Coming to the UK

Organising to study overseas can be quite stressful. The pre-arrival handbook is designed to answer all your questions on issues such as immigration, travelling to the UK, accommodation and finance. You will also find a list of useful contacts to help you with any additional queries.

More information can be found in our September 2017 Pre Arrival Handbook for our International Students.

Please remember that you should arrive for the International Students Induction Event on Sunday 3rd September 2017. Further details of the day's activities can be found in the handbook.

Student Visa Procedures

Visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (UKVI) for further information on immigration. Alternatively, your local British Council can provide you with information on obtaining a visa.

Please see our Visas and Immigration page for more guidance on how to apply for a visa to study with us.

Immigration Health Surcharge

An immigration health surcharge will be required to be paid by non-EEA nationals who apply to come to the UK to study for more than 6 months. This means that health surcharge payers will be able to access the National Health Service in the same way as a permanent resident, i.e. they will receive NHS care generally free of charge but may be charged for services a permanent resident would also pay for, such as dental treatment.

The health surcharge is payable in full at the time of the immigration application. The amount charged will be calculated based on the amount of time a migrant would be permitted to stay in the UK.

Further information about the immigration health surcharge.

Arriving in the UK

For more information and guidance on arriving in the UK please see the UK Government website

Procedures may vary at different ports of entry.

If you are unsure about arrival procedures please contact our international team.

Uniform Policy for Health Related Programmes

If you have been admitted onto one of our Health related programmes which includes placement experience with the National Health Service, we wish to bring standard NHS advice to your attention with respect to dress code. For purposes of minimising the spread of infection and of cross contamination, this code includes the requirement that a short sleeved uniform is worn in many hospital and clinic contexts. Students are provided with the standard uniforms prior to going on placements.

Full details are available on the Scottish Government website: NHS Uniform Policy Guidance.

Programmes covered by this policy include:

Undergraduate:

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons) Dietetics
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) Nursing
BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography
BSc (Hons) Podiatry
BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Postgraduate:
 
MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)
MSc Audiology (Pre Registration)
MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre Registration)
PgDip/MSc Dietetics
MSc Music Therapy
PgDip/MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre ¬Registration)
MSc Physiotherapy (Pre ¬Registration)
PgDip/MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology
PgDip/MSc Speech and Language Therapy

Opening a UK Bank Account

You can find useful detailed information on how to open a UK bank account on the UKCISA website and also the website for the British Banking Association.

UK Bank Account from Abbey Santander: A Santander banking advisor will be at QMU during Freshers’ Week and will also be at Freshers’ Fayre, to help you open accounts and answer any questions you may have.

Payment of Your Tuition Fees

The Finance Office will issue you with an invoice for your tuition fees for that year after you have matriculated.

  • These are due to be paid, in full, 21 days after the invoice date.
  • You must complete a Direct Debit Mandate, which you will find on the QMU Portal as soon as you have your UK bank account details.
  • You can choose to pay these in instalments by Direct Debit.
  • You must, however, hold a UK Bank Account to operate this system.

For more information please see our Finance Office webpage

Students requiring a Tier 4 visa may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. For further details please see our Visas and Immigration section

Pre Departure Meetings Overseas

Some British Council offices overseas are organising pre-departure briefings for students coming to the UK to study. Please contact your local British Council office for details. Check out The British Council website to find your nearest office.

Checklist

  • Letter of Offer from QMU
  • Accept the letter of offer from QMU
  • Return lease confirming you want a room in university accommodation
  • Valid Passport
  • Visa (if required)
  • Pay Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Your original school / academic certificates / transcripts / English Language Certificates
  • Proof of financial status (for UK immigration and QMU)
  • Air ticket (check dates and reconfirm flights)
  • Travel Insurance (yourself and luggage)
  • Medical insurance for Exchange and Study Abroad students
  • Bank draft in pounds sterling, travellers cheques in pounds sterling, pounds sterling in cash
  • Leave your contact details with someone at home