International students can submit their applications directly to EThames Graduate School by emailing their completed documents to email@example.com. They can also submit their application via one of the EThames Regional Offices or via one of our Educational Representatives. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of your nearest representative. International students who are already in the UK can submit their application in person to the Gants Hill Campus or via email to email@example.com. The EThames application form can be downloaded from our website www.etgs.org,uk.
The following documentation is required with all applications:
- A fully completed and signed EThames Graduate School Application Form
- Copies of all academic documentation, including high/secondary school transcripts and diplomas, any higher education transcripts and diplomas, and all professional qualifications. European/International students must provide all documents in the original language and also officially translated into English, where applicable
- A copy of their passport/ID card
- Students applying for undergraduate studies must supply 2 academic references
- Students applying for postgraduate studies must supply 2 academic references and 1 employment reference, listing job related responsibilities (if relevant)
- A written statement of purpose explaining why they wish to study the programme they have applied for and should include;
- A summary of their current and/or recent job responsibilities
- Why they are applying for this particular programme at this point in their career
- How they see the programme in relation to their continuing personal/professional development
- How they believe the programme will benefit their organisation.
- A copy of their CV
Students applying for one of the EThames Top-Up degree programmes, must also complete the relevant university’s application form for their assessment and confirmation of acceptance.
Students will receive a conditional letter of acceptance within 7 working days of receipt of their application providing their application is accompanied by all the required supporting documentation (as listed above), and that they are eligible for the programme they have applied for.
Applying for a Visa
Students who are a resident of one the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) or a Swiss national will need to apply for a Student Tier 4 VISA before coming to study in the UK (Visitor’s VISAs are not acceptable).
To obtain a Student Tier 4 VISA the following steps must be made:
- Receive an EThames Unconditional Offer letter quoting a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number. The CAS number is a reference for the students details held on the UKBA Sponsorship Management System.
- Complete a VISA Application Form in two parts downloaded from www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk.
Submit the completed Visa Application Form with the correct CAS Number, along with the following documentation:
- Unconditional Offer Letter with CAS Number issued by EThames
- Relevant Education Qualifications Certificates as listed in the EThames CAS Statement
- English Proficiency Certificate (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL)
- Proof of Financial Status:
Prospective students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support their fee payments and living expenses (maintenance fees) during their course. Students should provide either a recent bank statement in their own name, or if they are sponsored by a parent or legal guardian, must provide their sponsors bank statement, together with documentation to prove their sponsor is a parent or legal guardian (e.g. birth certificate) and letter comfirmation Sponsorship. The UKBA consider sufficient maintenance funds to be £7,200 plus the remainder of any tuition fees outstanding. These funds must have been in the students or sponsors bank account for not less than of 28 days before the application is submitted.
- If necessary attend an appointment at the British Embassy/High Commission.
More advice about studying in the UK can be obtained from the following organisations:
The UK Border Agency
The UK Border Agency is responsible for securing the UK borders and controlling migration in the UK. They manage border control for the UK, enforcing immigration and customs regulations. They also consider applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK. Their website is http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.
You can get more advice and information about visas from: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
The British Council
The British Council provides information to help international students prepare for study in the UK. Their website is http://www.britishcouncil.org.
In the event of being refused a visa, a student can either appeal and defer to the next semester, or defer to the next semester and reapply for their VISA or request a refund.
If a student requires a refund due to a rejected VISA they must immediately contact the college at firstname.lastname@example.org request a copy of the Refund Request Form.
The prices for all courses are published on the EThames Graduate School website (www.etgs.org.uk). The fees quoted on the EThames website do not include the costs of accommodation, food, travel, books or living expenses. Please also note that fees for International and UK/EU students are different.
It is important that prospective students read the payment of Fees Terms and Conditions section on the EThames website. EThames Graduate School reserves the right to change fees as and when deemed necessary.
Where an international student fails to secure a Tier 4 VISA, EThames will refund their fees minus a £100 administrative charge. However, fees will not be refunded after a student has been granted a Tier 4 visa to study at EThames.
- Coming all the way from Turkey, I was at first apprehensive of studying in a different country with new cultures and new way of life. But I was in for a pleasant surprise the moment I entered EThames Graduate School. Not only did I immediately feel at home, but the staff went out of their way to ensure I was well settled.