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International Applicants

Join our vibrant international student community

You’ll be welcomed in a safe and supportive environment, perfect for you to learn and succeed.

Visas and Immigration

Support is at hand with your student visa application. Find out more about eligibility and studying in the UK.

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English Language Requirements

To be accepted onto a course at AECC University College, you will need to meet minimum standards in English.

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Bournemouth is renowned for its seaside resort atmosphere but there’s a lot more to this coastal town than its award-winning beach; from nightlife to sports, festivals and places of historic and natural interest, there’s plenty to inspire you and take part in.

Nestled in the southwest of England, Dorset is a county brimming with natural beauty and rich heritage. From its stunning Jurassic Coastline, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to quaint villages and rolling countryside, Dorset offers a captivating blend of landscapes.


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Meet Our Students

Open Days

Come along to one of our open days either virtually online or face-to-face on campus and talk with current students. Find out more about what it is like to live and study in Bournemouth, find out more about the courses we offer, the mixed methods of learning, and the rewards of academic life at AECC University College.

Blogs & Social Media

There’s other ways to meet our students and find out what life is like as a student in Bournemouth. There’s blog stories on our News pages as well as updates on our social media channels about activity on campus, as well as living and studying with us.

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Why Choose Us?

Did you know that roughly 40% of our students are international?  Studying alongside those on other courses, you’ll be able to share ideas and get a fresh perspective, all while making lasting relationships from around the world.

Our Student Services team is dedicated to advising and supporting non-UK students on campus, as well as providing language support, guidance on preparing to study abroad, and support with settling in at AECC University College.

Our university campus is super easy to get around. You can walk between locations, or into neighbouring Southbourne and Boscombe and with the beach down the road it’s no wonder that student’s here love to get out and explore the local area when they’re not studying.

Take a virtual tour with our student ambassadors to see our campus.

Preparing To Study Abroad

Learning in the UK Provides High Levels of Satisfaction.

The UK is the most recommended English-speaking destination by overseas students, and one of the most popular global destinations.

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Moving Away From Home

We understand that finding the right place to live is really important when you’re moving away from home.

Our friendly Student Services team are here to help you find the right accommodation during your studies here in Bournemouth.  We have a range of residences to suit individual preferences and budgets.  We will also support you during your time with us regardless of which accommodation option you choose.

More information is available on our accommodation page.

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Your Application And Key Timings

Make sure you apply by the date provided by UCAS. The UCAS website is your main source of information. It’s worth spending some time familiarising yourself with what you will need to do and how it works.

Helping You To Prepare

We understand there is a lot to think about when planning to study away from your home country so taking a look at UKCISA Services can help you prepare for life in the UK and support you when you are here. They have expertise in immigration rules, their website has lots more helpful information on all aspects of living and studying in the UK.

Information on The Student Route
Visas and immigration information

Help is also at hand from our Admission teams who can support you with any visa or immigration questions you may have.  You can contact them by emailing

Undergraduate International Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

As an international student, it’s key that you organise your finances well in advance of your course start date so that your funding is in place before you arrive in the UK.

When starting university there are two main expenses, tuition fees and living costs. Depending on your circumstances and the course you are taking, financial provision may be available.

UK Government also provides useful advice around Student finance for EU Students.

If you live outside of the EU, we recommend contacting your country specific funding organisation to establish what support is available to you.

Global Partnership Scholarship

The AECC University College Global Partnership Scholarship is available to international students enrolling on the University College’s undergraduate courses who meet the eligibility criteria.

The UK is the most recommended English-speaking destination by overseas students, and one of the most popular global destinations.

The Scholarship is in recognition of the importance of a growing and thriving global community at the AECC University College. The award is for a £3,000 fee reduction in the first year of study only.

Full criteria is available in the Bursary and Scholarships Policy.

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Student Services

We offer support, guidance and information

Our Student Services team offer support to students whether it’s academic or personal. Student Services are available to all students, all Schools and all years and our advisors will be happy to help you with any questions or queries.

Latest News

Discover and read all the latest news, press releases and happenings here at AECC University College.


Callum Moss

Callum Moss is a First Year student on the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) course at AECC University College. We recently caught up with him to hear more about his decision to study to become a physiotherapist and why AECC UC is an appealing specialist university.

Aurora Paris With Rugby Team

We hear about Aurora’s work experience within Rugby and why she enjoys studying within the close-knit community at AECC University College.

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