From September 2020, The Foundation Year will be welcoming all international students to join the course.* In 2019, we will be accepting students with Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa status only.
Q.Are the entry requirements for the course different for international students?
The application process for The Foundation Year for international applicants is the same as for UK/EEA applicants. However, International students applying from outside of the EU/EEA* must have a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are already in the UK under a different immigration category and are not restricted from studying, your application will be considered. Applicants will need to provide evidence of this permission before enrolling on the course. Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. Further information can be found on the Immigration, Visas & Fees page.
Q.Do I need a visa to study on The Foundation Year?
Yes, international students applying from outside of the EU/EEA* must have a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are already in the UK under a different immigration category and are not restricted from studying, your application will be considered. You will need to provide evidence of this permission before enrolling on the course. Further information can be found on the Immigration, Visas & Fees page.
Q. I am applying from a country inside the EU/EEA, how should I apply?*
Students applying from a country within the EU/EEA should apply using the UK application form. The deadline for UK and EU/EEA applications is Sunday 17 February 2019, midnight (GMT). Please see the UK Applications page for further details.
If you are selected for the interview stage on the application process, you will be expected to attend a face-to-face interview at the School along with all UK applicants. Interviews will be held on 25, 26 and 27 March 2019.
Q. I am applying from a country inside the EU/EEA, will I be charged international fees?*
All students from countries in the EU/EEA will be charged domestic fees, see Scholarships & Fees for details.
Q.Will someone be able to check my documents before submitting them to the UK Home Office?
We advise that all international students work with an agent in their country who will be able to guide them through the application process and check their documents before submitting them. Staff at the Royal Drawing School will be able to answer questions but will not be able to check your documentation or assist with your visa application.
Q.Can I speak to a member of staff before I apply?
Yes, our Foundation Year Team are on hand from 9am – 5pm (GMT) from Monday to Friday during term time. We are able to arrange a phone or video call at a time that is convenient for you during these working hours.
Q.Can I visit The Foundation Year before I apply?
Yes, we welcome visits from potential students during term time throughout the academic year. To arrange a visit, please contact The Foundation Year Manager who will be able to help you plan your visit and answer any questions. Please see our website for term dates, Open Days and Taster Workshops.
Q.Will I be able to access healthcare whilst I study?
Yes, Tier 4 (General) student visa applicants will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of their visa application. The fee you pay is based on the duration of your visa rather than the duration of your course. The surcharge will be a fee of £150 per year for each year you are in the UK. Once payment has been made, you will receive a reference number starting with ‘IHS’. Paying this charge entitles you to receive free health services from the National Health Services (NHS) while you are in the UK.
Q.Will I need a UK bank account?
Yes, we recommend that you open a UK bank for the period that you are living and studying in the UK. Often UK banks require a UK address to open an account, so depending on which bank you choose, you may need to secure your accommodation first. You should inform your bank in your home country of your intention to open a UK account, they may have a relationship with a UK bank which will help you to set up an account more easily. Opening a new account can take between 3 and 4 weeks, so make sure you have adequate funds for this period. Please check that you are able to use your home country bank card in the UK before you arrive. Foundation Year staff can offer you further assistance in opening a UK account once you have arrived in the country.
Q.Does The Foundation Year provide accommodation for international students?
Yes, The Foundation Year partners with Unite Students who provide safe and modern accommodation for our students to live in during their time in London. All properties are located within 45 minutes of Trinity Buoy Wharf. Students should expect to pay between £150 - £500 per week. Please see Accommodation for more information
Q.What qualification will I receive after completing the course?
On completion of The Foundation Year, students will be awarded a Level 4 Diploma in Fine Art.**
Q.Can I continue to study in the UK after The Foundation Year?
If you have been offered a place at a UK university or place of study, you can reapply for a new Tier 4 (General) student visa to continue your studies in the UK.
UKVI Approved English language test providers -
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Whilst Studying in the UK
Transport For London
National Health Service
Bupa private healthcare
Driving in the UK:
Uk Government - Driving in the UK
Dial 999 for Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade
*This information is subject to change due to ongoing political negotiations. Please return to this page for the most up to date information on the visa status of EU/EEA citizens applying to study in the UK.
**Subject to UKVI approval