, including your financial statements, showing you have necessary maintenance (money for living costs) for the visa application.
Step 6
  • If you have been advised to apply for a Tier 4 visa, the International Team will only send your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) upon satisfaction of all the conditions noted in the Conditional Offer Letter and having inspected all the required supporting documents for your Tier 4 visa application. The CAS will be sent to you by email and is essential to apply for a Tier 4 study visa 
  • If you have been advised to apply for a Short-Term Study Visa (6 months) or a Short-Term Study Visa (11 months), we will send you an Unconditional Offer Letter, once you have met all conditions in your Conditional Offer Letter
  • We will also send you pre-arrival information, including details of accommodation, airport pick-up service and induction. Please note that our airport pick up service is only for new students to Edinburgh College. 

Step 7 
  • You should follow our guidance very carefully when making a visa application. We will send you a detailed step-by-step guide for your visa type and we may also ask to check your visa application form prior to submission.
Please note: The College reserves the right to withdraw or modify any courses offered. If a course does not run we will try to provide an alternative. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full.

Contact the International Team at Edinburgh College for further information: 
+44 (0) 131 297 9995

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