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The University of Southampton

International students and language requirements

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.

Your visa

Some visa application centres are now resuming their services.

To find out whether visa application centres are open in your country:

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

We can also help you with guidance about applying for a Student Visa.

To find out more, please contact our Student Admissions team.

Set up a bank account

Along with many other shops and services throughout the UK, we’re making our campuses cash-free to improve safety. You’ll need to set up a bank account as soon as possible so you can easily make payments on our campuses and elsewhere.

You’ll need to show your visa to open an account, applications can be completed online.

If you need approval from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme

Your offer letter will say whether you need this approval. You’ll need to get approval before applying for your visa. Check if you need approval from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme and apply

If you need to defer your start date

We may have already offered you a January 2021 start date if you’re a postgraduate student. You can also defer until September 2021. You’ll need to check your English language qualification is still valid if you need one. Contact to discuss deferring.

Contact us if you have any concerns about your visa:

Language requirements

We understand that some people will not have been able to take their IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests due to coronavirus.

We will accept the following online English language tests this year:

We’ll email you with instructions on how to take the test.

Find out more about English language proficiency tests and our pre-sessional language courses.

What to do if you’re deferring the start of your course

You may need to take a new English language test if you choose to defer (postpone) your start date. Your test must be less than 2 years old on the first day of your course.

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