Find out about applying for a visa or ATAS certificate and learn more about Surrey's English language requirements for international students.
If you are studying for qualifications in your own country, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses.
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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 undergraduate, postgraduate 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
If you do not meet the requirements for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you may be eligible to apply for an university 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.
International applicants can study one of the following International Foundation Year programmes to prepare for the first year of an undergraduate degree:
- Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences Foundation Year
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Year
- Life Sciences Foundation Year
International applicants can study one of the following Pre-Masters programmes to prepare for a postgraduate degree:
- Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Pre-Masters programme
- Engineering Pre-Masters programme
- Health and Medical Sciences Pre-masters programme
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.
- Visit our international pre-departure guide for information for international students with an offer to study at Surrey.