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Applying to UEL

By applying to the University of East London you will be welcomed into a global family of international students. Our knowledgeable international team are there to guide you through every step of the application process.

Your journey to UEL

We have one of the most diverse student bodies of any university in the world - 19,000 students from 120 different countries.

As an international student, you will become part of our global learning community and make friends and valuable contacts from all over the world.

Our International Student Advice (ISA) team can give you all the help you need on issues from visas to funding. They can also advise on working in the UK, accommodation and language requirements.
UEL holds a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Tier 4 Sponsor licence, which allows us to sponsor students to study in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa.

We also have dedicated international pages with a single point of contact for global regions and countries, listing qualification and English requirements. It couldn’t be easier.

If you have any problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact them on +44 (0)20 8223 2805 or at

Entry requirements

If you are applying to UEL as an international student, our International pages will give you all the information you need about the qualifications we accept, English language requirements, fees and funding, UEL visits to education exhibitions in your country, visa requirements and application deadlines. 

Choosing your course

Before applying to UEL, you should find out as much as you can about the courses we offer by researching the information on our website.

Course information is listed by subject under the type of degree - undergraduate courses, postgraduate taught courses or research degrees – and also by academic School.

Our seven academic Schools are: Architecture, Computing and Engineering; Arts and Digital Industries; Business and Law; the Cass School of Education and Communities; Health, Sport and Bioscience; Psychology; and Social Sciences.
Every year, we hold regular open days and on-campus events, where you can talk to UEL staff and students from your course, and get a real feel for the fantastic benefits you will gain by studying here.

To find out more about apply for our courses, contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or

How to apply


Submit your application: Once we receive your application, we will check whether you have supplied all the correct documents. If anything is missing, or we need more information, we will email you. Then we will assess your application and write to you with our decision.


Your offer: If we decide to offer you a place on your course, we will write to you with a conditional offer. The conditions could be academic, such as a qualification, or you may need to show that you meet the required standard of English. If you are in the UK, we may invite you to come for an interview to discuss your application.


Payment letter: Once you have met all the conditions in the offer, we will send you a payment letter. This will tell you how much your tuition fees are, how to pay, and the value of any scholarship.

We will also tell you when you need to pay your fees. We offer a five per cent discount if you pay your fees in full in the September before you start your course.  


Accepting your offer: To accept your offer, you will need to pay a 50 per cent fee deposit. This is not refundable, unless your visa application is unsuccessful.

We will explain all the details of how to pay in your payment letter, which will also contain a link to an online reply form. You should fill this in so that we know you have paid your fees and that you are coming to study with us.


Apply for your accommodation: We provide modern and attractive waterfront accommodation in our Student Village, located at our Docklands campus. Most of our international students choose to live in the village and as soon as you have firmly accepted your offer, you can apply for one of en-suite rooms. 


Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies: Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter is an electronic document that we send to the UK Government to support your application for a Tier 4 visa.

Before sending it, we may ask you to supply extra information to show you meet the UK Border Control requirements – such as how you will fund your living expenses while you are in the UK.

We can only issue your CAS three months before the start of your course, so if you are applying to start in September we will not issue your CAS until June.


Apply for your visa: Make sure you allow plenty of time to apply for your visa. To find out if you need one, visit your country page on our website. Our International Student Advice (ISA) team are very experienced with helping international students at each stage of the visa process.  


Welcome to UEL: Congratulations. You’re now ready to come and enrol at the University of East London. If you sign up for our Welcome Programme, we will meet you at the airport. We also run a comprehensive acclimatisation programme for international students – including exciting trips to London and other parts of the UK.

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