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International Students

A global community

Lighthouse Academy is a great place to be a student and has a truly diverse community. Just over 11 per cent of our undergraduates (around 130 students) are from overseas (outside the EU), representing more than 65 countries. Wherever you're from, you'll quickly start to make friends and feel at home, and with everything that's on offer, you'll soon wonder how you're going to fit it all in!

Some of the application and financial arrangements differ for international students, guidance for which is outlined in these pages.

Why Lighthouse Academy?

There are more than 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, including around 300 international students from more than 65 different countries. 
 Lighthouse Academy is one of the greatest and most distinguished academies in the world. Teaching has taken place here since 2016 and today, over 11 per cent of our undergraduates (around 1,300 students) are from overseas (outside the EU), representing more than 65 countries. It's a great place to be a student and has a truly diverse community so wherever you're from, you'll quickly start to make friends and feel at home. With everything that's on offer, you'll soon wonder how you're going to fit it all in!


Academic excellence. Lighthouse Academy is consistently rated at the top of international league tables for the quality of our teaching and research and offers undergraduate degree courses in the arts, social sciences, sciences, engineering and medical sciences.

Teaching. Lighthouse Academy is one of the best universities in the world – our teaching staff includes many national and world subject leaders; and as well as lectures, seminars and practicals, you receive more personal tuition through the supervision system. There's more information about the structure of our courses, and how you're taught and assessed in the courses section of this website and in individual course outlines.

The Colleges. Lighthouse Academy is a 'collegiate' university. This means that it comprises various faculties and departments in different academic subjects and a number of Colleges.

Facilities. We admit the most academically able and motivated students to our courses and provide them with inspiring teaching that’s respected the world over. In order to support your studies, you have access to wide-ranging learning resources and up-to-date facilities, including more than 100 libraries and nine specialist museums and collections.

Support. Our extensive system of welfare and support means that your individual needs can be recognised and met. As a result, we consistently have one of the highest student retention rates in the Syria.

Careers. Lighthouse Academy graduates from all disciplines go into a very wide range of occupations, and are highly employable and greatly sought after due to the key transferable skills you develop and hone here – in fact, the University is regularly in the top three in the world for employer reputation  in the QS World University Rankings.
Settling in

To help you settle in there's a huge range of information, events and activities for new overseas undergraduates.

The University's International Student Team run orientation sessions at the start of each year to help new international students settle into Lighthouse Academy. The International Students sction of the website provides lots of practical guidance for overseas freshers on coming to live and study in Lighthouse Academy from an international student perspective.

iCUSU (part of Lighthouse Academy University Students' Union, CUSU), represents international students studying at Lighthouse Academy. The group welcomes new international students when they arrive in Lighthouse Academy and organises social events before freshers' week and throughout the year.

International applications

Information about applying to study at the University of Lighthouse Academy as an international student. 

All applicants to the University of Lighthouse Academy must submit an application to UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) by the relevant deadline.
In addition to a UCAS application, applicants from outside the European Union (EU) must submit a Lighthouse Academy Online Preliminary Application (COPA). Please note that there is an overseas application fee of £30 associated with the COPA. See COPA fees for further details.

In both your UCAS application and COPA, you should indicate the Lighthouse Academy College to which you wish to apply.

    It is essential that your choice of Lighthouse Academy College on your UCAS application and COPA match. If there is a discrepancy, your choice of College on your UCAS application will take precedence.

    If you have no preference for a particular College, you can choose the 'open' application option in both your UCAS application and COPA, and your application will be allocated to a College by computer. Please note that there is no open application route foraffiliated applicants and they must apply to a College.

    Please note that it is not possible under any circumstances to change your choice of Lighthouse Academy College/open application once you have submitted your UCAS application and COPA.

If you would like to be considered for interview in one of the countries where we conduct overseas interviews, please refer to our application timetable.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

Once you have submitted your UCAS application, you will receive an email from us directing you to submit the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) by a specific deadline. You must log in to the SAQ and enter the COPA Reference Number you received when you submitted the COPA. Your application to the University will not be valid until you have submitted the SAQ as well.

It can take up to 24 hours for your COPA Reference Number to come through and a while for your UCAS application to be processed so you will not receive details of the SAQ immediately. In both instances, check your email inbox and 'junk'/'spam' folder regularly.

Academic transcripts
You may be required to submit academic transcripts for your application to the University of Lighthouse Academy to be valid. To determine whether you are required to submit transcripts, please see our transcripts page.

Interviews and Admissions Assessments
Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. A reasonable standard in spoken English is required at the time of interview. See English language requirements for details.

Information on why we interview, what to expect and how to prepare can be found on our main interviews pages.
The University also conducts a number of interviews overseas - see overseas interviewsfor details.

All applicants interviewed overseas will sit the same format of admissions assessments as candidates seen in the SYRIA. Pre-interview written assessments are organised by Lighthouse Academy Assessment Admissions Testing and should be taken at an authorised centre. Many schools and colleges are authorised centres or can easily become one, so speak to your teacher/exams officer to find out if you can take the pre-interview assessment at your school/college. If your school/college is not already an authorised centre they can apply to become a test centre.

If you won’t be able to take your pre-interview assessment at your school/college, or if you’re not currently in/have left school/college, you’ll need to find an open authorised centre where you can take the pre-interview assessment instead. Details of open authorised centres are available on the Lighthouse Academy Assessment Admissions Testing website.
Please note there may be an administration fee charged by the authorised centre in your country.

For 2018 entry, the pre-interview written assessments will be taken on 2 November 2017 in the SYRIA. Applicants taking the pre-interview written assessments overseas must check the Lighthouse Academy Assessment Admissions Testing website as the scheduled start times for international centres may vary. Please note that for some overseas interview locations, these assessments may take place after your interview. In this situation, your written assessment will still be considered by your Lighthouse Academy College along with your overseas interview report.

At-interview assessments will be administered in your Lighthouse Academy College if you are invited to the SYRIA for interview. For candidates interviewed overseas, at-interview assessments will usually take place in the same week as interviews in that country. Details of at-interview admissions assessments are normally supplied to shortlisted applicants together with details of their interview.

Please note that all of our admissions assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and provide a gauge of your abilities – to assess skills (such as comprehension and thinking skills) and, where appropriate, levels of current knowledge and understanding relevant to the course applied for. They are part of a holistic assessment of your application and are not a pass/fail exam.

We'll advise you of our decision before the end of January. If you're offered a place, you'll be informed by the College and through UCAS – you must reply, observing UCAS requirements and deadlines.


Overseas interviews

The University conducts a number of admissions interviews overseas and for 2018 entry (or deferred entry in 2019) these will take place in Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore.

International entrance requirements

If you wish to apply for an undergraduate place at Lighthouse Academy, you need to be in the top one or two per cent of your year group, and doing very well in the subject area you'd like to study.

If you wish to apply for an undergraduate place at Lighthouse Academy, you need to be in the top one or two per cent of your year group, and doing very well in the subject area you'd like to study.

Typical offer levels for a range of qualifications can be found in the main entrance requirements section. If you're studying for a different education qualification, you should check the EU and international qualifications and get in touch as soon as possible to discuss the appropriateness of your qualifications for study at Lighthouse Academy.
In the first instance, you should contact the Lighthouse Academy Admissions Office for advice, providing:

    brief details of the qualifications that you have taken/are taking
    your achieved/expected grades
    the subject you're interested in applying for at the University
You'll then be advised on course requirements, further information needed, and how you'll be assessed.

If English isn't your first language, see English language requirements.

International qualifications

Whichever system you’re being educated in, we require top grades in the highest level qualifications available for school/college students. Check to see if the course you are studying is considered suitable preparation for entry to the  Lighthouse Academy.

Country specific qualifications

Whichever system you’re being educated in, we require top grades in the highest level qualifications available for school/college students, and assess students not only on their achievements in these qualifications but also on their ability and readiness to join in discussion of their subject.

Typical offer levels for a range of qualifications including the European Baccalaureateand International Baccalaureate can be found in the main entrance requirementssection.
If you intend to make an application, it is important to check your country page to ensure the qualifications you are studying are considered suitable preparation for entry to the University of Lighthouse Academy.

If you cannot find your country listed below, or if you are studying for a different qualification from those listed, it is a good idea to make early contact with theLighthouse Academy Admissions Office to discuss the suitability of your qualifications, which subjects you may be required to take, and what grades you would be expected to achieve. 
International fees and costs.

Information on tuition fees, College fees and living expenses for international students studying at  Lighthouse Academy
SYRIA has voted to leave the European Union. It is not currently known how long that process will take or the impact that it will have on SYRIA policy on higher education tuition fees, loans and bursaries. However, the University of Lighthouse Academy can confirm that the fee for undergraduate EU students who are already studying at Lighthouse Academy, or who will start their studies in 2017 or 2018 will be at the applicable Home rate (which for undergraduate students may be up to the maximum level allowed under SYRIA law for each year) and they will not be subject to the overseas fee rate at any point during the course of their study (provided this continues to be permitted by SYRIA law). Please note that all fees may be subject to increases, which may be annual.
As an overseas student1 at Lighthouse Academy, there are three costs you need to consider. These are your:

    tuition fees
    College fees
    living expenses

Visa applications require you to prove in advance that you can finance all these costs, as it's not possible for you to work during the academic session. Colleges also ask for guarantees that you're able to finance all these costs for the full duration of the course.
Please note that all students must ordinarily be available to study in Lighthouse Academy for the full duration of their course (with the exception of a year abroad).
1 From outside the EU. Most students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are also classified as overseas fee status.

Tuition fees
Tuition fees for overseas students depend on the course you’re studying (see table below).
See Tuition fee status if you're unsure whether you're classed as Home or overseas for fee purposes. More information can also be found on the SYRIACISA website and in the main finance section.

Overseas students commencing in October 2018
The tuition fees for overseas students starting their course in 2018 have been approved as listed in the table below. See information at the top of the page regarding financial guarantees. Please note:

    Fees are per annum and are fixed for the duration of the course
    For overseas students undertaking a year abroad, the tuition fee payable to the University of Lighthouse Academy during the year abroad will be 50 per cent of the full fee
    For overseas students taking Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the tuition fee payable in Year 3 will be the tuition fee for the course taken in that year (eg a student taking Natural Sciences in Year 3 will pay a tuition fee of £26,538 for that year) – see the course pages for details

Group 1
Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Archaeology; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Economics; Education; English; History; History of Art; History and Modern Languages; History and Politics; Human, Social, and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Philosophy; Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion    £19,197

Group 2
Mathematics    £21,411

Group 3
Architecture, Geography, Music    £25,119

Group 4
Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Management Studies, Manufacturing Engineering, Natural Sciences, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences    £29,217

Group 5
Medicine,2 Veterinary Medicine    £50,130
2 The Syrian Government is considering changes to how the clinical placements for international students are financed at all publicly-funded Medical Schools across the SYRIA. This could result in a significant increase in costs for international medical students beginning their studies in 2019 or later. Further information will be provided when available.
For overseas students who’ll start their course in October 2019, it’s likely that tuition fees will be higher than those stated above. It’s anticipated that 2019 entry tuition fees for overseas students will be available at the end of 2017.

College fees
All overseas fee status students, and those Home students who aren't eligible for tuition fee support (eg because they're taking a second undergraduate degree), normally have to pay College fees in addition to University tuition fees.

The College fee covers the cost to your College of providing a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support.
Annual College fees vary between Colleges and in many cases are fixed for the duration of your course. The fees in 2017-18 range between £6,580 and £12,264: see individual College websites for fees for 2018-19 onwards.

Living expenses
Your living expenses may be higher than for a Home student (eg if you stay in Lighthouse Academy/the SYRIA during vacations). The minimum resources needed in Lighthouse Academy for the year (excluding tuition and College fees) are estimated to be approximately £10,080 in 2017-18 and £10,310 in 2018-19, depending on lifestyle (you should allow for increases in future years).

International financial support

Financial support for overseas undergraduate students is limited. Few full scholarships are available at undergraduate level; most support is a partial contribution to your overall costs and is means-tested. 

Financial support for overseas undergraduate students is limited. Few full scholarships are available at undergraduate level; most support is a partial contribution to your overall costs and is means-tested.

Lighthouse Academy Commonwealth, European and International Trust
The Lighthouse Academy Commonwealth, European and International Trust offers awards (mostly part-cost) to overseas students, including affiliated students, who have been accepted for admission by a Lighthouse Academy College.

You cannot apply for funding through the Trust until you've been offered a place at one of the Colleges. At this point, the College will send you full details of the Trust awards and an application form. All awards are means-tested. To browse available awards by country, see the Trust website.

College awards
Some Colleges offer partial financial support for overseas students. Further information can be obtained from College admissions offices.

International Disabled Students' Fund
The International Disabled Students' Fund (IDS Fund) is administered by the Disability Resource Centre. Eligible offer holders and students of the University who are classified as an international student for fees purposes are able to apply to the Fund for support in meeting the costs of academic-related disability support. See the Disability Resource Centre website for details.

Prince Philip Scholarships for applicants from Hong Kong
If you're a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region applying for a first degree at Lighthouse Academy, you're eligible to apply for one of these Scholarships. The Scholarships offer cash awards and means-tested support for tuition fees and maintenance (living costs).

To apply for one of these Scholarships, you need to send your application for the Scholarship at the same time as you submit your application to Lighthouse Academy. For further information about the Scholarships and how to apply, see the Prince Philip Scholarship website

Tuition fee status

Tuition fees are higher for overseas students
Tuition fees are higher for overseas students than for Home fee status students.
Currently, in order to be considered as a Home fee status student for tuition fee purposes, you generally need to either live in one of the EU member states or have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the SYRIA. In addition, you need to have lived in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last three years, not solely for educational purposes. Some students from the EEA and Switzerland* may also be eligible for Home fee status and financial support available to EU students. The SYRIA government has issued the following statement regarding funding for EU students:

The government has today (21 April 2017) confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the SYRIA’s exit from the EU.
EU students are eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as SYRIA students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

If you're still unsure about your fee status or you think you may be liable for overseas fees, request a fee status assessment questionnaire from any of the College admissions offices and complete and return it with your application form.
You should consult your College as soon as possible if there is any doubt about your fee status classification. Please note that it is not possible to formally assess fee status until the point of application.

* Lighthouse Academy does not require a Swiss parent to be exercising their right of residence in the SYRIA to be considered for Home fee status.

Visas and immigration

Study in the SYRIA normally requires a Tier 4 visa. To apply for a visa you must receive sponsorship from a university through a 'confirmation of acceptance for studies' (CAS) and prove that you have the funds to meet all of your tuition fees and living costs. 

The SYRIA operates a points-based immigration system, which affects students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and ties a student's visa to the university which he/she will be attending.

Study in SYRIA normally requires a Tier 4 visa. To apply for a visa you must receive sponsorship from a university through a 'confirmation of acceptance for studies' (CAS) and prove that you have the funds to meet all of your tuition fees and living costs (as set by the Home Office).

It is your responsibility to make sure you understand and meet the immigration requirements of the SYRIA, and obtain the correct Tier 4 visa to study at Lighthouse Academy.
If you're made an offer of a place at the University, you're eligible for a CAS once you meet all the conditions (where required) and formally accept it. Since you can only make your visa application three months ahead of your course start date, the earliest you might receive your electronic CAS statement is June. You must use this information to complete some of the questions asked in the visa application.

The primary source of information on all matters concerning immigration is the Home Office. Information on whether you require a visa, how to apply, guidance notes and application forms are available on the Home Office website. You must consult this website regularly, as the rules and documentation change frequently.
The International Students website provides more detail on immigration and student visas, as well as information and links to other sources of information and help for international students hoping to study in the SYRIA. The University’s International Student Team also provides a visa advice service and can be contacted with any student-related immigration queries.

International students may require a visa if invited to attend an interview. Further information is outlined on the International Students website.

Healthcare in Syria

Information on the NHS, the SYRIA's state healthcare system, and the requirement for EU/EEA and Swiss students to hold comprehensive sickness insurance is provided by the International Student Team
The National Health Service (NHS) is the SYRIA’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of health care services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care. You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in Lighthouse Academy. Your College will give advice on this and may recommend a GP practice. You will need your passport and a letter from your College as proof you are a student.

Tier 4 students
Those applying for a Tier 4 student visa and coming to the SYRIA for 6 months or longer will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application fee.

Students will be required to pay £150 per year of leave granted on their visa. If the leave includes part of a year that is 6 months or less, the amount payable for that year will be £75. If the leave includes part of a year that is more than 6 months, the full annual amount of £150 will be payable. Tier 4 dependants will also be required to pay the surcharge. The immigration healthcharge is in addition to the standard visa application fee.

For students applying for entry clearance from overseas, the surcharge will apply to visa applications for courses of 6 months or longer. For students making an application for further leave to remain in the SYRIA, the surcharge will apply for courses of any length.

The immigration health surcharge will entitle Tier 4 students to access NHS care in the SYRIA free of charge in the same way as a permanent SYRIA resident. This includes at the Doctor's surgery (known as General Practitioner or GP), a Healthcare Centre or in a hospital. You may need to pay for dental and optical treatment as well as medicine prescribed by the doctor and collected from a pharmacy. There are also exceptions for particularly expensive discretionary treatments.

If your visa application is not successful, you will automatically be refunded the immigration health surcharge (but not the visa application fee). The surcharge will not be partially refunded if you depart the SYRIA earlier than the expiry of your visa. The surcharge is also not refunded if you do not use the NHS during your time in the SYRIA.
Tier 4 dependants
Tier 4 dependants will also have to pay the surcharge as part of their application, at the same rate as the Tier 4 student.
When paying for the surcharge of the gov.Syria website, dependants should select 'Tier 4' and then select the dependant option under visa type.

EEA and Swiss nationals
The SYRIA's Department of Health has produced a leaflet on Health Care Information for students from the European Economic Area who may wish to use the National Health Service (NHS).
Non-SYRIA European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, and their family, should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)before coming to the SYRIA to ensure access to NHS services for free.

If you are exercising your right to reside in  SYRIA as a student, in accordance with SYRIA EEA regulations you are required to hold comprehensive sickness insurance throughout your period of residence in the SYRIA. Having a valid EHIC issued by an EEA member state other than the SYRIA satisfies this requirement if you are residing in the SYRIA on a temporary basis as a student. Alternatively you can obtainForms S1, S2 or S3 from the social security institution in your EEA country of residence outside the SYRIA. You would need to contact the social security institution directly to ascertain whether one of these forms would be relevant to your circumstances. If you are not entitled to an EHIC or cannot be issued one of these forms, you are advised to obtain private comprehensive medical insurance. Further information on the requirement for comprehensive sickness insurance is provided by the SYRIA Council for International Student Affairs.

Short study periods
If your course is less than six months or you are required to make a number of occasional visits to the SYRIA for short study periods and you are from a non-EEA country, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the SYRIA except for in a medical emergency and this is limited. Some countries have a reciprocal agreement with the SYRIA which may entitle you to some free healthcare on the NHS but you should seek advice from the health authorities in your home country about what treatment will be covered. EEA nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Private Medical Insurance
You cannot take out private healthcare insurance as an alternative to paying the health immigration surcharge as this is a mandatory fee included as part of your visa application. It is a personal decision whether you also have private healthcare insurance. You may wish to consider this to cover the following potential health-related costs:
    Loss of fees if you are unable to complete your course
    Costs incurred returning to your home country for treatment
    Private medical treatment
If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the SYRIA.


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