The Application Process for International Students

1: Acceptance of Offer

A deposit of £3,500 is required to secure your place at Staffordshire University. This deposit is non-refundable, except in some cases of visa refusal. You can find more information on how to make international payments by visiting our 'Fees and Scholarships' page.

Please note that there are some exceptions to the deposit payment:

  • Applicants from Trinidad and Tobago applying for the LPC are required to pay a £500 deposit.
  • If you have received offer letters for more than one course, you will be required to confirm your preferred choice via your Applicant Portal as well as paying the deposit, if required.
  • If you have applied to us via UCAS you will need to confirm you place via UCAS and then forward your deposit payment on to us. UCAS applicants will receive a letter confirming their conditional or unconditional offer once Staffordshire University has been confirmed as a firm or insurance choice. This letter can also be used to apply for a bank loan, where appropriate.

2. Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

If the award that you are studying requires ATAS Clearance, please visit the Government website for more information.

The application process involves the completion of an online application form.

All of the course information which you need for the ATAS application is detailed in this downloadable .pdf document: ATAS Clearance Information (PDF, file size: 18.15KB)

If you do not obtain ATAS clearance, we will not be able to confirm your offer as unconditional as your visa application would be refused.

Once studying in the UK, if you require a visa extension for more than 3 calendar months, or there are any changes to your course content or research proposal – you will need to apply for another ATAS certificate.

3: Deposit Payment

For details of how to pay your deposit, please see Fees and Finance for International Students.

4: Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

At least 3 months prior to the start of your course, we will confirm receipt of your deposit by issuing you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which you will receive by email and will need to use when you apply for your visa. The CAS details which course you intend to study, the course duration, the annual tuition fee, the deposit amount that you have paid (if applicable) and which campus you will study on.

When the CAS is issued

  • Please check and confirm that all of the information is accurate. You must contact the International Admissions team immediately if any of the information incorrect

  • If you have previously studied in the UK you must declare this as it could make a difference to your offer or CAS and can lead to a visa refusal

  • You cannot use CAS to apply for a visa prior to 3 months before the start of the course

  • Your CAS will expire after a period of 6 months from the date it was assigned


5: Visa Application

For guidance with regard to your visa application, please read carefully the UK Visa and Immigration Office requirements and guidance

Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student

Tier 4 (General) student visa

Should you require any other information please contact the International Student Support Team at Staffordshire University.

  • The UK government has implemented a compulsory Healthcare Surcharge which must be paid before the Tier 4 visa application.  Please visit

  1. Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application

  2. How much is my Immigration Health Surcharge?

  3. Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application

  • Please ensure that you have sufficient funds in place to pay your tuition fees and living expenses. Your CAS will state the tuition for the first year of your course (or entire course for postgraduate students). The Home Office will use the details in your CAS to confirm how much money you will need for your course. For details on the fees and living expenses please read the guidance

  • Due to the differences in daily currency exchange rates, you must have extra funds in your account to avoid visa refusal

  • You will be required to an interview with the Immigration officials, the purpose of the interview is to check your credibility as a genuine student – questions will focus on reasons for coming to the UK and will include questions about your background, your study plans and your finances. Please read the examples of the questions (PDF, file size: 163.15KB) you might be asked

  • Please ensure you have the original documents that are listed in the CAS sections ‘Evidence provided’ and ‘Other Evidence’ when applying for your visa

The University offers the programmes with optional placement opportunities:

  • Tier 4 students who locate placements in the UK would need to obtain a further Immigration  permissions for the duration of their placement and to complete their existing  programmes

  • All Tier 4 students  who locate a placement in the UK  must  return back to their country and apply for the Tier 4 visa before starting their placement

  • The University will provide  the necessary support by issuing a CAS to students and meeting the cost of the Tier 4 visa applications ,  whilst  students would be expected  to meet all other related costs

6: When your visa is issued

  • You MUST inform the University of the outcome of your Tier 4 visa application

  • If your Tier 4 visa is granted you are required to inform the University of your expected UK arrival date. Please provide this information by contacting
  • If your visa is refused please provide the university with a copy of the Refusals Notice

  • Please  notify the International Admissions team of any delay in your visa application process, or in the booking of your travel to the UK as the University has a responsibility to provide such information to the UK Visa and Immigration Office

  • If you are successful in obtaining a Tier 4 visa and do not enrol at the University on time you will be reported to the UKVI within 10 days of the expected enrolment date and your UK visa will be curtailed. This process cannot be reversed

7: Accommodation

We can guarantee accommodation within our Halls of Residence providing that you apply for accommodation no later than 01 September. After this date we will still help you find either University managed or approved accommodation, but this would be subject to availability. To request a room, please complete our online accommodation application form.

A non-refundable accommodation pre-payment of £250 will be required to secure your room. This payment will need to be made by either debit or credit card via the secure payments page link that will be provided in your accommodation offer email. Accommodation places will not be held for anyone who has not made this payment.