International applicants

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has 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.

Visa update: As of the 5 October 2020 the Tier 4 visa route was replaced by a new visa route called “Student Visa” .  If you hold a current Tier 4 visa it remains valid and continues with exactly the same conditions and rights as before.

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If you would like to join us from abroad, there are four models of delivery available to you. Further details about each are available below, but in short these are:

Join us in the UK 

  • As an international student you can join our courses at the Tavistock Centre in London and other national centres provided you are legally resident in the UK or able to obtain a Studnet Visa.
  • We offer bespoke visitors' programmes for overseas delegations, with activities tailor-made to complement your areas of interest and level of experience.
Join us online 

Our online courses offer you the opportunity to study with us - wherever you are in the world. 


We are able to send a delegation of trainers from the Trust abroad to provide short course training in-country. We have sent such delegations to China, Italy, Ireland, and Switzerland and individual Tavistock tutors have delivered training in many more countries around the world. 

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.

Please see our dedicated Brexit information for EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals webpage for the most up to date information.

For the most recent information from the United Kingdom Government, please continue to refer to the British Council and UK Government websites.

As of the 5 October 2020, the Tier 4 visa route that was used by international students to study in the UK was replaced by a new visa route called “Student Visa”.  This will be required by new international applicants to our courses who want to join us.

If you require a Student Visa, please apply for your chosen course as early as you can as it can take up to three months to secure a Student Visa.  The process for applying for a Student Visa can only begin once you have been made and accepted an Unconditional offer of study.

Please see the most up to date information on the UK Government's Student Visa pages.

We strongly advise that you keep up to date with the rules and regulations via the UKVI website. 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.

Please note: If you hold a current Tier 4 visa it remains valid and continues with exactly the same conditions and rights as before.

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 IELTs 6.5 or equivalent level to gain admission to our courses.  Your test must have been carried out by a Secure English Language Test (SELT) provider.  Full details are available on the guidance page from UK government’s Visas and Immigration service. 

During the application process you will have the opportunity to upload any English language certificates that you hold.

Each of our course pages show the fee for international students, where applicable.

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 website.

For new international students joining us from September 2021 onwards, students have permission to work 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time during vacations for degree level and above study.  Students studying a course below degree level may work up to 10 hours per week during term-time and full-time during vacations).  

In addition, students can spend up to 50% of the total length of their course on a work placement if they are studying a course at an HEP at degree level or above.

Any of our current students with queries can contact

We are delighted to welcome students from all over the world to the Tavistock and Portman.  As an international student, you have the following options and they will depend on your qualifications and the type of training you’re interested in:

1. Joining a full-time course

You can enrol on one of our full-time on-site courses, lasting from one to four years. Some of these require prior qualifications, but others don’t. Please see the 'entry requirements' on each course page.

2. Joining as a clinical associate

As a clinical associate, you may undertake supervised clinical work in one of our directorates, on a full-time or part-time basis, to add to your experience and qualifications.

You will need to hold a recognised professional qualification - eg. as a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker – have appropriate (clinical and other) work experience, and pass an interview, which includes assessing your personal suitability and fluency in English.

To apply, please write to the head of the relevant Tavistock clinical directorate with your enquiry.

3. Joining as a programme associate

If you are a professional whose clinical qualifications are not recognised in the UK, but you are interested in furthering your understanding of our approaches, you can become a programme associate. This provides access to an agreed programme of study, including lectures, seminars and workshops, but excludes clinical work. 

4.Visitors’ programmes

We are able to arrange visitors’ programmes for groups and individuals for single days or up to one or two weeks. These are usually arranged by specific clinical department managers. 

Joining a visitors’ programme enables you to attend Trust lectures or seminars and some specific training events designed to meet your needs. You can find out more from our clinical departments. Fees will depend on the programme proposed. Please see more on Visitors programme page.

From 1 July 2021 international students can benefit from two years’ work experience in the UK after they complete their degree programme by applying for the Post-study graduate route (PSW).  

How to apply

To apply, you will need to have completed your degree programme and have a valid Tier 4 or Student Visa at the time of application. Applications for this work route must be made in the UK.

If you are successful in applying for this route, you will be able to stay and work, or look for work in the UK at any skill level. You will be able to be either employed or self-employed (except as a professional sportsperson).

Is there a cost?

UKVI say the application fee for the Graduate Route will be £700. Details can be found here. Applicants will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.

There is no requirement to show maintenance (living costs) when applying for this visa. However, you should bear in mind that you will need money to pay your living costs.

Which qualifications do I need to apply?

To be able to apply for the Graduate Route, you must have completed one of the following qualifications:

  • an undergraduate degree
  • a masters degree
  • a PhD degree or other doctoral qualification
  • a PGCE
  • certain specified legal qualifications

Does it matter that I have been learning remotely?

To apply for the Graduate Route, you must have been studying within the UK.

  • If your programme is 12 months or less you must have been present in the UK for the whole time
  • If your programme is longer than 12 months, you must have been present in the UK for at least 12 months

*There are special rules in place for students impacted by Covid-19 and Lockdown where they have been unable to remain in the UK for 2020-21. If you would like help to discuss your personal circumstances, please contact us.*

Can I bring dependents?

Only dependants who are already in the UK as your Tier 4 or Student dependants can apply to extend their stay as your Graduate Route dependant.

Can I still study?

Study is restricted under the Graduate route. The study condition states that you cannot study any course which could in theory be sponsored under the Student route. There are some examples of permitted study where the usual student visa route is not available, however we are still waiting for further clarification on this from UKVI. If you are unsure whether you can study a specific course under the Graduate route, please contact us.

The Home Office are still finalising details on eligibility criteria and study for this graduate route which we are expecting to be available from June 2021. We will share further details once this has been made available. If you would like to discuss the graduate route, please email us at


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with the Camali Clinic in Dubai were delighted to host three CME accredited leadership and professional training courses in October 2018 in Dubai Healthcare City.

The three training events available were:  

Quality leadership and clinical practice - 4 October 2018

Leadership in Complex Organisations - 10- 12 October 2018

Mental Health Difficulties in Children, Young People and Families -  7- 9 October 2018 

For more information, please visit the Camali Clinic event page

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