International Admissions

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How to Apply

Guildhall School takes direct applications for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, rather than through intermediary agency or centralised system such as UCAS or CUKAS. Instead all enquiries and applications are handled by our helpful teams in Registry and Student Recruitment.

Please complete and submit an online application found on our how to apply page if you are interested in being considered for one of our programmes. You may be invited to London to audition or interview, however if you would prefer to interview in a location closer to home, please indicate on your application which of this year’s international audition locations would be most suitable for you. Due to the challenge of international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately our international auditions will be restricted this year. Those unable to attend should submit a recorded audition.

Application procedures and entry requirements will differ depending on the faculty and programme that you choose. Students applying for Music, Acting, or Production Arts will receive instructions relevant to their programme of study.

Once you have submitted an application, our team will be in touch to provide information about the various documentation you will have to provide both to complete your enrolment and obtain any visa that might be necessary for you to come and study with us.

EU FAQs

In response to the UK's departure from the EU, Guildhall School have issued a formal statement to express our continued commitment to supporting and welcoming students from the EU. The following FAQ answers some common questions about the practicalities of coming to study with us under these new conditions.

Funding

For information about your fee category and any available funding, please visit our Fees and Funding page. For further information and guidance, contact the Student Funding Officer.

For a full guide to funding opportunities for North American students, please see our guidance on Funding for North American Students (PDF link).

Guildhall School also accepts Federal Loan applicants.

Fee Assessment

Guildhall School is a publicly funded educational institution and must charge two levels of fee: the lower 'home' fee and the higher 'overseas' fee.  Students pay the 'home' or 'overseas' fee depending on whether they meet certain criteria as set out by the fee regulations. For information on how fee status is assessed, please see our Fee Assessment page.

Visas

If you think you will require a visa to visit the UK for an audition or interview, Guildhall School can provide you with a letter of support that confirms your invitation. You can request this from Registry once the dates and details of your audition/interview have been arranged. Alternatively, the School offers overseas audition venues for some programmes, please see our Auditions/Interviews page for details.

Applicants from outside the UK are likely to require a visa to study in the UK. Details on the Student visa can be found on the gov.uk website.

Once you have accepted your place, the School will support your student visa application; however all conditions of entry must have been met before Guildhall School will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). You will also need to ensure you have sufficient funds in your bank account so please check the Student Visa Policy Guidance well in advance.

We may not be able to sponsor all students for a student visa and you should ensure you have researched the type of visa you will need in order to study with us, especially if you have already studied at degree level in the UK. Please contact immigration@gsmd.ac.uk if you are unsure.

Please note that students who require a Student visa can only study on full-time programmes. The School can assist you with your Student visa application and will provide further information and guidance if you are offered a place at the School.

Free student immigration advice and very helpful information sheets are available at the UKCISA website. Their advice line is open 1pm-4pm GMT: +44 (0)20 7107 9922

International Entry Requirements

Guildhall School recognises a wide range of international qualifications and curricula.

Individual programmes have their own specific requirements and you may require an audition or interview. You can read more about our academic entry requirements in our How to Apply pagesThis information is for guidance purposes only, as each application is judged on its own merits. Performance ability and creative or technical talents might not be reflected in your grades but can be demonstrated in your application.

In addition, please ensure that you are aware of the English language requirements. The language of instruction is English and it is vital that all students have a good command of the language.  For those without English as a first language, please see our English Language Entry Criteria page for the requirements by programme. Optional English language classes are available during the autumn and spring terms.

Our general entry requirement for undergraduate programmes is a passing grade in high school qualifications, and for postgraduate programmes is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. You can search for your qualification on our list of equivalent overseas qualifications to check your eligibility. Please enquire with registry@gsmd.ac.uk if your qualification does not appear on this list.

International Qualifications List.pdf International qualifications meeting standard undergraduate academic entry requirements

Entry Requirements by Country

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