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.

Applicants from outside the EEA/Switzerland are likely to require a visa to study in the UK. Details on the Tier 4 (General) Student visa can be found on the website.

Once you have accepted your place, the School will support your visa application; however all conditions of entry must have been met before the 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 Tier 4 Policy Guidance well in advance. Please note that students who require a Tier 4 visa can only study on full-time programmes. The School can assist you with your Tier 4 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 Their advice line is open 1pm-4pm GMT: +44 (0)20 7107 9922

FAQ: I am an EU student – can I still come to Guildhall now that the UK has voted to leave the EU?

International Student Orientation

International students are invited to attend an orientation session just prior to the start of the academic year. This provides an opportunity to meet fellow international students and learn more about the support services available through the Student Affairs department – topics covered include International Student Life, Money Matters, Health and Welfare, Study Skills, Cultural Awareness and Managing Transitions, Culture Shock, and Safety and Security. After this series of presentations, workshops and guided tours, students have the opportunity to get their Freshers’ week underway with a Student Union excursion targeted specifically at the international community.

Buddy programme

As part of the ongoing support service for International Students, the School operates a buddy scheme to put new students into contact with current students (both UK and international). Buddies write to new students before the start of the autumn term, sharing tips on adjusting to living and studying in a new environment, and are available to offer advice and support throughout the academic year.

The Student Life Officer is also available to offer advice and information on the many issues that affect International students during the course of their studies at the Guildhall School. For more information of the support services on offer, please visit the Student Affairs page.

Study Abroad

The Guildhall School has exchange agreements with many institutions worldwide. Please see the Study Abroad page for more details.