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International Programmes

International Students

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

For any other queries please feel free to email us. 

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).

Some non-EU students who have been living in the UK/EU for less than 3 years may also be seen as International students.

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. 

List of full-time courses

Belfast Met offers full time courses at Level 3 to 6 to international applicants.

Our most popular full-time courses for international students are:
• ESOL (English as a Second Language)/EFL (English as a Foreign 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

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 full fees and show your bank statements before making the payment.  If you have the funds to support yourself and the fee is paid, we will send you the Formal Acceptance Letter with a CAS number to support your Visa application.

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 for more information on T4 visas.

How to apply

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 UKVI IELTS 
•         Copy of school/ university transcript showing your grades (this is not essential for students wishing to join an ESOL course)

Click here for Accommodation details 

For more information on living and studying in the UK, see the enclosed British Council leaflet or visit the UKCISA website

Need Help, Got Questions - Ask our International Team!

Contact Details

Patricia Leong

International Officer
Tel: +44 (0)28 9026 5171

Jessica Clews
International Office
Tel: +44 (0)28 9026 5192

For enquiries about International applications, email:

International Office
Belfast Metropolitan College
Titanic Quarter Campus
7 Queen’s Road
Belfast BT3 9DT
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

For more information visit our International Higher Education Page 

Erasmus Policy Statement

Belfast Metropolitan College’s international strategy is to seek opportunities through the development of sustainable global partnerships to develop lifelong learning opportunities for staff and students to meet economic and workforce needs, through raising skills and qualifications to address the needs of the local economy. 

To view Belfast Metropolitan College Erasmus Policy Statement click here.

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