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How to Apply for International Courses

We have a variety of courses on offer for our students from overseas.

Please note that the process below relates only to International students. For advice on whether you would be considered an “International” student, please contact

Step 1

Please complete all sections of our online International Student Application Form.

You will be asked to attach copies of your:

  • qualifications (educational certificates)
  • passport
  • current UK visa (if you have one)
  • SELT Certificate (evidence of your English language level). We can accept IELTS, LanguageCert, Pearson PTE or Trinity College London.

Please attach all documents you have to speed up the application process.

You will be asked to include a Personal Statement in your application form. You can write this in the space provided on the application form or attach a separate document. Make sure to answer all the questions provided in the guidance notes in the online application form.

Step 2

We may email you for additional information.

You will usually be invited to an Admissions and Visa Interview with College staff, conducted by Zoom if you are overseas. The purpose of the interview will be to provide you with advice about the visa application process.

Step 3

If you are accepted, the International team will send you a Conditional Offer Letter and 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 our Refund Policy.

If you are an international applicant requiring a Student Visa (formerly known as a Tier 4 General visa), and you are applying to study a two-year HND course, you will be asked to pay the full two-year fee as part of your conditional offer. The full payment of the two-year fee will also be reflected in your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) sponsorship letter that you will use to apply for your Student Visa.

Step 4

Send your Course Acceptance Form and deposit to the International Team.

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 the necessary maintenance (money for living costs) for the visa application.

Step 5

If you have been advised to apply for a student 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 Student visa application. The CAS will be sent to you by email and is essential to apply for a Student visa.

If you have been advised to apply for a Visitor visa (for courses that are less than 6 months in duration) 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.

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.

Step 6

We will 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.


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.

Courses for International Students

Applications, Fees and Information

Access Courses

If you wish to progress to Higher Education courses or university, but do not currently meet the entry requirements.

Access Courses

Higher Education Courses

HNC and HND are advanced qualifications equivalent to the first two years of study at university.

Higher Education courses

English Language Courses

Improve your English language skills for further study, career development, travel or enjoyment.

English Language Courses

English Plus

Get a taste of the College experience: Learn English and explore a range of vocational subject areas to inspire further study or career ambitions.

English Plus

Summer School

Learn English and make friends from around the world. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and picturesque city of Edinburgh.

Summer School

Bespoke Programmes for Schools and Groups

We develop bespoke courses for schools and groups, for delivery in Edinburgh, online or overseas.

Professional Training and Consultancy

Professional Training

Short courses, qualifications and bespoke training for professionals and organisations looking to up-skill and re-skill.

Professional Training and Consultancy

Teacher Training

Qualifications, bespoke training and short courses for English Language Teachers.

English Language Teacher Training