Information for students from Syria

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

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Please note, if you would like to apply for an undergraduate degree from within Syria, you will be unable to apply through UCAS due to a restriction imposed by one of UCAS's technology suppliers based in the USA.

To apply, please instead use the online application form below.

If you are a resident of the Crimea Region/Sevastopol, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, or Syria but are applying from a different location you will not be affected and can still register and apply through UCAS as normal.

Applications open on 1 September for entry the following September. The normal closing date is 26 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.


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.

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 our fees.


Scholarships and bursaries

Said Foundation Scholarship

Students from JordanLebanonPalestine, and Syria are able to apply for fully-funded scholarships which include tuition fees, full maintenance/living costs for the duration of their course, an arrival allowance, visa and healthcare surcharge fees, and one economy return flight.

Applications for 2023/24 scholarships are now closed. Check back in the Autumn for information about next year's scholarships.

Find out more about how to apply for the Said Foundation Scholarship.

Goldsmiths Scholarships

Goldsmiths 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 use our scholarships finder.

London has a long-standing Iranian community and this means that international students generally find it easy to transition to life in the city. However, 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.


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
Basic Iranian ingredients can be bought in the larger UK supermarkets but if you’re after something specialist then try Persepolis - a deli and café which specialises in Iranian ingredients. It’s in Peckham, a 15 minute bus ride from campus.

Fancy eating out? The Guardian has a list of their favourite Iranian restaurants in London, and Time Out has a list of the best places to get Middle Eastern food.

London caters for members of all faiths, and celebrates all of the major religious festivals, including Eid. It is home to the largest mosque in Western Europe, The Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London.

Islamic Society
Goldsmiths Students’ Union has an Islamic Society which hosts events including friday prayers, weekly circles, an Islamic Awareness Week and an annual dinner.

Middle Eastern and North African Society
Goldsmiths has a Middle Eastern and North African Society that promotes the region’s culture through events, parties, film screenings and performances.  It’s also a great place to connect with fellow Iranian students.

Find out more about applying for a visa.

We regularly host open days and campus tours

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