University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has over 5,500 students studying on more than 120 creative courses across four campuses in Surrey and Kent. UCA's diverse international community welcomes students from 91 nations across the world.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

1,375 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • A meet and greet service for new international and EU students includes a welcome at selected London airports by a representative, and being driven directly to the relevant UCA campus.
  • The university provides International and EU Welcome events at each campus during the first week of term. These free events are a great opportunity to meet new people and the food and drink is complimentary.
  • UCA provides International Student Support after students arrive and throughout the student journey: this includes guidance on collecting a biometric residence permit, registering with the police and a doctor, and other practical matters.

English Language Requirements

  • All students must have a good standard of spoken and written English.
  • A place may be offered on condition that a student reaches the required standard of English before their course starts: if a student's English has not yet met this level, they can attend the university's pre-sessional English language courses to improve their spoken, written, reading and listening skills.
  • If students need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, they may need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT), which is recognised by UK Visas and Immigration. If students plan to study a pre-sessional English course, they will need to take an academic IELTS for UKVI test. If students want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course without a pre-sessional English course, UCA recommends the academic IELTS for UKVI test, although the IELTS academic test will be sufficient if they achieve the scores needed for an unconditional offer.

Accommodation for International Students

  • The university guarantees international students a place in student halls of residence providing they apply for accommodation by the relevant deadline.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • A limited number of scholarships of £2,000 each (in fee-discount format) will be awarded to new international applicants considered to be outstanding by a member of UCA's academic staff. 
  • Please refer to the university website's fee discount page, for further details and application.

Ongoing Support

  • UCA offers a specialist immigration, information, advice and guidance service to international students during their course. Part of Library & Student Services, these specialist advisers are specifically trained and qualified; they can be contacted via the Gateway in the library on each campus.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance