Before You Go - London

 

 There are many things to prepare for and organize before your departure from your home country to your study abroad location. Essential information will be communicated to you through your student portal and email after you are accepted to FIE. 

In addition to any home-school preparation, students might have, pre-departure orientations on partner campuses are often conducted by a visiting FIE staff member.  Students also have access to FIE pre-departure guides to help them with their preparation.

IT IS HIGHLY ADVISED THAT STUDENTS DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE UK VIA IRELAND (DUBLIN, SHANNON, ETC). This can present problems for visa holders as the UK and Ireland are in a Common Travel Area. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further assistance.

 PREPARING FOR LONDON EMAILS

In the months prior to your arrival, you'll receive important information about your study abroad program through our 'Preparing for London' email series. You should expect to receive the following:

 

Welcome to FIE

 

Email includes information on:

 

  • Kensington Campus
  • Application Documents
  • STEP Registration

 

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Your Internship*

 

Email includes information on: 

 

  • Your Internship Mentor
  • Internship Schedule
  • IIC Course Required Text

 

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Academics & Accessibility

 

Email includes information on: 

 

  • Academic Resources
  • Textbooks/Reading Packs
  • Academic Accommodations

 

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Residence Life

 

 Email includes information on:

 

  • Your Residence
  • Mailing Address
  • Arriving in London

 

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Student Life

 

Email includes information on: 

 

  • Orientation
  • Activities
  • Health & Insurance

 

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(*Your Internship email only for students participating in an international internship while in London)

 

You must check your email inbox (including your junk mail) regularly so that you don't miss any important communications. We also recommend that you add any @fie.org.uk emails to your safe senders list. Please also ensure that the email address that you provided on your application is correct.

In addition to the 'Preparing for London' emails, you will also receive other emails such as information on classes, course registration, and visas.

 VISA INFORMATION

All students undertaking a program with FIE require a visa to study in the UK.  The only exceptions are those who hold an EU/EEA/Swiss passport (see below).  Please see the following information to determine the type of visa you require.

 

Internship, Service Internship, and Service Learning Students

Study Only Students

EU, EEA, & Swiss Students

Students planning to travel to other parts of Europe during their program

Tier 4 Visa Guide

If you are undertaking a work placement / internship / service internship, you must apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa before you depart your country of residence.  

 Please note:

  • You cannot apply for a Tier 4 visa after you arrive in the UK 
  • You must apply for your Tier 4 visa from within your country of residence
  • You should plan to apply as soon as you receive your CAS Statement Email from FIE
  • If your program lasts 6 months or less, your Tier 4 visa should be valid from one week before your FIE program begins, to one week after it finishes. You should plan your travel to and from the UK within these dates as you will not be permitted to enter early or overstay.
  • It is strongly advised that you do not travel to UK via the Republic of Ireland. Please see the FAQ section of the Tier 4 Visa Guide.

 

Please read the Tier 4 Visa Guide (link above) carefully. It explains the process of applying for the visa and lists the supporting documents you will need to carry with you when traveling to the UK. 

Short-Term Study Visa Guide

If you are not undertaking a work placement / internship / service internship and you will be coming to the UK to study for less than six months, you can come on a Short-Term Study Visa.

Non-Visa Nationals:

Please note: US citizens are Non-Visa Nationals. Non-Visa Nationals do not need to apply for a Short-Term Study visa before they travel to the UK. Instead, they can request to enter as a Short-Term Study Student at the port of entry (passport control).

 

Non-Visa Nationals entering the UK via Ireland (including students on Dublin + London programs):

 All students entering the UK via the common travel area (Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) will need to apply online for a Short-Term Study visa before they travel. Please see the FAQ section of the Short-Term Study Visa Guide for more information.

 

 

Visa-Nationals:

Visa Nationals will need to apply online for a Short-Term Study visa before they travel. Please read the Short-Term Study Visa Guide (link above). It explains the process of applying for the visa for both Non-Visa Nationals and Visa Nationals and lists the supporting documents you will need to carry with you when traveling to the UK.

 If you hold a current, valid passport from:

  • a country within the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA); (full list is here); OR
  • Switzerland,

you are not subject to UK immigration control and so do not need permission to work or study in the UK.  Therefore, you do not need a visa for the FIE program.

However please bear in mind:

  • You must travel to and enter the UK on this passport; AND
  • Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your studies.

This includes dual nationals - those who hold a EU/EEA/Swiss passport in addition to another passport.  

 If you wish to travel to other parts of Europe during your time in London, you should make sure that your passport expires at least 3-6 months after you are due to return home. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area requires this. If not, you may be refused boarding or denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area.

US Nationals:

You are permitted to enter the Schengen area for a period of up to 3 months without a visa. However, before you make travel plans, please read the important information found here.

 

Other Nationalities:

If you are not a US or EU passport holder, you may need to apply for a Schengen Visa in advance. To do this, you should visit the Embassy website of the main country / first country you wish to visit. You are advised to allow 1-2 months for your application to be processed. More information can be found here.

Countries included in the Schengen Scheme are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

 

 PRE-APPLICATION IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY QUERIES

Study abroad students of all backgrounds face unique challenges in adjusting to their host country and cultural nuances. FIE encourages students to reflect that as a study abroad student, you bring more than just physical belongings with you to the host country, but also your personal culture, background, experience, values, interests, and identity.

FIE seeks to support students with their adjustment process as much as possible. As you are preparing to apply for your FIE study abroad programme, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns and support needs around aspects related to your identity, such as diversity, background, LGBTQ+, religion and faith, first generation, disabilities, veteran or any other aspects related to your own self.

If you are interested in setting up a time to talk with an FIE staff member about these concerns, please email our Diversity & Inclusivity Leads at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.