Every year Belfast Metropolitan College welcomes thousands of students from around the world who study a huge range of courses.
The College offers many choices, high standards, great facilities and a lively learning environment, with campuses in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city.
We are the largest government funded public college of further and higher education in Northern Ireland and one of the biggest colleges in the UK. So we have everything in place that international students need to succeed.
The College is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English and has a UKVI Highly Trusted Sponsor licence.
Our friendly International Office can provide advice and support – everything you want to know while you study at Belfast Met!
Help from our team
At the International Office we understand that it can be difficult to settle into a new culture, so our team are here to make that transition as easy as possible. Get help and advice on:
- immigration and visas, including applications
- course information and fees
- places to live
- health and banking information
- financial matters
- qualification equivalencies and routes to gain qualifications
- the local area, places of interest and getting around
Our office is located in the Titanic Quarter campus.
Opening hours – Monday through Thursday – 9.30am to 4.30pm. Friday – 9.30am to 4pm. Closed between 1-2pm every day.
We operate an open door policy, so stop by, and we can help out with any difficulties or concerns.
We have a huge wealth of knowledge and experience and we are here to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve academically and develop personally.
Are you an international student?
You are considered an international student if you need to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa, or a Short Term Study Visa, to come and study in the UK. For details of our full-time courses, contact our International Office (details below).
Students who have a non-EU passport or have lived outside the European Union for all or part of the last three years may be liable for International fees. You must have a fees assessment completed with our International Office. To arrange an assessment, telephone: 028 9026 5192.
Students who have been assessed and have International status must pay an international fee for any course they join at Belfast Met, including Essential Skills classes.
Any international student applying to study at Belfast Met must be at least 16 years old on the 30th June before the course begins. Anyone wishing to join us in September 2016 or January 2017 must be born on or before 30th June 2000.
List of full-time courses
Belfast Met offers full-time courses at Levels 1 to 6.
Our most popular full-time courses for international students are:
• ESOL (English as a Second Language)
• BTEC Level 3 vocational courses
• Level 5 HND/ Foundation courses (equivalent to the first year of university)
• Level 6 Bachelor Degree in Fashion Management
For details specific to your country, see below:
Applying for your study Visa
Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom - you will need to apply for a visa from the British embassy to study in our college.
Belfast Met is a UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Highly Trusted Sponsor. This means, if you choose to study here, we can issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) numbers for Tier 4 (General) students.
If you need to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa or a Short Term Study Visa to come and study in the UK, you must make your college application through our International Office. The team are always happy to help.
As part of your application for a Tier 4 Student Visa, you will be asked to show that you have the funds to support yourself while living in the UK. This is approximately £1,015 per month for up to nine months, in addition to the first year fees which you are to pay to the college.
Then, when you are offered a place at Belfast Met, you will be asked to pay a deposit and show your bank statements before making the payment. If you have the funds to support yourself and the deposit is paid, we will send you the Formal Acceptance Letter with a CAS number to support your Visa application.
Students attending Belfast Met on a Tier 4 Student Visa will not have permission to take paid work. Students on a Short Term Study Visa cannot work while they are in the UK and must also leave the UK as soon as their course is finished.
Contact our International Office for more information on the different types of visas, which one applies to you, and also about our application to study process.
When you arrange to travel to Belfast, you should fly in to a British airport. Dublin airport is not part of the UK and we do not recommend that you book travel through the Republic of Ireland due to visa restrictions.
See https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/overview for more information on T4 visas
Complete an application form and send it to the Belfast Met International Office with the following documents:
• Copy of your current passport
• Copy of any previous UK visa (if applicable)
• Copy of your most recent IELTS (or other) English Language certificate (or the date of your test)
• Copy of school/ university transcript showing your grades (this is not essential for students wishing to join an ESOL course)
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Need Help, Got Questions - Ask our International Team!
For enquiries about International applications, email:
Belfast Metropolitan College
Titanic Quarter Campus
7 Queen’s Road
Belfast BT3 9DT