Future Students – Coming to the UK
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 International Student Handbook - September 2023.
* Please note: that the UK government have announced that there will be removal of the right for international students to bring dependants unless they are on postgraduate courses currently designated as research programmes. These changes will come into effect from 1st January 2024 onwards. Further information can be found here: UKCISA - international student advice and guidance
We will update our webpages to reflect these changes once further information and guidance has been announced and published by the Home Office.
Student Visa Procedures
Immigration Health Surcharge
An immigration health surcharge will be required to be paid by 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
International students from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States of America, who are studying for longer than six months, and have a Student visa Route, or Student Route biometric residence permit (BRP), can now use the eGates to enter the UK.
In addition, nationals from these seven countries will also no longer be required to complete or present a landing card.
If you are coming to Queen Margaret University for an exchange semester you should not use the eGates. You MUST see an officer at the border so that they can enter a Short Term Study stamp in your passport. This stamp provides evidence that you are permitted to study 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:
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
MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)
MSc Audiology (Pre Registration)
MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre Registration)
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.
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 Student Route 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.
- 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
See the Universities UK video, below - with guidance on visas:
International Office General
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