The following document details the procedure to be followed in the event that a student wishes to attend an academic course at London Waterloo Academy.
The exact steps followed will depend on the particular student and their requirements and the list is not meant to be exhaustive.
- Students will only be admitted to a study course with relevant documents(Visa) from the Home Office if required due to their national status and/ or entitlement to be in the UK.
- Copies of relevant education certificates and transcripts as a confirmation of a language level achieved by the moment of enrolment to London Waterloo Academy (translated andattested by the authorized representative or notary public).
It is compulsory for all students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and outside Switzerland who are coming to the UK for studies to apply for student entry clearance (visa) at a British Embassy/ High Commission in their country/ city before they travel to the UK. Obtaining a visa can be quite a long process so we advise you to apply as soon as you have received Offer letter from the Academy.
Academy only accepts international students for a short term programmes (up to 11 months General English courses or up to 6 months other courses) – so you can apply for a Student Visitor visa.
Application forms and advice about the visa process can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration. Please note that some countries have different procedures for visa applications.
What is a visa?
If you are not a British Citizen or a citizen of one of the EEA countries, you may need entry clearance before you travel to the UK.
Entry clearance is the formal term to describe the application process for visa nationals who wish to travel to the UK and for non-visa nationals who intend to stay longer, or settle in the UK. The entry clearance certificate, more commonly called a visa, is placed in your passport to travel document. Normally, you may enter and leave the UK as many times as you like during the validity of your visa.
The visa tells the immigration officer at a UK port of arrival:
- The purpose of you travel
- How long you can stay in the UK
- The latest date you can enter the UK
Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
If you are a national of a European Economic Area country or of Switzerland, you are free to enter the UK without applying for entry clearance (visa) and have the right of residence for the duration of your programme.
The following countries are a part of the European Economic Area (as the list stands in May 2010): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
What do I need to apply for a visa?
- A completed visa application form available from UK Visas an Immigration website.
- An original unconditional enrolment letter from the Academy
- Proof of qualifications – the visa office requires original certificates as proof of appropriate qualifications.
- Proof of personal funds for course fees and living expenses while in the UK.
You must inform us immediately if your contact details change (home address, telephone numbers or personal email address).
High attendance is compulsory. You must comply with our attendance policy.
We will support you through the visa application process by giving you the latest information and issuing appropriate letters and documents
We recommend that you do not buy your travel ticket until you have all the documents for entry
Application as a Student
New students will have to complete the Academy’s Application form for the relevant course/ qualifications. The application form will be send via email after we receive an enquiry on firstname.lastname@example.org. A deposit or full fee needs to be submitted after acceptance confirmation. The students have to study a compulsory minimum number of subjects in each term.
Applications will be considered from candidates holding the qualifications prescribed for entrance, and from those who expect, through examinations taken before the course commences, to satisfy the entrance requirements.
Candidates will be required to have satisfied both the Academy’s general entrance requirements and the course requirements prescribed for admission to their chosen course of study.
The minimum general entrance requirement prescribed by the Academy is a pass in any course equivalent to the UK General Certificate of Education Examination
All candidates must also have a minimum English Language qualification equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages (CEFR) Level B2.
Selection criteria will be based on previous academic progress. Only those students who have successfully fulfilled the entrance selection standard will be offered their preferred course of study. The Assessment Board would be responsible for all selection procedures.
Acceptance letters will be sent by email and original letter will be sent by post.
Method of Payment
The methods of payment acceptable are Bank Drafts (in GB Pounds Sterling) made payable to London Waterloo Academy, Bank Transfers into our account or cheques.
Induction/Orientation for new students
The Academy helps new students to settle down both by sending them explanatory literature in advance and by arranging introductory meetings. During the first two days, there separate reception meetings for new students, in which they are addressed by the Principal, Tutors and Admin Officers of the Academy to acquaint new students with the wide range of facilities available for their use.
Advisory & Counselling Services
Student advisory services are available for Academy students who require assistance regarding their course/suitability of a course which will be helpful in their career selection. Our student Union staff are also trained to help students on issues like location of accommodation and price, difficulties in payments of fees, finding a local doctor to register with and make available a suitable counsellor (with confidentiality) for any problems you may have. London Waterloo Academy’s Staff are also happy to help you in the best possible way to guide and advise you on any matters.
In case of any course cancellations, the Academy refunds the course fees according to the Refund Policy. Further information on our refund policy is available on our website.