Accepting your offer on UCAS or UKPASS
If you have applied to us through UCAS or UKPASS then you will need to accept us as your firm choice on your UCAS account. To do this simply log on to the UCAS website and follow the instructions. Otherwise you can simply email us to let us know.
What is a conditional and an unconditional offer?
Conditional offer – this is where we have made you an offer of a place on the programme at the University of Winchester but for you to confirm your place we require you to send us some further information or results once you have them available. Providing you send us the required documents by the date listed on your offer letter then your place at the University is guaranteed. Usually the conditions are related to obtaining a certain grade or score on your current programme or achieving a certain IELTS score but can differ so please check your offer letter. If you are required to send us further documents please send them to us as soon as you have them. You must have sent us everything required to be able to start at the University and if applicable, apply for your visa.
Unconditional offer – this is where you have met all of our entry requirements and have sent us everything required to confirm your place at the University. You must have an unconditional offer to start at the University and if applicable, apply for your visa.
Applying for accommodation
The University of Winchester guarantees all International students a room in our halls of residence for each year you are studying with us, so long as you apply in good time. There are various types of rooms available, the majority of which are on campus and have en suite facilities. You can apply for accommodation once you have accepted our offer of a study place and we advise you apply for accommodation as soon as possible to give you the best opportunity of securing room of choice. When you apply for accommodation you can select up to three options and you should list them in your order of preference. Whilst we can't guarantee that you will get your first choice, the earlier you apply the better your chance of getting your first choice room. Applications for housing should be made before 1st August wherever possible. You will receive a confirmation email to acknowledge that we have received your application for accommodation and then in early September the Housing team will email you with your room allocation and a contract which you must read and then accept if you are happy with the information.
For more information on the accommodation available please click here
To apply for accommodation then please click here
Paying a deposit
Once you have accepted your offer you will then be expected to pay a deposit of £2000 if you require a visa to study in the UK. Instructions on how to pay this can be found by clicking here.
Government Sponsored Students or students who are being paid to study the course by their company or other body should send us a letter (usually a financial guarantee letter) confirming what is being paid.
It is possible to pay over the phone using a credit or debit card or you can pay via bank transfer. Please note that payments can sometimes take several days to clear into the University bank account. You should always provide your name and your student reference number (found on your offer letter) when paying and always ask for a receipt.
CAS Request Form (if applicable)
A Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) request form is required if you need a visa to study at the University of Winchester. If you are not sure if you require a visa then please contact us and we can let you know.
The form asks for information about your immigration/visa history. It can be downloaded by clicking here and should be completed in full and then returned to email@example.com
Receiving your CAS statement (if applicable)
Once we have your deposit payment and CAS request form, and you have met any/all the conditions of your offer then we should be able to issue you with your CAS statement. This will be unique to you and will be sent via email to the address you provided on your application form. You must check that the information is correct and let us know you have any questions.
Applying for Your Visa (if applicable)
Once you have your CAS statement you can apply for your visa. You can do this up to 3 months before the start date of your programme. We encourage you to apply for your visa as early as possible so that you will have your visa in good time. You can then start to make your travel arrangements.
The University of Winchester has staff available to help you with your application, and these staff are also available to answer any questions and check your documents. Please read our information on applying for your visa by clicking here.
Airport Pick Up Service
The University provides a free airport pick up service from London Heathrow airport (as well as other airports such as London Gatwick and Southampton, if there is sufficient demand) on selected dates before the start of academic programmes. This free service is available to all our International students. International Student buddies will be waiting in the terminal to meet you and will direct you to the coach.
If you would like to reserve a place on a free pick- up service then you should complete and return the booking form online. The booking form will be available closer to the start of term. Alternatively, if you have already booked your flights, then simply send us the flight details and we will reserve a place for you.
If you cannot arrive on the date of the airport pick up, Winchester is very easy to reach from Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton airports. National Express Coaches operate from each terminal at Heathrow as well as Gatwick airport and they run coaches to Winchester City centre for a reasonable price. From Southampton airport a direct train runs from outside the terminal to Winchester and takes 10 minutes. If you would like more information on this please contact us.
Fees and Finance
The Tuition Fee you will have to pay will be indicated on your offer letter. In addition you can click here to find a full list of the tuition fees for all programmes at the University. If you cannot find your programme or are unsure of the correct fee then please contact us.
Accommodation fees for University housing vary depending on the type of accommodation, the length of time you wish to stay in the accommodation (some a contracts allow you to stay in your room during the holidays) and if you have decided to take a meal option or to cook for yourself. More information on the costs and options available can be found by clicking here. The average room cost at the University is around £4,500 for the year. Some students choose to live in privately rented accommodation (off-campus) either for the whole duration of their studies or just in their second and third years of an undergraduate programme. Costs differ for this but you would usually have to pay water, gas and electric bills separately on top of any stated accommodation fees. The University provides advice sessions on off-campus accommodation, and managing your money . In addition the University Housing Office can also help you to find accommodation off-campus
Living Costs are another important factor to consider. The amount you will need for this depends on your lifestyle (eating habits, what you like to do in your spare time etc). On average most international students spend around £2000 to £3000 per year on living costs. This includes things like books and stationary, food, socialising (cinema, drinks, attending events etc) and also travel as many of our students like to visit different parts of the UK and Europe whilst they are with us.
Can I pay in instalments?
This is only possible if you are being sponsored by your Government or, in the case of Norwegian students, if they are receiving support from Laneskassen. In addition, students who already hold a UK bank account may be able to pay in instalments but they must have secured approval from our finance team for instalment payments prior to arriving at the University
The University of Winchester has a number of International Student Scholarships of £1000 each. If you are successful in your scholarship application then this amount will be deducted from the tuition fees you are expected to pay.
The International Scholarships are open to all International Student applicants from non - EU countries. The application process starts in October each year and the deadline is the 30th June each year. It is a competitive scholarship so there are a limited number of awards available and the scholarship committee will meet in July to assess all applications.
Scholarships are most commonly awarded to students who can demonstrate how it would be useful for them when studying their course and how they intend to use their study experience to benefit their home country once they have completed their programme at the University of Winchester.
To be eligible for an International Scholarship you should:
- Be from a non-EU country
- Have been made a Conditional/Unconditional offer to study at the University of Winchester
- Have accepted your offer
- Submit an application form before the 30th June in the year you will join the University.
If you wish to apply then please contact us for a copy of the application form.
Which English Language tests do you accept?
We accept all UK Border Agency approved tests on the list available on their website. These include IELTS, Pearson's PTE, Cambridge ESOL etc. A full list of all tests we accept can be found by clicking here
What if I don't have the required IELTS/ English Language scores?
We have pre sessional English courses which can help to increase your English Language ability to the level required to join an undergraduate or postgraduate programme. They start in either July (the 10 week course is designed to increase your score by 1.0) or in August (the 5 week course which is designed to increase your score by 0.5).
In addition to those we have a one year foundation course, and a one year English Language course.
For information on our English Language programmes, please click here
How can I apply?
We accept International applications through UCAS, UKPASS or through our direct entry form. The direct entry form can be downloaded from our website and is a PDF document. Please send the application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
What is the application deadline?
The Official UCAS deadline for International applicants is 30th June, however we can accept applications after this date. Direct applicants can apply up until the end of August but, again, we can accept applications after this date. We suggest that to apply for a visa in time for a programme that starts in September 2014 you should apply for your visa by the end of July at the latest so we are able to process your application and provide you with appropriate visa support. If your English Language level is not at the required level you should have applied by 31st May for a pre sessional course.
What are your entry requirements?
Our International Recruitment Team are able to advise you about the level of your qualifications compared to the UK systems listed in our brochures and on our website. The University website has a range of different entry requirements by country (click here) but should you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need a Visa?
Most students from outside the EU will require a Tier 4 student visa. There are exceptions to this so if in doubt please contact email@example.com . If you are already in the UK at another school or college you will still be required to renew your visa as Winchester will be your new sponsor. We can help you with this application through our International Student Support Officer.