International Students

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

1. English Language Requirement for International Students from non-EU Countries

If you are an international student and will require a Tier 4 Visa in order to stay in the UK, you will have to pass an approved Secure English Language Test in your home country and present this evidence with your application documents. Prospective international students who are applying for courses at RQF or QCF levels 4 and 5 must ensure they are competent in the English language at a minimum level B1 on the CEFR. This is equivalent to an IELTS for UKVI Test score of 4.0 (Listening: 4.0; Speaking: 4.0; Reading: 4.0; Writing: 4.0).

Prospective international students applying for a course at degree level or on our QCF level 5 Diploma in Education and Training must demonstrate an English language efficiency at a minimum Level B2 on CEFR. This is equivalent to IELTS for UKVI Test Score of 5.5 (Listening: 5.5; Speaking: 5.5 Reading: 5.5; Writing: 5.5).

As these tests are not conducted by LSME, prospective students must contact their respective local centres to arrange a suitable date and time for the test and ensure the results are available before they apply to LSME.

Candidates who are nationals from countries classed as ‘majority English- speaking’ Countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America are exempted from the minimum English language requirement.

2. Application Processing

This policy outlines the processing of all applications submitted to the School. The Admission Team will consider all applications and make three possible decisions:

  • The applicant meets the minimum entry requirements and is eligible for an initial assessment and interview.
  • The applicant meets the minimum entry requirements but will need to submit additional supporting documents. An initial assessment and interview will be arranged.
  • The applicant does not meet the minimum entry requirements and does not merit an interview or an initial assessment. The admission team will convey the decision for rejection to the applicant indicating the reasons for rejection (e.g. qualification is below the required level or low English Language test score).

3. Initial Assessment

Learners will undergo an online initial assessment in Numeracy and Literacy conducted by LSME to ascertain their proficiency in functional skills prior to their interview.

Prospective candidates applying for Teacher Training and any qualification above Level 5 must pass these tests at the top end of CEFR Level B2 and demonstrate an in-depth proficiency in academic writing in order to be considered for an interview.

Prospective candidates applying for a Level 5 or lower level qualifications must pass these tests at least at the lower end of CEFR Level B2 and demonstrate an ability to write maturely in order to be considered for an interview.

International students who have met the English Language requirement in section b. or are exempted from this test are required to take the initial assessment test and demonstrate an in-depth proficiency in writing by submitting a written personal statement. LSME will arrange a venue and date for your initial assessment test.

4. Interview

The admission team will arrange a time and date with you to carry out an interview if you have met the minimum entry requirement and English language requirement for your chosen course.

The interviewer will assess if

  • Your appearance is the same as that of the photo on the passport copy submitted with the application form;
  • Your level of English (speaking and listening) is good enough to cope with the lectures and course delivery methods used at LSME;
  • Your knowledge and understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject appear to match the impression given by your qualifications and application form;
  • You can adhere to the attendance and coursework submission requirements which determine your potential to succeed in a chosen programme;
  • Your actual or expected academic or professional qualifications and grades are adequate;
  • Your relevant work experience will add some value to your training;
  • Your personal statement of purpose is relevant to the chosen programme.

A Skype interview will be arranged for prospective international students who are abroad. Otherwise, all interviews will be conducted face-to-face. The interviewers will complete a checklist when making decisions on applicants. The checklist records detail of what was discussed, work experience, personal interest, attendance, work placement arrangements, dependents, child care arrangements and general comments.

Skype Interviews

LSME will organise a venue and time for your Skype interview.

The interview willbe recorded and saved to a secure server as evidential proof.

  • A screenshot of you will be taken and stored on the electronic student database.
  • Any written or typed information – as part of the process will be printed and kept on record for evidential purposes.
  • A standard form with a checklist of questions will be kept for each Skype interview and the script will be given to youto read and approve as part of the recorded interview.
  • You will also be asked about their dependents and plans for the family, finances and their return to their Home country after their studies.

For further details on Skype interviews READ MORE

Face-to face-interviews

These will be conducted for all prospective international students who are in the UK.

  • Any written or typed information – as part of the process must be printed and kept on record for evidential purposes.
  • A standard form with a checklist of questions should be kept for each interview and the script must be given to the candidate to read and approve as part of the recorded interview.
  • International students MUST be asked about dependents and plans for family, finances and their return to their Home country after their studies

For further details on Face-to-Face interviews READ MORE

5. Decision

The admission team will make a decision on your application after the interview. There are three possible outcomes:

i. Conditional Offer – The team believes that you are ready to start on the chosen course provided certain conditions are met. These conditions can include passing a pre-sessional course in English to move your proficiency in English from CEFR Level B1 to B2 or submitting additional documents. When the conditions are met, the unconditional offer letter will be issued. The terms and conditions developed in line with the guidelines from the Competitions and Marketing Authoritywill be made clear to you in your conditional offer letter

ii. Unconditional Offer – The team is satisfied that you are ready to start on your chosen course having met all the relevant conditions. You will be issued an unconditional offer letter. The offer letters will include a statement on the chosen programme, start date, finish date, awarding body, place of study, tuition fee, mode of study together with the student contract terms and conditions if this was not issued initially.

iii. Rejection – The team is not satisfied with your ability to successfully study on your chosen course.  The Admissions team will indicate the reason for the decision (e.g. academic grades too low, course not suitable or team is not convinced of the applicant’s intention to study and comply with relevant requirements etc.). A member of the admission team will convey the decision of rejection to the applicant. An applicant could however be offered further advice on alternative courses that may be suitable for their circumstances. If the applicant has listed other course choices, the application may be considered for the next choice of course.

6. Acceptance

Applicants must read the terms and conditions and accept or reject any offer within two weeks of receiving the offer letter.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK must pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fee for the first year of their study within 2 weeks of accepting the offer. A payment plan will be agreed for the rest of the tuition fee which must be settled within 3 months of the course start date.

International students must demonstrate they have enough money for the living expenses for the duration of their stay in UK. It is estimated that the monthly living expenses in London is £1265 per calendar month.

A Confirmation of Acceptance to Study letter (CAS) will be issued for international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. This will only be done after payment of the initial tuition fee deposit and have shown evidence of adequate funding for their maintenance while in the UK as well as how the remainder of the tuition fees will be settled. The evidence of adequate funding could be in the form of recent bank statements or payslips of the applicant or that of their sponsors.

You will need a Tier 4 Student VISA if:

You are a national of one of the countries listed on the Visa and Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) nationals page on the UKVISAS website www.ukvisas.gov.uk or You are stateless (you don’t have a nationality) or You hold a non-national travel document or You hold a passport issued by an authority that is not recognised in the UK.

The UK Border Agency’s Points-Based System (PBS) has made the study visa process a lot smoother and more predictable than before. Tier 4 visa applications are now assessed using points.

The Tier 4 (Study Visa) category is specifically designed to be fair, transparent and objective, to enable potential migrants to the UK to assess their likelihood of making a successful application. This means that it should help to reduce the number of failed applications and provide some level of certainty and assurance prior to making a study visa application.

You need 40 points to be able to apply for a student visa. You will need to provide the evidence needed with your visa application form. In order to be considered for a Tier 4 visa, you need to demonstrate that you have access to your full tuition fee and living expenses in London for up to a maximum of 9 months as shown in the table below.  This will give you 10 points. There are strict guidelines on sources and evidence of funds that are permissible by the UKVI. Some of the approved sources and evidence of funds for your course includes:

  • Personal bank or building society statements
  • Building society pass book
  • Letter from a financial institution confirming funds
  • Letter from a financial institution confirming a loan
  • Letter from a bank or building society confirming funds
  • Money held by your parent(s) or legal guardian

For more information, please visit: http://www.UKVI.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/quickguidefor student/adultstudents/applyingforanadultstudentvisa/. This means you must have:

  1. Paid LSME at least 50% of your tuition, plus;
  2. Proved that you have £11850.00 (£1265 x 9 months) in cleared funds PLUS any amount still unpaid to LSME [from 1 above] as tuition fee for the first year of your course in order to be considered for a Tier 4 students visa.
Length of course Where you will study Money required
Nine months or less London £1265  for each calendar month of the course
More than 9 months London £11,385 (£1265/month up to a maximum of 9 months)
Points Points Awarded for Evidence Needed
30 Doing a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider (also known as sponsorship) A confirmation of acceptance for studies reference  number issued by your approved education provider(see below), and the documents used to obtain it.
10 Having enough money to cover your course fees and living costs (also known as maintenance) Bank statement or letter confirming that you have enough money to cover your course fees and living
costs for a given period.
You must be able to prove that the money has been available in your account for 28 days before the date
when you apply

You must be able to show that you have been accepted on a course of study at an educational establishment, which is approved by the UKVI for Tier 4 student visa such as LSME. This will score you a 30 points.

You must also be able to show that you are going to follow a recognised full-time degree course, a full-time course at an independent fee-paying school, or, as will be the case for your programme of study at LSME, a course run during the week involving at least 15 hours of organised daytime study each week.

LSME welcomes students from all countries of the world. It is important that, if you are considering studying with us, you follow the correct immigration procedure for the UK. All students requiring admission to LSME must be: Be over 18 years of age at the time of application. Competent in English Language at a competency level permitted by the UKVI meet all other requirements under the Points Based System (PBS-Tier 4) of the UKVI.

International students will need to obtain a Tuberculosis certificate if you will be staying in the U.K. for over 6 months and have been present in one of the countries listed in the link below for more than six months immediately prior to your application.

For further information on TB certificate, please visit GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where- youneed-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk.

Students from the EU should have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles you to free NHS treatment.

If you are a non-EEA students studying on courses of less than 6 months’ duration, you are not eligible for free NHS treatment and must take out private health insurance for your duration of stay in the UK.

If you are a Non-EEA students studying on courses longer than 6 months, you are required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge to benefit from free NHS treatment. The surcharge is paid as part of your visa application and costs £150 per year (this also includes £150 for each dependant). For further information and to pay the fee, please visit:

https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/payment/start

Please refer to the UKCISA website for more information.

1. Arriving in the UK

International Students should aim to arrive a few days before enrolment in order to familiarise themselves with the College and local surroundings and have time to rest before term begins.

Prior to your arrival in the UK, there are some essential details which have to be arranged to make your journey as worry free and easy as possible. You will need to have made arrangements for where you will be living when you arrive and also transportation from the airport upon arrival.

We can help with this but before we can do anything, we require a certain amount of important information from you. Please contact our student support team at info@lsme.ac.uk. We need to receive a request from you at least five working days prior to your arrival in the UK. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us either via email or by telephone.

2. Airport Transfer

The College can arrange for students to be met at their airport of arrival. We then transfer you directly, either to your student accommodation or to your host family. An additional cost is involved for airport pickups. Airport collection varies in price according to how long you are kept in Immigration. Since the driver must be paid for his waiting time, andstudents are often in Immigration queues for two hours or more, it is not unusual for the final bill to be in excess of £150.

3. Police Registration

If you are a national of a non-Commonwealth country, intending to stay for more than 6 months, you may have an endorsement in your passport requiring you to register with the police within seven days of your arrival in the UK. Nationals of the following countries are usually required to register with the police: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, PR China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea (North), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

4. Registration with a General Practice (GP) Surgery

International students are advised to register with their local GPs as soon as they arrive in the country. GPs are your first point of contact with the NHS as they provide primary health care services to the general public. In order to do so, visit a local GP surgery in your area and enquire about the registration conditions. For further advice and guidance on how to maintain a good health and for student support in general please visit https://lsme.ac.uk/students/student-support