Guildhall School of Music and Drama International Students

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama International Students

Guildhall School of Music and Drama International Students

International students

The Guildhall School has a large international student community; a third of our students come from outside of the UK. We value this diversity of cultures in the School and welcome applications from all over the world.

The information on our website is relevant to all students; however, the information below is particularly important to international students.


In their first year, overseas undergraduate students are given priority for accommodation in Sundial Court, just three or four minutes’ walk from the School. (There is usually also a small number of places available for overseas postgraduate students in their first year of study at the School). For those students who prefer to live outside of Sundial Court, the Student Life Officer is available to offer advice on searching for external accommodation; resources available through the Student Affairs office include a list of rooms available with private landlords, a contact list of students looking for potential housemates, and guidance on different types of external accommodation and living costs in London.

English Language

The language of instruction is English and it is vital that all students have a good command of the 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.


Studying in London is not cheap and funding should be arranged well in advance. For further information about funding, please visit our Fees and Funding page. For further information and guidance, contact the Student Funding Officer.

Fee Assessment

The 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.


If you think you will require a visa to visit the UK for an audition or interview, the 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.