International applicants

Find out about applying for a visa or ATAS certificate and learn more about Surrey's English language requirements for international students.

Entry requirements

If you are studying for qualifications in your own country, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses.

View entry requirements for students from:

Search for entry requirements for your country if your country isn't in this list.

English language requirements

All our students need a good standard of English language to be eligible to study with us. See our accepted list of English language qualifications, visit our undergraduatepostgraduate taught and postgraduate research listings pages, and find your chosen course to view our specific requirements.

If you don’t meet our requirements, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies. We are also a British Council accredited IELTS test centre. ​​​​​​

International pathway programmes

Please note that if you do not meet the requirements for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you may be  eligible to apply for an international pathway programme at the University of Surrey International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree-level study at the University of Surrey.


To study at the University of Surrey, international students require a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Tier 4 is the student tier of the Points Based System for immigration (PBS), operated by the Home Office.

To apply for a Tier 4 visa you must: 

  • Have been offered a place on a course
  • Be from a country that is not in the European Economic Areas (EEA) or Switzerland
  • Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand English

Learn more about applying for a visa.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

Once you have been offered an unconditional place on one of our programmes, we will issue you with a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will need to enter this number on to your visa application. 

Learn more about obtaining a CAS.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

You may need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in order to study certain subjects in the UK.

Students applying for postgraduate study in certain sensitive subjects, knowledge of which could be used in programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their means of delivery, will need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can study in the UK. 

If you are a UK, EEA or Swiss national you do not need to apply for an ATAS certificate. 

Learn more about applying for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

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