International applicants | Your update on studying in London

**This post was originally published on 18th January 2019 and has been updated on 22nd March 2019**

Following on from our original blog, we’re now able to update you with more information about how our application for a Tier 4 sponsor license is progressing. This is the license we require to sponsor international students (non-EU/EAA) to study at Abbey Road Institute London.

If you’ve already been talking to us you may be aware that this is a lengthy process made up of a number of complex stages. While we have made considerable progress there are still additional requirements we need to satisfy to progress to the next stage. Gaining our Tier 4 licence will, therefore, take longer than we previously anticipated.

What does this mean for you?
We will not be ready to enrol international students this year however we are continuing to work towards gaining our Tier 4 licence towards the end of 2020. We are not accepting applications from international applicants until we have our licence in place.

What next?
We are continuing to work towards securing the license and expect to be able to provide you with a further update early in 2020. 

*** The FAQ answers below have also been updated on 22nd March 2019***

I am an international applicant, when can I study with you?
Whilst not guaranteed, we anticipate being in a position to enrol international students towards the end of 2020.

Can I begin my application to study with you now?
No, not yet. If you are an international applicant and have started an application this will be put on hold until we have our Tier 4 license and are able to support you with the Visa application process. If you’ve started an application as an international applicant and wish to discuss your situation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

When will I know if you have received the Tier 4 license?
We are now working towards having our Tier 4 license in place for the end of 2020. We hope to be in a position to update you on this process early in 2020.

How will I know if you receive the Tier 4 license?
We will update our website and our social media pages when we have information to share on the status of our Tier 4 license application. We’ll also share further information and guidance via our newsletters and blog.

Can I study with you with a different type of visa?
If you are aged between 18-30 and from one of the countries listed below you may be eligible to apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan

This visa will allow you to work and study in the UK for up to two years. Please visit the UK Home Offices website for more information about the criteria and how to apply. It is not possible to study with us if you enter the UK with a tourist visa.