General admissions FAQs

International applicants

Undergraduate

Your CAS will be issued no sooner than three months before the official start of your programme. We will then issue your CAS as soon as we are able to, providing that you: 

  • Hold an unconditional offer
  • Have chosen us as your firm choice on UCAS
  • Have provided a clear copy of your most recent passport (we will request this through Surrey Self-Service if we do not have this already)
  • Have successfully completed the CAS request form
  • Have a valid ATAS certificate (if required).

It can take time for your deposit to clear in the University’s bank account, or for us to check your sponsor details, so please allow plenty of time.

We recommend that you do not arrange your visa appointment until you have received your CAS.

For further details, please see: Tier 4 sponsorship and CAS issuing policy for applicants.

Postgraduate and postgraduate research 

Your CAS will be issued no sooner than three months before the official start of your programme. We will then issue your CAS as soon as we are able to, providing that you: 

  • Hold an unconditional offer
  • Have firmly accepted your offer by paying your deposit (usually £2000) towards your tuition fees (or provided satisfactory evidence of sponsorship)
  • Have provided a clear copy of your most recent passport (we will request this through Surrey Self-Service if we do not have this already)
  • Have successfully completed the CAS request form
  • Have a valid ATAS certificate (if required).

It can take time for your deposit to clear in the University’s bank account, or for us to check your sponsor details, so please allow plenty of time.

We recommend that you do not arrange your visa appointment until you have received your CAS.

For further details, please see: Tier 4 sponsorship and CAS issuing policy for applicants.

In certain circumstances, we will issue a single CAS to applicants taking a pre-sessional English language course immediately before their main course of study. Please see point 11 of our Tier 4 sponsorship and CAS issuing policy for further details.

The score or level of English language required varies between courses. Please visit the individual undergraduate coursepostgraduate course or postgraduate research course pages to see specific entry requirements.

The qualifications we accept as evidence of English language ability are available on our English language requirements page.

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, we will still require suitable evidence of English language proficiency. In certain circumstances for postgraduate students, this may include previous study in the UK. Detailed information is available on our English language requirements page.

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, we will still require suitable evidence of English language. Detailed information is available on our English language requirements page.

If you intend to study on one of our pre-sessional English language courses and you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, you will usually need to provide a UKVI IELTS Academic which is a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). The grades required are detailed on our pre-sessional English pages.

If you are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree-level course, we can use our own method of assessing your language level under our Tier 4 Sponsor status. For full details of the English language qualifications we can accept, please see our international applicants pages.

If you intend to study on one of our pre-sessional English language courses and you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, you will usually need to provide a UKVI IELTS (Academic) which is a UKVI approved Secure English language Test (SELT). The grades required are detailed on our pre-sessional English pages.

If you are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree-level course, we can use our own method of assessing your language level under our Tier 4 Sponsor status. For full details of the English language qualifications we can accept, please see our international applicants pages.

You will need to retake the IELTS test until you meet the English language requirements for your chosen course. Your scores in each sub-skill need to meet the criteria, as well as the overall score.

No, we can only accept one complete IELTS result as evidence that the English language requirements have been met, so you will need to retake your IELTS.

Yes, we can consider TOEFL providing it meets the English language requirements for your chosen course. More information on TOEFL and our other English language requirements is available on our English language requirements page.

If you have taken or are taking non-UK based qualifications, please check our international students pages for information on the entry requirements from your country. If your country isn’t listed, you can contact us at admissions@surrey.ac.uk for more information.

Yes, you can choose between an International Foundation Year and an Extended International Foundation Year, on one of the following routes:

  • Business, economics, law and social sciences
  • Engineering and physical sciences
  • Life sciences.

These courses are provided by the International Study Centre and offer the opportunity to study on the University of Surrey campus. Further details, along with how to apply, are available on our University of Surrey International Study Centre pages.

Guildford School of Acting (GSA)

BA Acting and BA Musical Theatre

You are required to attend a first round audition in person either at GSA or one of the regional audition venues. All recall auditions are held here on campus in Guildford and you are expected to attend this in order to be considered for a place.

Alternatively you can attend one of our overseas auditions, which offer one round of auditions, encompassing both the first round and recall audition in one day.

BA Actor-Musician

You must attend an audition at GSA (we cannot offer auditions for this course regionally or overseas).

MA Acting and MA Musical Theatre

You must attend an audition at GSA or one of the overseas auditions (we cannot offer auditions for these courses regionally); they take place over a day in a workshop style format.

Once an application has been submitted via UCAS and received by the University, you will be asked to set up your Surrey Self-Service account and will then receive a request to pay the audition fee. Once we have processed this payment you will be able to select an audition date from the ‘events’ section of Surrey Self-Service.

The audition fee for 2018 entry is £55.

Yes.

Full details on the audition day and what to prepare (including song choice) will be available through Surrey Self-Service once you have booked an audition.

Please contact us to check whether further dates are still available. You can then decline the invitation through Surrey Self-Service and select an alternative date, or await further dates to be added. Audition dates fill up quickly so we recommend that you avoid changing dates if possible.

Once you’ve submitted your application, please contact us at admissions@surrey.ac.uk (including your UCAS personal ID number or University of Surrey number) and we will check your eligibility and let you know how to apply for the waiver.

No, if you want to be considered for next year you will need to apply during next year’s admissions cycle.

You are welcome to attend one of the overseas auditions, but if this is not possible we will be unable to consider you this year.

The audition fee is non-refundable.

The GSA building is open to visitors on our open days in June, September and October. It is closed to visitors outside of these dates due to the high number of classes that take place each day, meaning that tours would be too disruptive for the students. However, you can access the cafe on the ground floor of the building, so if you are doing a University campus tour you may like to stop by afterwards to grab a coffee and get a feeling for the place. You will often find GSA students rehearsing there so it can make for a vibrant atmosphere.

Our guided University campus tours run every Wednesday, lasting approximately one hour. They are a great opportunity to see the facilities and services we offer at the University, as well as to view some of the student accommodation on our Stag Hill campus. The tours will normally be guided by current students, who can answer questions about student life and their experiences of learning at Surrey. Take a look at our campus tours page and be sure to book your place on the tour in advance.

Academics from GSA are available during our open days in June, September and October. The high level of student contact time means that they are not available to meet with applicants at other times in the year. However, we audition every applicant for our GSA courses, so you will get to see some of the facilities and a member of staff during this process. There will not be an opportunity to discuss specific questions during your audition, but we are happy to answer any queries if you contact us at admissions@surrey.ac.uk.

You might be interested in one of our campus tours; our guided campus tours run every Wednesday and last approximately one hour. They are a great opportunity to see the facilities and services we offer at the University, and offer a chance to see a student study-bedroom. Take a look at our campus tours page and be sure to book your place on the tour in advance.

The intense nature of student tuition means that it is not possible to observe them in action on a day-to-day basis. However, GSA shows are open for public booking, so you are welcome to come and enjoy one of their shows and to see the standard of performance. Take a look at the GSA events page.

Registration and becoming a student

Joining information will be sent to you roughly four weeks before the beginning of term. Welcome week for new students takes place in the final week of September.

Welcome week for new students takes place in the final week of September and joining information will be sent to you roughly four weeks before the beginning of term.

You should keep an eye on our accommodation pages for when applications open, which is usually around March or April.

Our key dates page contains a full list of semester dates.

Our key dates page contains a full list of semester dates.

Our key dates page contains a full list of semester dates, which also include the next few years.

The main accommodation arrival date is the weekend before Induction Week. Further details on preparing for your arrival are available on our accommodation pages.

On completion of your online registration, you will be given the option to activate your SurreyLearn account.

Visiting the University

What

When

Who

Open days

The best way to see the University is to come to one of our undergraduate open days, as this will give you the chance to really get to know Surrey. You will have the opportunity to attend subject talks and tours, speak to academics, see the campus, student accommodation and Surrey Sports Park. You could also explore Guildford and the local area once you’ve finished. For more details and to book your place, take a look at our open days pages.

Before applying  Undergraduate

Applicant days

If you receive an offer during the peak undergraduate application period, you’ll be invited to an applicant day between November and April. These are another excellent way to see the University and department you will be joining. Applicant days offer many of the benefits of an open day, with the added opportunity for a more subject-specific day geared towards your particular area of study. These days are very popular so we recommend booking your place as soon as you are invited (through Surrey Self-Service) as they fill up quickly. If you have applied for one of our interviewing courses (such as music, theatre or dance related courses) you may be invited to attend an interview/applicant day which, while including a selection element such as a group or individual interview, will also give you the chance to learn more about the course, the facilities and campus, and to determine whether the course is the right choice for you.

After applying  Undergraduate

Campus tours

Our guided campus tours run every Wednesday and last approximately one hour. Take a look at our campus tours page and be sure to book your place on the tour in advance.

If you’d like to see an academic from your department of interest before or after your campus tour, please let us know what date you have booked  the tour, with as much notice as possible, so that we can try and arrange a meeting for you. Please note we are not able to guarantee a meeting, but you would be welcome to visit our Admissions Office to talk to an Admissions Adviser instead, if an academic is unavailable.

Campus tours do not include the GSA building and it is not possible to arrange a meeting with an academic from GSA. If you are a potential applicant for one of these courses you can visit the ground floor of the GSA building yourself (where there is a coffee shop) to get a feel for the place, and can arrange to meet an Admissions Adviser who can give more information about the application and audition process.

Self-guided campus tours

If you are unable to make one of our Wednesday guided campus tours, you can also do a self-guided campus tour, which will enable you to take yourself around campus. You can download the self-guided tour, or collect a printed copy of the brochure from reception on the ground floor of Senate House, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm. 

It is advisable to follow the tour between 9am and 5pm when most University facilities will be open for you to see. You won’t be able to see inside a student study bedroom on this tour, but you can download the accommodation brochure and view a virtual room tour instead. 

 Anytime  

Undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research

Visiting admissions 

The Admissions office is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. You are welcome to pop in and speak to one of our Admissions Advisers for advice on applying to Surrey or the progress of your application. We are based on the fifth floor of the Duke of Kent building, which is listed at grid reference A4 (number seven) on the campus map

We recommend that you call us beforehand if you can, to ensure that an adviser will be available for your area of study. Please note that we may not be able to answer in-depth questions about the course itself and its content. If you’d like to meet with an academic to discuss your course of interest in more detail, please contact us with as much notice as possible so that we can try and arrange a meeting for you.

 Anytime  

Undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research

We have four open days per year, usually in June, September and October. Take a look at our campus tours page and be sure to book your place on the tour in advance.

General questions

Your university number is a seven-digit number that starts with a six. You will be able to find this in the email you were sent after you submitted your application.

If you can’t find the email which has your university number, you will need to contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682 222 to confirm your details.

If you have forgotten your password you can reset it by entering your university number and date of birth.

Please click on the help button on the Surrey Self-Service log-in page, for instructions on what to do next.

The University of Surrey’s UCAS code is S85.

The University of Surrey’s UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) is 10007160.

Tariff bearing qualifications are listed on the UCAS website in their tariff tables. Many UK and international qualifications do not have UCAS points attributed to them so we are not able to advise on how many tariff points those qualifications are worth.

The University of Surrey does not make offers in terms of UCAS Tariff points, but in terms of actual grades.

The University offers free language courses through our Global Graduate Award in Languages and the programme is open to all students at the University. This allows you the opportunity to study a language alongside your main degree course. For more information please visit our Global Graduate Award pages.

Students from the Isle of Man are charged the home fee for undergraduate courses due to an agreement that the Island authorities have with the UK government. This agreement does not extend to postgraduate students, so we do charge international fees for postgraduate courses.

Our Employability and Careers Service pages offer advice on looking for jobs and careers both during and after your studies.