Of course, being an international student brings with it some special challenges, and the ICMP team understand this. From your initial contact with our admissions advisers, your engagement with our wellbeing team or any other interactions you have before, during and after your studies at the ICMP, we are here to provide practical and relevant help and support to make your experience a positive one.
The boxes and links below provide details on visa applications and tier 4 requirements, as well as everything you need to know in regards to how to apply for a course and useful advice on living and studying in the UK. And of course, should you need to talk to us, just contact one of our Admissions Advisers at any time, they will be happy to help.
We look forward to welcoming you to the ICMP!
HOW TO APPLY
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
WHEN YOU ARE HERE
WHAT ABOUT BREXIT?
All international application requirements can be found within course information on this site. For Tier 4 information please see below. International students may audition remotely, please contact our admissions team on 0044 (0)20 7328 0222 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are registered disabled, have a diagnosed ‘Special Educational Need’ (exp: dyslexia, dyspraxia or mental health difficulty) or have previously received additional learning support, further advice and guidance on disclosing disabilities on your application can be found here.
VISA / TIER 4 HELP
International students from outside of the EU who have been accepted onto an ICMP course and who need a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK will need to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the ICMP. Click here for more information on applying for a Tier 4 visa.
The ICMP has put together a guide for students travelling to the UK to commence their studies with us. This guide provides you with essential information regarding preparing to travel to the UK, what to do when you arrive and studying at the ICMP. Further information about documents to bring with you, travel arrangements into London, emergency and out-of-hours contact numbers and details of how to contact home upon arrival can also be accessed via this link.
Alternatively to request a copy of this guide please email email@example.com.
ACCOMMODATION / LIVING EXPENSE
You can choose either private, shared accommodation or share with a fellow student. Meet people you might like to live with at the ICMP by joining our house hunting forum which gives you information on upcoming events and housing opportunities, join the Facebook group here. Remember that you may have to pay other bills as well such as electricity, gas and water.
Click here for more information. Please visit our accommodation page for more information.
For tips on opening a bank account, student discounts, going out and more. Make your money stretch further with: Student ID card, NUS card, ISIC Card, studentbeans.com and Conistar. Information on UK mobile phone services, and registering with the police.
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WORKING IN THE UK
For further information about working in the UK please visit the UKCISA website. If you are studying at a private college on a Tier 4 visa, in most cases you will not be allowed to work, even if the private college has Tier 4 Sponsor status.
If you intend to work while studying in the UK, any employer will require you to provide them with your National Insurance Number (NINO), so that they can pay your wages and make any applicable tax/national insurance deductions. UK residents are allocated a number automatically at the age of 16; however, being a European or International student you will not have this number so you will need to apply for one. Click here for more information
TRAVEL IN THE UK
With the London underground, buses and trains you can make the most of exploring the area. To travel on London Transport you will need to purchase an Oyster Card which will allow you to board the bus and use the Underground (tube). As a full time student you are entitled to a ‘Student Oyster Photocard’ which gives a 30% discount on Travel cards, Bus & Tram passes. Click here for more information
The ICMP offers EAP Course - English for Academic Purposes for international students (anyone who doesn’t have English as their first language). The aim of the course is to increase the students’ awareness and skills in essay writing, academic language, note-taking and referencing.
COLLECTING YOUR BRP & POLICE REGISTRATION
When you arrive at airport border control, you will need your letter confirming that you have successfully applied for a Tier 4 visa. The Immigration Officer will issue you with a 30 day multiple- entry vignette. Within 10 days of your arrival in the UK you should attend your allocated Post Office to collect Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Afterwards, you may also need to register your stay with the police. If you need to register, this requirement will be written in your passport and you will need to register within seven days of your arrival in the United Kingdom. If you do not receive this stamp on your visa when entering the UK, you do not have to register with the police.
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London is a safe area in which to live. However, it is worth taking personal safety into account wherever you might be. These are some tips for staying safe. Click here for more information
Details on registering with a doctor and using the National Health Service (NHS). If you are unsure about immunisations and/or vaccinations please visit Education UK.
Students on a Tier 4 visa will be subject to a charge of £150 per year to cover the cost of using the NHS in the UK. The health surcharge is payable in full at the time of the visa application. It is very important that you ensure have paid the surcharge before you submit or send your visa application.
You will need to register with a Doctor (GP) once you arrive in the UK. For more information on registering click here.
GRADUATION & ALUMNI
We are extremely proud of all our graduates and the ICMP Graduation Ceremony, which takes place in October/November each year. It is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of all our students with their family and friends. This is a formal event, which, includes the presentation of awards for the most improved and best overall student on each course, performances by graduating students and a drinks reception.
In addition, if you are studying on a course validated by our University partners, you are also invited to attend their own graduation ceremony complete with traditional cap and gown.
Can you still study in London after the Brexit Referendum? Of course you can!
Nothing has changed with regard to your right to study in Britain. You will be made welcome, you will be able to connect to the music industry, you will be able to access high quality accredited education and you'll have the opportunity to live in a large, vibrant, multi-cultural city.
These facts remain unchanged: London is looking forward to welcoming you!