Information for new international students
Here at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust we have a long and valued tradition of offering training to mental health professionals from overseas. We are proud to both invite students from across the world to our base in London, and also to deliver education across the globe in different settings.
At the Tavistock and Portman we welcome students from around the globe. If you are from a European Union country and are currently studying with us or about to begin one of our courses, you may have a number of questions or concerns around Brexit.
We would like to reassure potential and current students that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the immigration or fee status of current and prospective EU students for the 2018/19 academic year.
We appreciate that this is an uncertain and unsettling time. We will be working hard to ensure you are kept informed of any changes should there be any.
We are able to offer Tier 4 visas to international students who meet the UK Visas and Immigration pre-determined criteria. When you apply for your course, you must let us know if you are an international student and will require a Tier 4 visa. Please see our guidance notes here. The Tier 4 visa process is governed by the UK Government and regulations are subject to change. We strongly advise that you keep up to date with the rules and regulations via the UKVI website.
Once you have been accepted onto a course, we will start the process of issuing you with your CAS number which you will need in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
Please note that your visa application can take up to 3 months from the date you apply, so we strongly recommend international applicants requiring a visa submit their application as soon as possible and no later than 15 June 2018.
The UK Visas and Immigration website has a lot of information for international students.
If you require further information about our visa process, please contact our overseas student office.
Registering with the police (where it is required as part of the conditions of your visa)
Some people need to register with the police after arriving in the UK with a visa, or after getting permission to stay for longer in the UK. Please follow this link to the gov.uk website for guidance.
English language requirements
All our courses delivered in the UK will be delivered and assessed in UK English. Where your first language is not English, you must meet our entry requirements in respect of English language competence and have at least a secure IELTS 6.5 in each of the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) to gain admission to our courses.
During the application process you will have the opportunity to upload any English language certificates that you hold.
Fees for international students
Each of our course pages show the fee for international students.
In accordance with Home Office guidelines, fees for students undertaking degree programmes who are nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are higher than those for UK/EEA/Swiss students.
The definition of an international student is:
(a) A student who has not been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period preceding 1 September, 1 January or 1 April closest to the beginning of the first term of his/her course;
(b) the student has been resident therein, during any part of that three year period, wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education;
(c) at the date referred to in (a) above the student has no settled status in the United Kingdom.
Countries in the EU and EE
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.
The EU countries are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
The European Economic Area (EEA)
The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.
Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.
Please see full details on the gov.uk website.
Useful information about life in the UK
Information about studying abroad
UK Council for International Student Affairs: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/
British Council: https://www.britishcouncil.org/
International Student: Study in the UK Guide for International Students
Banking in the UK
Banks in the UK are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and must operate in accordance with their requirements and those of the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group. They also have their own policies and procedures to follow and will carry out relevant checks to decide what account you may be eligible to open. If you are not able to open an account with your first choice of bank, we recommend you try elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Trust does not have any influence over a bank’s decision.
The FCA have some useful information for consumers about opening a bank account in the UK. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) also produce helpful information for students about opening a bank account.
Local Letting Agents
List of cultural centres in the UK:
Shopping in the UK
FoodThere are many local independent shops where you can buy food in London. The big food chain stores in the UK are: Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, ASDA, Lidl, Aldi
There are various places to purchase essential items for your new room or accommodation. Below is a list of places you can find bed linen, towels, furniture, kitchen utensils etc. Argos, IKEA, Tiger, Debenhams, John Lewis
Check out this website for ideas about places to buy clothing.
The website My Supermarket helps you find the best deals on products from across four major supermarkets.
Restaurants and eating out
Support and well-being
UK Department of Health: UK Department of Health Overseas
London Nightline: UK Department of Health Overseas
The Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/
Save the Student: https://www.savethestudent.org/
Bright Knowledge: https://www.brightknowledge.org/