International students

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.

COVID-19 update:  If the course which you have applied for has to start remotely (online) due to the current pandemic, you can still be offered a Tier 4 Visa, on our eligible courses. The Tier 4 Visa is conditional on you relocating to the UK as soon as your course is able to be taught face-to-face again.

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There are four models of delivery available. Further details about each are available below, but in short these are:

  1. UK-based –  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 Tier 4 visa. 
  2. UK-based – We offer bespoke visitors' programmes for overseas delegations, with activities tailor-made to complement your areas of interest and level of experience.
  3. Online – Our online courses offer you the opportunity to study with us - wherever you are in the world. 
  4. In-country – 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.

Fees for students from the EU

EU students applying for a place in the 2020-21 academic year will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of the first course they study with us.  If students then go on to another course, after the academic year 2020-21, then their fee status may change.

Students who have already started their course, have also been guaranteed their existing status for the duration of their studies.

From January 2021, we don’t know exactly what the process will be. However, the UK government and universities in the UK are working to keep the system as simple as possible.

Access to Postgraduate Student Loans and Grants

Current students from the EU and those applying to eligible courses starting in 2020-21 will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

Visa requirements for EU students studying in the UK

As long as the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, you will not need a visa if you are arriving before 1 January 2021.   If you plan to stay beyond 31 December 2020 (for example, because of the length of your course), you’ll need to apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme.

If the UK were to leave the EU without a withdrawal deal, the UK Government would introduce immigration rules for EU citizens and their immediate family members. This is called European Temporary Leave to Remain . These rules cover EU students who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. They would only apply if the UK left the EU without a deal

Under these no-deal rules:

  • After three months, you’d need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, a simple online process for a small fee, which would allow you to remain in the UK for 36 months.
  • The UK Government is still to define details of future visa regulations, which would apply to students who want to stay longer – for example, to complete a four-year course. 

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. 

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

COVID-19 update:  If the course which you have applied for has to start remotely (online) due to the current pandemic, you can still be offered a Tier 4 Visa, on our eligible courses. The Tier 4 Visa is conditional on you relocating to the UK as soon as your course is able to be taught face-to-face again.

We are able to sponsor international students to apply for a Tier 4 visa, where they 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. The Tier 4 visa process is governed to us 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 14 June 2020.  

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.

COVID-19 update:  If the course which you have applied for has to start remotely (online) due to the current pandemic, you can still be offered a Tier 4 Visa, on our eligible courses. The Tier 4 Visa is conditional on you relocating to the UK as soon as your course is able to be taught face-to-face again.

Due to the nature in which our courses are delivered, combined with our status to issue visas, not all our courses are eligible for a Tier 4 Visa. Please see the list below of courses that are eligible and please note, eligibility only applies to those courses delivered at our site in London:

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.

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.

The Tavistock and Portman has a 'Private Provider' sponsor status from the UK Government.  This means that our students on a Tier 4 visa cannot undertake paid or voluntary work whilst they are studying with us.  

However, you are able to undertake a work placement that must be an assessed part of your course and usually must not take up more than one third (33%) of your course time.

It is therefore important that students who require a Tier 4 visa to study one of our courses have sufficient funds to support themselves throughout the duration of their course.

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.

We have a growing distance and e-learning portfolio, making it easier for you to access our training, wherever you are in the world. We teach some of our longer courses virtually as well as a number of CPD courses.

Some of our most popular online courses are: 

  • Introduction to counselling and psychotherapy 
  • Families and beyond: an introduction to systemic thinking 
  • Relating to self-harm and suicide in adolescents and young adults 
  • Understanding development – adolescence 

View our online courses here.


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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