International Application Process

Your journey to BCU

Step 1

Apply and receive your application number

If you haven’t received an email with your application number four weeks after applying, get in touch with the international team.

How to apply

Step 2

Accept your conditional offer

Log in to your student portal to accept your conditional offer. You’ll then need to provide the documents we’ve asked for.

Accepting your offer

Step 3

Accept your unconditional offer

If you’ve provided all the documents and evidence we require, you may receive an unconditional offer. Log in to your student portal to accept this.

Student portal

Step 4

Pay your deposit

Once you’ve accepted your unconditional offer you need to pay your deposit.

How to pay

Step 5

Apply for your CAS

You need to apply for your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptances of Studies number) in order to apply for your VISA.

Getting your CAS

Step 6

Apply for your VISA

Once you’ve got your CAS you can apply for your Student Visa.

Getting your VISA

Step 7

Start thinking about accommodation

There’s a range of accommodation for you to choose from, so you’ll want to start considering your options.

How to apply

Step 8

Prepare for the UK

You might want to start planning for your arrival in the UK, including what you should bring and booking our Meet and Greet service for a ride from the airport.

Book your meet and greet

Step 9

Enrol online

You’ll receive an email asking you to enrol online around a month before you start your programme. You’ll need to do this before you can enrol in person on campus.


Step 10

Open a UK bank account

Once you’ve enrolled online and chosen a UK retail bank, you can apply for a bank account which you’ll need for your time in the UK.

Plan your finances

Step 11

International Orientation Week

If you hopefully get your VISA in time, you’ll be able to join us for our International Activities Week in January, where you’ll be able to start making friends and get to know the city and campus.

Step 12

Think about part time work

You might want to think about earning extra money and gaining experience during your time in the UK. We have plenty of services available to help you find work or experience or even get a job on campus.

Earn while you learn
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