International Students

Providing students with an inspiring environment as well as having the largest creative media sector in the world relative to GDP, it is of no wonder that students from around the world aspire to undertake their creative media studies in the UK.




Application Process

Ready to apply? Follow the steps below to ensure a smooth and successful application process. 

If you are an EU national, or if you have UK residency, you are not an international student.  If you are visiting the UK on a T2, T5, or dependant visa, or if you need a T4 or student visitor visa to enter the UK, you are an international student.

International applications that depend on a Tier 4 visa can take a considerable amount of time to process. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. 

Stage 1

Stage 2

  • Our Visa Officer will further assess the application in accordance with Home Office regulations. You will also be invited to a Skype interview with the Visa Officer. Please note that you will need to have an Unconditional Offer of study before a CAS is issued.
  • If the 2nd stage of the application process is successful and you have provided all the documents necessary, SAE will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number which you must use for your visa application. Please note SAE must receive full payment for your first year's fees before a CAS is issued.

Download our step by step Tier 4 student visa guide

It is important that all requirements and instructions are followed exactly. Any deviation or incorrect documents will lead to a visa refusal.

Making your application

Applications can be made directly with us through any of the methods below. In order to speed up the time it takes to process your application please ensure that you submit all documentation with your application and that you meet the minimum English Language requirements.

  1. Download the Application Form
  2. Complete Application form and other supporting documents
  3. Put docs into .zip file
  4. Submit your application online

UK Study Visa

Students who are not EU/EEA citizens and wish to study in the UK will need to apply for a study Visa under Tier 4 of the Home Office points based immigration system.

SAE in the UK is a Tier 4 sponsor under the Tier 4 points based system by the Home Office, allowing us to sponsor and provide a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number to applicants who make a succesful application.

What visa do I need?

  Short term study visa Tier 4 Visa

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production


BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business


BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production


BA/BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Animation


BA/BSc (Hons) Game Art Animation


BA/BSc (Hons) Games Programming


BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development


Electronic Music Production


English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

For Non EU/EEA applicants, the only approved English Language Test is:

  • IELTS (Academic and General) band score 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 within each component) from a UKVI approved center
  • Trinity College London- B2 level- tests done in the UK from an approved UKVI centre

Only tests from approved centres will be allowed for applications for a visa to enter the UK. 

For EU/EEA applicants

Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by NARIC and are adopted widely within the HE sector in the UK. 

  • IELTS (Academic and General) band score 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 within each component)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic, with a minimum of 51 in each component.
  • Cambridge ESOL Proficiency Test in English (CPE), at no lower than grade C
  • Cambridge ESOL Advanced Test in English (CAE), at no lower than grade C
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80, with no less than 17 in any component