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The University of Southampton

International students

Our University is a place of inclusion and opportunity, where your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We're looking forward to welcoming you to our community, and supporting you with any questions or concerns you might have.

Travelling to the University

We recommend that before you travel you refer to the UK Government guidelines for the latest information on safe travel. You can find guidance on travelling to the University on the UK Government website.

Vaccine Information for International Students

The Department for Health and Social Care have provided full guidance on vaccinations and international students, including self-isolating for fully vaccinated students. Please take the time to read and familiarise yourself with this guidance.

International students and vaccine recognition Q&A

Your visa

To find out more about applying for your visa, you may find the below websites useful:

GOV.UK has step-by-step guidance on applying for a Student Visa whether you’re outside or inside the UK.

We can also help you with guidance about applying for a Student Visa. To find out more, or book an appointment, please contact our VISAS team.

Set up a UK bank account

You’ll need to make sure you have a bank account set up before you arrive, if possible. Many banks have updated their application process and will accept applications from international students before arrival.

We are asking that payments on our campuses are cashless to help keep our community safe. Google Pay and Apple Pay are great ways to keep cashless too, make sure you have set these up on your devices.

If you are travelling to the UK to study, we recommend setting this up from your home country and checking it works before you travel.

If you need ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) approval for your course

Your offer letter will say whether you need ATAS approval. You’ll need to get approval before applying for your visa. Check if you need ATAS approval and apply here.

Language requirements

We understand that many students will not have been able to take their English language tests due to coronavirus. The full list of accepted English language qualifications is available on our English language proficiency tests pages.

Students who do not meet our English language proficiency requirements might also consider our pre-sessional language courses which are available from May – September each year.

Additional questions

Additional information can be found on our new students' FAQs.

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