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Here’s our guide to studying at Goldsmiths for students from India. You'll be able to find everything from completing your application to adjusting to life in the UK. We currently have 45 Indian students studying at Goldsmiths.

Our Indian graduates work in a diverse range of industries and for a whole host of companies. Examples of employees include the Natural History Museum, The Times, India Art Fair, VICE, Guardian and India Express.

How to apply

Undergraduate

You make your application through UCAS, an online application system. The system allows you to choose up to five different universities and apply with one application.

Applications open on 1 September for entry the following September. The normal closing date is 15 January, but some courses will accept applications until 30 June. You are advised to apply as early as possible as courses have limited places.

You should refer to individual programme pages to see whether your course has any additional application requirements. Applications are usually assessed within two months and can be managed online via UCAS.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video:

Postgraduate

For the majority of postgraduate programmes you can apply via our website. Simply click the ‘apply now’ button on your chosen programme page. Some programmes have different application procedures, so always check the programme page before making your application.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video: 

What to include in your application

As well as information about your education history, and the course you’re choosing, you’ll also need to provide a personal statement as part of your application. This is your chance to explain how your academic experience is relevant to the course you want to study. You’ll also have an opportunity to tell us about relevant extracurricular activities you’ve taken part in and how they make you stand out.

Find out more about what to include in your personal statement at undergraduate and postgraduate level:

 

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

We accept the following Indian qualifications:

•    Higher Secondary School Certificate at Standard XII from either CBSE, CISCE/ICSE and Metro state boards
•    Diploma (2-4 years) from a Polytechnic/College of Technology/Professional Institute

When we consider your application we’ll assess your test scores and academic grades alongside your personal statement, reference letter and extracurricular activities.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate taught
For entry to postgraduate programmes you will normally need a Bachelors degree in relevant subject. Refer to individual course pages to see whether there are any additional application requirements.

Research degrees
You will normally need to have completed a Masters degree in a subject relevant to your proposed postgraduate study. There may also be other specific entrance requirements. You can refer to individual course pages to find out what these are.

Programmes for international students

We offer courses that have been specifically designed for international students. You may want to consider these if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. These will help you with your English language and academic skills and are run by our English Language Centre.

Find out more about the courses we offer.

Study Abroad

Normally, you will need to have been attending university for at least 1 year. Find out more about the programme on our Study Abroad pages.

Fees and funding

Fees

Find out more about our fees for 2016-17.

Scholarships and bursaries

Goldsmiths has announced five new funding opportunities for Indian students in collaboration with the British Council, India as part of the GREAT Scholarships campaign. Students can apply for fee waivers worth £5,000 for undergraduate and postgraduate courses for 2017 entry.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants can apply for this opportunity once an offer of a place to study at Goldsmiths is accepted.
  • Awards will be based on a combination of academic merit and the information given on the application form.
  • Students must be applying for one of the following courses:
    • MA Design: Expanded Practice
    • BSc Computer Science
    • Postgraduate programmes in Psychology
    • Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Management

This funding opportunity is available to students for the first year of study only

To be considered for this funding opportunity, please complete our online application form.

The application deadline is 31 May 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on 2 June 2017.

Email India country manager Stephen Pigott on s.pigott@gold.ac.uk if you have any queries. 

Goldsmiths also has a series of scholarships for international students applying for postgraduate and research programmes.  If you’re an alumni you may also be eligible for discounted fees. For further information, please see our International Scholarships.

Adenauer Fellowship

This scholarship is offered to Postgraduate students from certain countries across Asia. The funding includes a grant of €500 and tuition fee funding up to €6,000. Find out more about the Adenauer Fellowship.

Visas

Find out more about applying for a visa.

Visiting your country

The International team visits India regularly to take part in higher education events, deliver presentations, interview potential applicants and catch up with local alumni. If you’re unable to visit Goldsmiths in person then these events are your chance to meet us in your home country. See our list of international events for more details.

Can’t make these dates? We also run regular online events, including webinars, virtual tours and chat sessions.

Agents in India

We work with several agents in India who can give you information about studying at Goldsmiths and help you with the application process. See our list of representatives for more details.

Adjusting to life in the UK

There is a sizeable and vibrant Indian community in London. Generally international students find it easy to transition to life in London, but if you’re struggling then we can offer a whole range of support. This includes PAL (our student led mentor scheme), and our on-site Careers Service and Counselling Service. Find out more about the support we offer.

Take a look at how some of our students have adjusted to life in the UK:

Healthcare

You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with a local GP. The nearest hospital is Lewisham hospital.

Feeling homesick?

Food and drink
Indian food is readily available in UK supermarkets, and curries have been adopted as an English national dish. If you’re after something specialist then there are a number of Indian grocery shops close to campus, mainly concentrated around the Brick Lane area in East London. You can reach Brick Lane in around 15 minutes on the Overground from New Cross or New Cross Gate stations.

Time Out London also has a list of the best Indian restaurants in London.

Celebrations
London caters for members of all faiths, and celebrates all of the major religious festivals, including those from the Hindu culture.

Read stories from our Indian students

 

Sarnath

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"Goldsmiths is always electric, with so many ideas floating around, and it was easy to catch one and pursue it for a while."

"The course is a nice hybrid that had elements of both theory and practice. Goldsmiths is always electric, with so many ideas floating around, and it was easy to catch one and pursue it for a while. I enjoyed the lectures, seminars, peer-to-peer interactions and occasional drinks with the tutors. The whole course had a nice balance of old and very new ways of thinking, which is rarer than you’d think. Having a degree orientates your thinking in a certain way and gives you a kind of quiet self-confidence and access to a vast network of people. Being a Goldsmiths graduate undeniably has a certain cultural cachet, but that’s just a cosmetic reason to go to an institution. For me, it was the inner Goldsmiths life that was more important in terms of what I ended up doing."

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