International Students Enrolment Information

If you are an international student from outside the EEA / Switzerland OR you are a student subject to immigration control OR a fee assessment was conducted during your application process AND you are going to be studying in the UK at one of our University campuses, you will be subject to personalised enrolment checks before you are able to complete online enrolment. Enrolment informaiton for EEA and Swiss students is the same as that for Home students, and you can find this information on the Getting Started pages.

Please note that information on this page is subject to change for different intakes throughout the year and in line with updates to policy and process. You are advised to continue to check back for updates. This page was last updated on 28th August 2018.

If you are an international student attending the University of South Wales for the first time, or you have studied with us previously and are progressing to a new course, before you will be able to enrol online you must:

Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) / Biometric Identity Document (BID) card from Immigration and International Student Advice (IISA)
If you are a student being sponsored under the Tier 4 Points Based System (PBS) you will need to collect your BID / BRP before you are able to enrol. If your BID / BRP will not available before you are due to enrol, please contact the IISA team who will advise you further. For further information and contact details for the IISA team, please see the information on BID collection.

Attend your induction session.
You will need to attend the correct campus for your induction session. Please visit the following link for full details of the timetable of the induction session.

Complete personalised enrolment checks at Pontypridd Campus
At your personal enrolment check session, you will be expected to provide originals of the following documentation, which will be copied and scanned and kept on your student record:

If you are unable to provide an original passport or original valid visa you will be referred to the Immigration and International Student Advice team who will assist you and provide advice for your individual situation.

If you are an international non-EU student, studying on a Tier 4 visa at one of our South Wales campuses, you must have a commutable term time address in the South Wales/South West area in order to attend the University. Therefore, you will also be expected to provide contact details including:

  • your overseas ‘home’ address
  • your UK ‘term-time’ address
  • a UK telephone number

Once you have completed online enrolment, you will be issued with your Student ID card. The University of South Wales Student SMART ID card is multi-purpose and acts as your University identification, Library card, Door Entry card and allows you access to University services and facilities. For full information, please see the information available on UniLife.

International Welcome Programme
If you are attending the University of South Wales for the first time, you are encouraged to attend the International Welcome Programme (IWP).The International Welcome Programme is an important social orientation programme that runs each September and February. It includes events, activities and information sessions to help acclimatise new international students to living and learning in the UK during the main University arrival period. Feedback from attendees showed that 100% of students recommend that new students should take part in the IWP. For more details, please follow this link.

Immigration and International Student Advice Team
The Immigration & International Student Advice team’s main area of expertise is in the immigration law and rules and offer specialised advice and information for international students and their dependants. They also offer a dedicated advice service for non-academic, welfare-related matters and endeavour to provide opportunities that improve the international student experience and promote internationalisation both on and off campus. For advice and guidance on immigration matters, Arrival Services and the International Welcome Programme please visit their Essential pre-departure information.

If you are an international student, or a student who is subject to immigration control, returning to enrol on the next year of your course at the University of South Wales, or you are required to repeat elements of your course, before you will be able to enrol online you must:

Pay 50% of your course fees. Please see the informaiton on the Payment Hub on how to pay or contact Revenue on 01443 483340. If you are a sponsored student, please bring confirmation of payment of fees or evidence of who is paying your fees i.e. a letter from your sponsor.

Attend your campus induction session.
You will need to attend the correct campus for your induction session. Please visit the following link for full details of the timetable of the induction sessions.

Complete personalised enrolment checks at Pontypridd Campus
At your personal enrolment check session, you will be expected to provide originals of the following documentation, which will be copied and scanned and kept on your student record:

If you are unable to provide an original passport or original valid visa you will be referred to the Immigration and International Student Advice team who will assist you and provide advice for your individual situation.

If you are an international non-EU student, studying on a Tier 4 visa at one of our South Wales campuses, you must have a commutable term time address in the South Wales/South West area in order to attend the University. Therefore, you will also be expected to provide contact details including:

  • your overseas ‘home’ address
  • your UK ‘term-time’ address
  • a UK telephone number

Student ID cards

The Student ID card issued to you when you first enrolled at the University will be valid for the duration of your studies, and we will not issue a new one each year. If you card has been lost, stolen or damaged, please follow the informaiton on what you need to do next on UniLife.

If you are a student being sponsored under Tier 4, as well as making sure your class attendance and submission requirements are met, you will also be required to scan your attendance every 7 days during term time. Term times can vary depending on the course you are studying, so it is important that you check the dates with your Campus Administration Team or Advice Zone.

The University’s biometric attendance monitoring system will use mathematical algorithms to read and recognise your finger and so, at enrolment, you will be invited to register your fingerprint. For more information on why and how the University monitors attendance for international students please see the Student Administration information on Attendance Monitoring.

Full-time Postgraduate Students starting in September
If you enrol onto a full-time postgraduate course, which commences in September and you are studying on a Tier 4 visa, you are expected to remain in the UK, specifically within South Wales, until your course completion date, adhering to compulsory University Tier 4 attendance monitoring procedures for the duration of your course.

Further information about your responsibilities as a Tier 4 sponsored student can be found on the Immigration and International Student Advice Unilife page.

Student Absence
It is not expected that students on undergraduate or postgraduate taught courses should request absence from their studies. However, there may be exceptional and/or unforeseen circumstances that may require a student to be absent from studies. For more information please see the University’s Student Absence information and application page.

For further information please see our Online Enrolment UniLife informaiton.