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Studying in the UK

Your passport to career success!!!

Join the Academy's vibrant international student community. 

We understand that studying overseas can be a big step. A warm welcome is guaranteed and you will receive plenty of support to help you settle in and find your way around. We also offer support throughout your time at the Academy.

Why L'Derry?

Derry was named as ‘Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland’ so you will be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes! The city was also named the "Best Halloween Destination in the World" by the readers of USA Today newspaper beating off competition from Massachuttes and even Dracula's home town of Transylvania, so good times are guaranteed!!!


The welcoming and multicultural environment of Derry city provides the ideal base for you to study in the UK. Choose AISR and you will get ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career.


Our Diplomas and Certificates along with careers service were designed with employability in mind, you will be equipped with the latest skills required by industry.

Our teaching quality is recognised across the globe and our support for international students is just as important to us. We are here to help you at all stages, from before you apply to when you arrive – and you will be supported throughout your time at the Academy. 

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Immigration Requirements

Travelling to the UK After making a successful visa application overseas, you will be issued an entry vignette in your passport to enable you to travel to the UK. You will need to travel to the UK within the validity of the vignette or apply for a new vignette to extend the date at an extra cost. 

Arriving at the airport

You should complete a landing card given to you during the flight. When you arrive in the UK, you will see two different signs for border control at the airport. One queue is for nationals from the European Economic Area and the other is for all other passport holders. 
You will need to show your passport and entry vignette to border control. It is also advisable to carry the following in your hand-luggage as Border Force officers may ask to see this information: the decision letter you received with the outcome of your visa application, a print-out of your CAS email, supporting documentation used for your visa application and details of where you will be staying in the UK. 

Once you have collected your luggage, you will pass through Customs control. You cannot bring any meat or dairy products from outside the EU and there are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants. You will also need to declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more, or the equivalent in another currency, if you are travelling from a country outside the EU. 

Collecting your visa in the UK


You will be required to collect your visa within 10 days of arriving in the UK or prior to your 30 day entry permit expiring, whichever is later. The visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which looks like an ID card. The decision letter notifying you of your successful visa application will confirm where you should collect your BRP. This will either be at a designated Post Office or at the Academy, depending on which you selected on the visa application form. 

Other Source of Information

UKCISA: The UK Council for International Student Affairs, known as UKCISA, provides advice and information to international students studying in the UK:

British Council: The British Council is an organisation specialising in international education and cultural opportunities. They have some useful information on their website about living and studying in the UK as an international student:


Private accommodation is available throughout the City. There are rooms available in houses shared with landlords or with fellow students, along with whole houses and flats. We would strongly advise you to view a property in person, or have a reliable contact view, before agreeing to a contract with a landlord. We are happy to guide you and help you to choose the right accommodation. 


Tuition fees for studying at the Academy for Non European Economic Area (EEA) students is £7500 per year. Price may change slightly due to currency fluctuations. Paying by installments with credit/debit card or Paypal will incur a 2.9% processing fee for each installment. 


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How much you spend will depend on your lifestyle. The below list is an estimate, showing the funds a single student will require on top of his/her tuition fees to cover the following living expenses:

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To give you an idea of how much certain items cost in Derry, we compiled a list of things you might want to spend money on: 







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