Information for International Students in the UK

If you are currently in the UK either doing pre-degree programme or your bachelor's degree, you’ll find all the information you need to start your journey with us.

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With students from over 130 countries and a thriving international community, Goldsmiths provides a welcoming and broad-minded environment for studying in London. We have an excellent track record of producing graduates of outstanding calibre who make a global name for themselves in their chosen industries.

We have plenty of support on offer for international students, from English language preparation to help finding work experience, and have superb industry links and a strong reputation with employers. 


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  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:


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  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: 


English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes. Find out more about our English language requirements. Please note students who have previously studied a recognised Bachelors or Masters degree in the UK will not require IELTS.


For direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes, you’ll need A-levels, an International Baccalaureate or a recognised Foundation course. Please see individual programme pages for specific entrance requirements.

We work very closely with some foundation providers and the following foundation will be recognised as a suitable pathway to our undergraduate degrees.

  1. Abbey Colleges and DLD Colleges
  2. Bellerbys Colleges
  3. CATS Colleges, Cambridge Education Group
  4. ONCAMPUS London, Cambridge Education Group
  5. David Game
  6. EF
  7. INTO
  8. Kings Education

We regularly visit these colleges to speak to prospective students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jake Longley for more information.     

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.

If you have not met our entry requirements, you could consider our Pre-masters Pathways. We also recognise external pathway providers’ Pre-masters on a case by case basis.

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.


Find out more about our fees

Scholarships and bursaries 

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

External funding sources

Visit our external funding sources page for information about other organisations that offer funding to international students.


Find out more about applying for a visa.

We visit schools and colleges in the UK on a regular basis.  Please refer to our international visit page for more information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jake Longley.

As you are already in the UK, why not come to one of our open days to get a real taste of the university. If you cannot make it, we also offer a range of virtual open days.

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