How to Apply

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all the preparations needed to study in the UK.

After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

Applying directly to the University

Using the Apply online button on our course pages is the preferred option for pathway applications. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

When you apply for a pathway programme, you must state which undergraduate or postgraduate degree you are intending to progress on to, upon successful completion of your programme.

English for University Studies

Please note, our online applications system is currently not in use. Click the below links to download a PDF application form for you to complete.

International Foundation Programmes 

Click the below links to complete an application online or download an application form.


Please note, our online applications system is currently not in use. Click the below links to download a PDF application form for you to complete.

If for any reason, you are not able to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to

Download application form

If you are accepted you will receive one offer letter for the International Foundation Programme or Pre-Masters, followed by the appropriate degree programme. Once you have successfully completed the International Foundation Programme or Pre-Masters and achieved the required grades, you can gain direct admission on to your chosen degree at Northumbria.

Supporting documents

In order for us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following:

  • Fully completed application form – your personal email address must be included on application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
  • Portfolio if required (Art, Design and Media portfolios only to be sent with application. Any other courses requiring a portfolio you will be notified how to send, after we receive your application). The portfolio should include a 15 page PDF document (10MB max) and comprise of:
    • A range of drawing styles
    • Some computer work
    • Colour exploration
    • Cultural inspiration
    • Multimedia exploration
    • Model-making/3D work
    • A collation of visual imagery

If you are applying online you can upload all relevant documents at point of application. If you are submitting a PDF application form, please enclose copies of all documents with your application form.

Application forms and guides

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