Advice for international students
Coronavirus update and international programmes
Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a strong history of welcoming international students and staff to the UK and they are very much part of our community. We understand that students and staff may be worried about the situation and we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. Ensuring the safety and welfare of our staff and students is our priority.
Admissions continue for the Extended Masters in (with a delayed campus start date of 27th July 2020) together with all programmes for the academic year 2020/2021 and there is currently every expectation that courses will go ahead as normal.
Wrexham Glyndwr University are committed to transparent and clear communication and we commit ourselves to keeping all applicants informed regarding future changes either directly or through their agent.
Applying, Visas and Enrolment
What is the main evidence I need to provide to make an application?
The main evidence needed are proof of identity, qualifications, and a valid Secure English Language Test which meet the required standards.
We ask you to upload copies of your passport, qualifications, and any IELTS certificates or equivalents that you may have to CenturusONE. We require full transcripts and certificates. Qualifications should be sent in their original language alongside certified translations if not already in the English language. We also require any references and work experience (if available). When submitting work experience, please ensure you include a detailed job description.
What do I need to bring to enrol?
In order to enrol you must bring original copies of all the evidence provided to us when making your application. This includes passport, visa, qualifications, certificates, English language certificates, confirmation of payment and any other documents shown in your application.
What do I need for a Tier 4 visa?
If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). A CAS is a unique reference number that you will need when you make your Tier 4 (General) student visa application. The CAS is confirmation of your unconditional offer of a place to study and the University’s commitment to sponsor you as a student. The CAS will enable the Home Office to look up secure online information about your application. We will send you a CAS number once you have accepted an academic unconditional offer of a place and paid the first year’s tuition fee.
Please note that the CAS cannot be issued more than six months before the start date of your intended programme. The earliest that you can use your CAS to apply for your visa is three months before your programme begins.
We will email your CAS number to you in what we call a 'CAS Statement'. This CAS Statement also confirms all the personal and course information that the university has sent to the Home Office. A CAS cannot be used more than once. If your visa is refused you must email the Immigration Compliance team on email@example.com
What is a GU Number?
A GU Number can be found on your conditional offer letter. When enquiring about the release of CAS it is a good idea to have your conditional offer with you and provide your GU number or date of birth alongside your name. This will allow us to find your application and answer any questions.
Your time in Wrexham
What are the rules regarding International students working in the UK?
Do I need to pay for healthcare while studying in the UK?
What clothing will I need?
Differences in electrical equipment?
Where can people stay who visit me while I am studying?
UK Visas and Immigration state if you are on a course at or above NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 at a UK higher education institution you are allowed to: work for up to 20 hours per week during term time; work full-time during vacations. The working week is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday. This means that during term-time Tier 4 students will be able to work a maximum of 20 hours in the 7 day period from Monday to Sunday. For more information please view the Home Office website.
If you are planning on studying for more than six months then yes. From 6 April 2015, the UKVI introduced new rules which means that you are required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge. From 8 January 2019 the amount required to pay per year is £300, when you submit your application you will input the dates of your studies in the UK and the system will calculate your fees for the duration of your course, the full amount will need to be paid when submitting your visa application. This applies to international students applying from within or outside of the UK.
European students are advised to obtain an EHIC card but we recommend that you also take out private insurance. This should be arranged before you travel.
A list of local GP’s can be found here.
The climate in the UK is changeable, temperatures range between -5 degrees centigrade in winter to 25 degrees centigrade in the summer but averages are between 2 and 17 degrees. UK weather is highly unpredictable; it can be wet, cold and windy one day, and sunny, warm and calm the next day. If you are studying in the UK for a full year or more, we advise you to bring a range of clothing that is suitable for the changing weather conditions.
Students should ideally bring with them t-shirts/shirts, warm sweaters, a raincoat, trousers/jeans and a strong comfortable pair of shoes for the winter months. Clothing is reasonably cheap in the UK and you can buy suitable clothes from any of the many clothes shops in Wrexham, but make sure you bring extra money with you to do so.
Voltage in the UK is 240 volts and all electrical appliances use a 3-pin plug, so you will need an adaptor to use any electrical equipment that you bring from home or you can buy items while you are in the UK. Laptop personal computers are expensive in the UK; we recommend that you buy one in your own country and bring it with you to the UK if you want a personal computer in your student accommodation.
Hotel accommodation is readily available in Wrexham and its surrounding area. Visitors generally use either The Lemon Tree hotel or The Grove Guest House. Both are within 15 minutes’ walk of the main campus. There is also a Premier Inn within 5-10 minutes’ walk from campus and adjacent to Wrexham General Train Station.
For additional help and advice (especially for short term visits to Wrexham) you may find the following external links useful. (Please note these links are external sites and we cannot, therefore, verify their content):
The Immigration Compliance Team have developed a detailed pre-arrival document for Tier 4 students which explains everything you need to know before you come to the UK and after you arrive. If you have any questions you can contact:
Students can find out more information in the university's Pre Arrival Guide 2020/21