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Getting ready to study at the University of Gloucestershire – international students

Last updated: 9 August 2023

Before you arrive

After you have accepted an offer to study at the University of Gloucestershire, there are some things you’ll need to do before you get here. These may include applying for a visa, paying your tuition fees, and booking accommodation, and you’ll find more information on these topics below.

Pay your Advance tuition fee

Students who require a student visa to come to the UK are required to pay an Advanced Tuition Fee of £3,000. This deposit secures your place, ensures we can process your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), and it goes toward your first year of tuition fees. Therefore your tuition fees owed at the point of enrolment will be total fees less your deposit paid and less any grant/scholarship you receive.

There are a number of ways you can pay your tuition fees. Find out more at our How to pay page.

Students who do not require a student visa will not have to pay a tuition deposit.

Request a CAS for your visa application

If you require a student visa, you’ll need request a CAS by completing a form and sending it to our immigration team.

A CAS is your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, a unique sponsorship code that you get from the university to confirm your student status for your visa application. Find out more about requesting a CAS and download a request form.

Please note: we can only issue a CAS once you have accepted your unconditional offer to study at the University of Gloucestershire, and you have paid your £3,000 Advance Tuition Fee payment.

Apply for your visa

Students who require a visa to study in the UK can find out more about the application process by visiting the Visas and immigration page.

Make your funding arrangements

Funding your studies

We offer a range of grants and scholarships for international students, please see our funding page for more information.

Check your In Your Country page, for more funding for your country and talk to your representative or agent for more information on funding options.

Paying your fees and accessing your money in the UK

Arrange your UK currency and banking plans ready for your departure, if possible. You can also set up a bank account in the UK on arrival, with support from our Student Services team (you may need a letter from the University confirming your student status and local address). The UK is primarily a credit/ debit card transaction society; however, cash is still widely accepted but many businesses have become card preferential due to the COVID-19 crisis. Having access to a card that works in the UK is highly recommended.

Your tuition fees will be required to be paid in order to enrol, unless you are a sponsored student. You will need to ensure that you are able to pay your tuition and accommodation fees when you arrive in the UK. Instalments and direct debit options are available, please see our Tuition Fees and Bursary Policy 2022-23 for detailed payment requirements for international fee payers.

Research and book accommodation

International students are welcome to live in university halls of residence during their first year of study. Halls are also available to returning international students each year. Alternatively, you can find private accommodation with a landlord or letting agent from the university-approved Private Housing list. Find out more about all your options by visiting the Accommodation pages.

Accommodation guarantee

International students are guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence during their first year of study if they firmly accept an offer, pay their tuition fee deposit and apply for accommodation by 25 August 2023. Find out more by visiting our Halls of Residence page.   

Prepare border documents for UK entry

Documentation may be required at the border when you arrive in the UK, including official copies of your qualifications, finances and your health or vaccination certificates. Check for guidance on the UK government student visa pages. Our Immigration Team can also help you identify which documents you need to carry with you.


Download the MyGlos app – the single location for induction and course information, schedules and timetables, news, event details, enrolment and arranging for your student ID card. MyGlos can also be accessed through a browser as an alternative to the app.

Make your travel arrangements

Check the international students section of MyGlos for recommendations for travel from major airports. Please ensure your travel and accommodation is booked prior to departing your country.   

Join our pre-departure events

At our pre-departure virtual briefing webinars, you can meet support teams, ask questions and learn about next steps. The International Team, Immigration Team, Accommodation Team, Income Team, and Admissions Team will be on-hand to help ensure you’re ready to travel to the UK to start your course. We also offer a range of live chats, webinars and drop-in events. Visit the International events page to find out more.

Other things to do before you arrive

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