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Pre-arrival, Visas And Support


Pre-Arrival Information

Before making your travel plans to the UK, please read our pre-arrival guide.

Visas and Support

At Leeds Beckett we can provide support and advice about many issues which may affect you as an international student - our International Student Advice Service (ISAS) has offices at both our Headingley and City campuses.

Here are just a few of the things we can help you with:

Our advice is available free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Border Agency.

Contact the team

Contact the International Advice Service Team:

Please find more information on our factsheets below:

Immigration - The Journey Starts Here PDF

Applying for a Visa Extension PDF

How to obtain a Visa

The UK Government introduced the Points Based System (PBS) of immigration for students. You will need to prove that you have the required number of points in order to make an application for your visa. You need to have 40 points altogether; 30 of these are obtained by providing a visa letter from Leeds Beckett University; the remaining 10 points are obtained by proving that you have the correct finances to support your study and your living and accommodation costs.



International FAQs

Do I need to attend an interview?
Certain courses require an interview as part of the entrance requirements. This information is detailed in the course requirements section of the Online Prospectus. Please note: You will be required to evidence your English language ability through one of the qualifications listed in our University entrance requirements. This cannot be met through interview alone.
How do I meet other International students?
Leeds Beckett International Mentors; this programme gives new students the opportunity to make new friends quickly and to benefit from the support and advice of current students keen to share their experience. For more details, please email Kathryn Firth.
What do I need to bring with me to the UK?

Once you have confirmed your place at Leeds Beckett University you need to make sure you have secured sufficient funding for the duration of the course. When you apply for entry clearance or a visa, you will be required to prove that you have enough money to cover all of your expenses, and those of any dependants. It is important that you plan your funding very carefully before you get here, and that you manage your finances well whilst you are here.

Some of the costs that you will need to budget for are:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation (for you plus any dependents)
  • Entry clearance application fees
  • Travel to and from the UK, plus during your time in the UK
  • Food and other daily living expenses (for you and any dependents)
  • Books and equipment for studying
  • Clothing
  • Household bills (including TV licence)
  • Social events and entertainment
  • Childcare
  • One-off expenses such as birthday presents.
It is very difficult to suggest to you exactly how much money you will need to support yourself, as each person's circumstances will be different. If you are bringing your husband or wife and children with you, you will need to make further financial provision for them.

Check out www.studentcalculator.org.uk/international/ for great advice and tools to help you plan and manage your budget whilst studying in the UK.
Who are the International Student Advice team?
Our International Student Advice Centre (ISAC) can provide support and advice about many issues which may affect you, including immigration, employment, financial difficulties, childcare facilities, emotional support, and any general matters.

Advice is offered free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Border Agency.

For support with visa and immigration etc, contact us at:

internationalstudentadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 113 812 5612 / 5620 / 5735



Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

The International Student Advice Centre at Leeds Beckett University is regulated under OISC guidelines to give immigration advice. The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) is an independent organisation that monitors immigration advice and services. Advisers have to attend regular training to be able to do this.

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