International Study Centre

A student in a bright, glass room on Aberdeen's campus.

Prepare to study

You’ve received an offer, what next?

Applying and receiving an offer is the start of your journey to study with us, there are a few more steps you need to take before we see you on campus.

Important things to do before you arrive

Important things to do before you arrive

Pay your confirmation fee and return your signed acceptance form to confirm your offer.

You can apply for your CAS up to six months before your course start date (three months if you are in the UK)

a. Book and take your Pre-CAS interview (if required)  

b. Pay any fees due - check the information in your payment plan in your offer letter  

c. Provide any outstanding documents - your insurance information, emergency contact details, any study gap information (if applicable), living arrangement confirmation form and previous UK Visa history (if applicable) 

d. Receive your CAS preview. Sign and return it  

e. Submit your financial or bank documents You must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your visa and take your UKVI interview. 

If you have requested accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly regarding the options available. 

We recommend for the best student experience and to focus on your studies that you live close to the Centre but you must live no further than a 60-minute commutable distance from the Centre.

Receive your visa and book your travel. When booking your travel, make sure you arrive before your first day of term, so you don’t miss our valuable induction programme. Accommodation with the International Study Centre is usually available two days before the start of term.

It is essential all international students have the protection of personal insurance while studying in the UK. You can take out our StudyCare cover or arrange your own.

In your first week, you will take part in orientation activities and get to know the people and places around you. These normally include tours, information talks, and team games. You will receive further information when your place at the International Study Centre is confirmed.

Important dates

You must request your CAS by the published deadlines as per below. Please note that these CAS request deadlines are based on standard visa processing times and are set in conjunction with the University. For the Undergraduate Foundation Programme, the CAS will be issued by Study Group and for other programmes (International Year Two and Pre-Masters Programme), the Combined visa (iCAS) is issued by the University of Aberdeen.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme start date: 26th September

You must request your CAS by the published deadlines below, at the latest.

CAS deadlines for Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Undergraduate Foundation Programme
26th September
19th August 202226th August 20222nd September 20229th September 2022
November intake 28th November21st October 202228th October 20224th November 202211th November 2022




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For United Kingdom onshore students (already in the UK) the CAS deadline is 16th September 2022. For the 28th November start date, the UK onshore deadline will be 18th November 2022.

iCAS deadlines

Pre-Masters Programme start date: 31st August

For the Combined visa (iCAS) programmes, you must submit your documents by July 22nd 2022 to become unconditional (and accept offer if not already completed). After that, the final deadline to be CAS ready is July 25th 2022.

International Year Two start date: 26th September

For the Combined visa (iCAS) programmes, you must submit your documents by August 22nd 2022 to become unconditional (and accept offer if not already completed). After that, the final deadline to be CAS ready August 24th, 2022.