International Students

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When can I apply?

For a September start, we recommend that you submit your application to us in March at the latest.

Programmes/pathways available to international students

Some international students have a sponsor for their studies, this might be their church, denomination or other organisation. If you do not have a sponsor, we would strongly encourage you to pursue the Distance Learning mode as the tuition fees are much lower and there are no visa, travel or accommodation fees.

For most international students, Queen’s Distance Learning is the most cost effective, flexible and convenient option for study. From the Foundation Award to the BA and MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme, all programmes are designed to fit around your life and commitments. Visit our Distance learning page for more information.

The Full time BA and Full time Postgraduate Diploma are the two programmes currently available to our international students who wish to study on campus. In order to come to the UK to study, you must obtain a visa. To find out the type of visa you may need and how to apply, please visit

Research: PhD students who need to be in the UK for less than six months as part of their research, for supervision or to attend a seminar or course can come to the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa.

Language requirements

All teaching is conducted in English and applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate proficiency in English by sitting an IELTS test and submitting evidence of:

  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or its equivalent, for the Full Time BA
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or its equivalent, for the Full Time Postgraduate Diploma

Will Queen’s arrange your visa?

No. If you need a visa, you are responsible for arranging your visa with British immigration services. Before the UK immigration services issue you with a visa, you will need to demonstrate that you can pay your tuition fee, accommodation, food, health care and other living costs. As a rough guide, this could mean a minimum of £15,000 GBP per year of study for a single student.


Please note that we do not have a bursary scheme for international students. If you plan to work in the UK on a student visa, it is important to keep in mind that although some students might be able to work part-time, full-time study can equate to 37.5 hours a week over 48 weeks. Therefore, we would encourage you not to seek employment at the same time as full-time study.

Application Process

The best way to start your student journey is to fill out a short student enquiry form which provides us with the required information to guide you further. Where we are able to offer a relevant course, you will be invited to submit an application form, proof of academic certificates and two references (please ensure your referees are happy to be contacted before submitting their contact details). You will then be invited to attend an Interview (via zoom). If your application is accepted by the next admission board, you will receive an offer letter. If you accept the offer then you can start your visa application and a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will be issued to you to enable you to make progress with your application.