How to Apply

Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to develop personally and professionally, and we are delighted you are considering joining Goldsmiths for a semester or a full year.

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This page provides information on how to submit a Study Abroad application.  

If you have any questions please contact the team at studyabroad(

How to apply for Study Abroad

Please use our application form to apply for the Goldsmiths Study Abroad programme.

You cannot save your progress, so makes sure you have all your supporting documents to hand before you start your application.

We are currently accepting applications to start in January 2021.

Covid-19 Update

If you have any difficulty obtaining the required documents due to the current situation please email the study abroad team.

Goldsmiths will be delivering teaching and learning in the autumn term, whilst putting in place measures to manage the ongoing risks from coronavirus. More information is available on our coronavirus webpage.

We are also offering flexible deferral options. If you receive an offer of study to start in September 2020 you can defer this to January or September 2021 by emailing studyabroad (

Application deadlines

ProgrammeEntry dateApplication deadline
Autumn Semester only (2020) September 2020 30 July 2020
Full academic year (2020-21) September 2020 30 July 2020
Spring semester only (2021) January 2021 15 November 2020

Supporting documents

You will need to upload the following documents in your application form to the Goldsmiths Study Abroad programme.




Please submit a transcript from your current undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Study Abroad/International Office Student Reference Form

Your study abroad advisor needs to complete and sign the reference form. If you are having trouble accessing this form, please email studyabroad ( This form can be completed digitally.


Only applicable if you are applying for either our Art or Design programmes.

English language certificate

If English is not your native language and you are not studying at a US institution you will need an English language certificate to study with us.

IELTS scores (or another English language certificate) are not required if the student is currently studying at a US institution as they have already been evaluated on their level of English proficiency by the home institution. 

IELTS requirement for undergraduate study: 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

IELTS requirement for postgraduate study: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0

If you don't reach these requirements we offer pre-sessional English programmes to help you improve your English language skills. Find out more about our Pre-sessional courses.

We accept a wide range of English Language certificates as well as IELTS. For a full list of acceptable alternative English Language qualifications please visit our Alternative English Language Requirements page.

We don’t require an academic reference at the point of application. We may contact you directly to request an academic reference if we have any questions about your academic standing.

Art/Design Applicants

If you would like to apply for the Art or Design Study Abroad programmes you must specify this on page two of the application form. You must also upload a portfolio on page three. Further supporting documents may be requested once your application has been submitted.

Please note that the Fine Art programme is only available for the full academic year. The Design programme can be taken for a single term or for the full year. 

Further information about the Art and Design programmes is available on our programme structure page.

Receiving your offer

You will normally hear back from us within three weeks, although processing time may be longer during busy periods.

If your application is successful, you will be sent an official offer letter by email. Please read this thoroughly and follow the instructions.