The Royal Drawing School welcomes all international students. Please contact the British Council in your region for further advice on how to apply to study in the UK (you can find a British Council Worldwide menu at the bottom of the British Council homepage). You can also check the Home Office or UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) websites for detailed visa information and application advice.

Students applying from a country within the EU/EEA who have not lived in the UK before 31st December 2020 and do not have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme should apply using the International Application Form*. If you are selected for the interview stage on the application process, you will be expected to attend a face-to-face interview at the School along with all UK applicants. 


If you are already in the UK on a Tier 1 or 2 visa and are not restricted from studying, you are welcome to apply as an international applicant but you will need to provide evidence of this permission before enrolling on the course. 

If you do not have a Tier 1 or 2 visa, from Spring 2021 onwards in order to enrol on The Foundation Year, international students will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. It is important to note that there is a limit to the amount of time you can study in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa. You should therefore plan your study carefully to ensure you can complete the course which runs for ten months from September to June.

Q. How do I qualify for a Tier 4 (General) student visa?
In order to qualify for a Tier 4 (General) student visa you must have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS number) from a fully licensed Tier 4 sponsor. The Royal Drawing School will be your sponsor and will provide you with a CAS number once your place on the course has been offered and accepted**. You must also have enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs.

CAS number

1 / 
Full fee payment
In order to obtain your CAS number you must pay the full course fees of £19,950 for The Foundation Year course. (Please see the bottom of this page for our refunds policy.)

In order for the Royal Drawing School to issue you a CAS number, you must email the following information and documentation to

2 / Copy of your passport / current visa 
You must provide us with full-colour legible copies of your passport photo page and any current or past UK study visas. Please provide all relevant passport pages if you have had visas on more than one passport.

3 / Bank statement
You must provide bank statements as evidence of your ability to cover your living expenses whilst studying at the Royal Drawing School. For students applying to study in 2019/20 the figure set by U.K. Government is £1,265 per month. You must provide evidence of funds equal to every calendar month of study (10 months). If your study time includes a partial month, this is rounded up. Even if you are studying for longer, you need only provide evidence equivalent to ten months of living expenses. This totals £12,650 for 2019/20. The full amount of money must be held in the account for at least 28 consecutive days.

Please note The closing balance must not be more than 31 days old on the date you submit your visa application form and pay the visa application fee of £500 to the UK Home Office. Any financial statements that belong to a third party should to be linked to you by the provision of proof of your relationship.

4 / Previous academic qualifications
You must provide us with scanned high resolution copies of your previous academic qualifications, along with certified translations where necessary.

5 / Academic reference
You will need to provide us with an academic reference written in English by your current or most recent school or higher education provider, either on official headed-paper, or via email from an official education provider’s address direct to

6 / English language qualifications

Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. This means passing a secure English language test (SELT). Applicants will need to pass at level B1 SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking from an approved provider. Click here for UKVI approved providers. The Royal Drawing School requires evidence of achieving a score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 5.0 in all four areas of the IELTS

The School only accept other means of assessment in lieu of SELT if:

  • The applicant holds a degree level qualification from, OR are a national (passport holder) of: Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts & Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent & the Grenadines; Trinidad & Tobago; UK; USA; 
  • The applicant has studied in the UK before as a Tier 4 (Child) student; 
  • The applicant is applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a university degree course in the USA

International Course Fees

Course fees for the Academic year 2020-21 are £19,950. This fee includes a non-refundable administration fee of £500.

International fee payment
In order for the Royal Drawing School to issue international students a CAS number, course fees must be paid in full (which includes a non-refundable administration fee of £500) within 10 days of a formal offer. Please note that should Tier 4 visa applications be unsuccessful, course fees will be fully refunded excluding the £500 administration fee. For more information see the International Refunds and Fees Policy.

International refunds
Refunds are not given to international students on a Tier 1, Tier 2 or a Tier 4 (General) student visa once the course has started, unless the student has approved extenuating circumstances (see Extenuating Circumstances Policy). A refund of 75% of the course fee (excluding the administration fee) can be arranged if the applicant withdraws before the 1 August i.e. £14,587.50. A refund of 50% of the course fee (excluding the administration fee) can be arranged if the applicant withdraws before the 1st September i.e. £9725.

*This information is subject to change due to ongoing political negotiations. Please return to this page for the most up to date information on the visa status of EU/EEA citizens applying to study in the UK.

**Subject to UKVI approval