Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • Around 650 to 700 students study here every year from around 40 different nationalities, from all over the world.
  • Internatinal students are welcome to contact the Admissions Officer in the Registry prior to their arrival.
  • All new students are formally welcomed to the Royal Academy in the enrolment week before the start of full term. During enrolment week students can meet department administrators and senior members of the academic staff including tutors.
  • While at the academy, support is provided by the International Officer of the Students' Union and the Counsellor, who can assist with any problem including those arising from cultural differences.

English Language Requirements

  • Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency before their study programme begins.
  • For students who are not EU or EEA citizens and who are being sponsored for a Tier 4 General Student visa, UK Visas and Immigration require an overall score of at least IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51, with a score no lower than IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51 for each individual element of the test (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  • Before the beginning of each academic year there is a short English for Musicians course. The academy invites selected international students who would benefit from intensive help with English before beginning their studies. Language classes are also available during the academic year.
  • Please refer to the academy website for further information and to find contact details of academy's Help Desk run by English Language Co-ordinators.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International Students' House is a few minutes' walk from the academy, offering accommodation to international students during the academic year as well as short-stay accommodation.
  • There are also numerous social facilities including a bar and restaurant, which academy students are welcome to use whether or not they are resident at the house.

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £21,320 £22,120
Mixed - -
Laboratory - -
Clinical - -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?