19th March 2020 - Guidance for current International students: We have now issued guidance specifically for students who are sponsored by ICMP under the Tier 4 visa route and who wish to leave the county due to concerns regarding their health or travel restrictions. View the guidance.


Of course, being an international student brings with it some special challenges, and the ICMP team understands this. From your initial contact with our admissions advisers, your engagement with our wellbeing team or any other interactions you have before, during and after your studies at the ICMP, we are here to provide practical and relevant help and support to make your experience a positive one.

If you are an EU student, then good news - the UK Government has confirmed the funding arrangements for EU students for 2020/21.

EU nationals wishing to study at ICMP in the Academic Year 2020/21 (starting September 2020) will continue to be eligible to apply for student undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support as well as Research Council PhD studentships. Further information is available in the EU Students tab below.

Below you will find details on visa applications and tier 4 requirements for International students, as well as everything you need to know about how to apply for a course and useful advice on living and studying in the UK.  Our International Student Handbook covers all the important stages of the process, from enquiry to arrival in London. 

Of course, should you need to talk to us, just contact one of our Admissions Advisers at any time, they will be happy to help.

We look forward to welcoming you to ICMP Music College in London.


EU Students





Applying to study at ICMP is a straightforward process and we’re here whenever you need us to help or discuss the best course option for you.

Information about our application process, and entry requirements, can be found on the individual course information pages.

For applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa, please see below.

International students may audition remotely if they're unable to visit us in London. Please contact our Admissions Team on + 44(0)20 7328 0222 enquiries@icmp.ac.uk to book your audition.


Students requiring a visa will need to submit evidence that they have the correct level of English for study. Students applying to study on any ICMP programme can meet this requirement by taking IELTS (UKVI) at an UKVI Approved SELT centre with Grade B2 overall and in each of the four key areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening).

If you are applying to study on a BA, BMus, MA or MMus programme, you can also demonstrate your English ability by sitting:

  • IELTS  (Academic) – Grade B2 Overall and in each area (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
  • Cambridge English – First (FCE) B2 or Advanced (CAE) C1 or Proficiency (PAE) C2
  • Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English (ISE) at ISE II (B2) or higher

Please contact the admissions team on enquiries@icmp.ac.uk before booking your test/course to confirm that it will meet our requirements.


International students from outside of the EU who have been accepted onto an ICMP course and who need a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK will need to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the ICMP. Click here for more information on applying for a Tier 4 visa. 

We also have a specific guide that can help you if you are an applicant who will need a visa to study at ICMP.


If you have previously received additional learning support, or if you require further advice and guidance on disclosing a disability on your application, please click here.

Can you still study in London now that the UK has left the EU? Of course you can!

Despite Brexit, EU students are as welcome as ever to study with us. You'll receive a warm reception at ICMP, you'll be able to connect to the London and UK music industry, you'll be able to access high quality accredited education and you'll have the opportunity to live in a large, vibrant, multi-cultural city.

Access 'Home Fee' status by joining us in 2020

For EU students joining us in September 2020, the UK government has confirmed that you will continue to be able to access 'home fee status'.  As it stands, 2020 will be the final year that we are able to offer EU students 'home fee status', from 2021 onwards EU students will fall into the International student fee bracket. For those applying to start in 2020, eligible students will continue to have access to student finance too, so there really is no better time to head to London to pursue your music career!

The UK’s new points-based system for EU students

From 1st January 2021, free movement will end, and the UK will introduce a new points-based system, whereby EU and non-EU citizens are treated equally when entering the UK to either study or seek employment.

To achieve the required points to gain their visa, students will be required to demonstrate that they have an 'offer' from an approved educational institution, can speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK. 

The visa process

Students coming to the UK from any country in the world will need to obtain a visa for which they will pay a fee. We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government of the full details of the fee and points-based system. This page will be updated when the information becomes available.

EU citizens currently living in the UK, or moving to the UK by 31st December 2020, will be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those who have moved to the UK before 31st December will then have until 30th June 2021 to make their application. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Supporting your application

Please be assured that ICMP’s Admissions Team is on-hand to help you navigate this process. ICMP has been a first choice for thousands of students moving to the UK to study music for the past 30 years, so we have plenty of experience in these matters.

 If you have any questions regarding studying at ICMP, please contact our Admissions Team on 00442073280222


Our International Student Handbook is a guide for students travelling to the UK to commence their studies with us. This guide provides you with essential information about what you need to consider prior to departing for the UK and how to relocate to London in the easiest and smoothest way possible. We've also included further information around the documents you'll need to bring with you, travel arrangements into London, emergency and out-of-hours contact numbers and details of how to contact home upon arrival. View the handbook.


The British Council have put together a helpful document entitled First Steps - A pre-departure guide for international students coming to study in the UK that we also recommend you read prior to your departure. 


You can choose either private, shared accommodation or share with fellow students.  Remember that you may have to pay other bills as well such as electricity, gas and water.

Please visit our accommodation page for more information and links to our accommodation guide.


The working rights of International students (from outside of the EU or EEA), who require a Tier 4 Visa to study at ICMP, have recently changed. This specifically relates to new applicants joining us from September 2019 onwards.  

Changes to Tier 4 students working rights

International students, who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK, will need to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from ICMP. The earliest ICMP can issue CAS letters for courses is 3 months before courses begin, this will be aroumd mid-June 2020 - this will be confirmed as soon as possible.

If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa who received their visa prior to 1st August 2019 then your working rights remain unchanged.

If your CAS and subsequent Tier 4 visa was issued after 1st August 2019, then you are entitled to work up to 10 or 20 hours a week during term-time (depending upon the level of study) and unlimited hours out of term-time.

Please refer to your visa /BRP (residence permit) for information on the limitations to your visa..

For further information about working in the UK please visit the UKCISA website or contact the ICMP Admissions Team on + 44(0)20 7328 0222 or enquiries@icmp.ac.uk


 With the London underground, buses and trains you can make the most of exploring the area. To travel on London Transport you will need to purchase an Oyster Card which will allow you to board the bus and use the Underground (tube). As a full time student you are entitled to a ‘Student Oyster Photocard’ which gives a 30% discount on Travel cards, Bus & Tram passes. Click here for more information.


When you arrive at airport border control, you will need your letter confirming that you have successfully applied for a Tier 4 visa. The Immigration Officer will issue you with a 30 day multiple- entry vignette. Within 10 days of your arrival in the UK you should attend your allocated Post Office to collect Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).  Afterwards, you may also need to register your stay with the police. If you need to register, this requirement will be written in your passport and you will need to register within seven days of your arrival in the United Kingdom. If you do not receive this stamp on your visa when entering the UK, you do not have to register with the police. 
Click here for more information


London is a safe area in which to live.  However, it is worth taking personal safety into account wherever you might be. These are some tips for staying safe. Click here for more information


UKVI and Action Fraud have created a guidance pack where you can find essential information on how to prevent yourself of becoming a victim of fraud.


Details on registering with a doctor and using the National Health Service (NHS). If you are unsure about immunisations and/or vaccinations please visit Education UK.

Students on a Tier 4 visa will be subject to a charge of £150 per year to cover the cost of using the NHS in the UK.  The health surcharge is payable in full at the time of the visa application. It is very important that you ensure have paid the surcharge before you submit or send your visa application. 

You will need to register with a Doctor (GP) once you arrive in the UK. For more information on registering click here.


We are extremely proud of all our graduates and the ICMP Awards Ceremony, which takes place in October/November each year. It is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of all our students with their family and friends.  This is a formal event, which, includes the presentation of awards for the most improved and best overall student on each course, performances by graduating students and a drinks reception. 

In addition, if you are studying on a course validated by our University partners, you are also invited to attend their own graduation ceremony complete with traditional cap and gown.  

Cross-border cooperation • Study abroad • Gain international experience

The EU study development programme

ERASMUS+ is the EU programme for the areas of education, youth and sport. For the period of 2014-2020, mobility and cross-border cooperation is being promoted.

As part of this programme, ICMP students can study at one of our partner institutes for 3 to 12 months. Similarly, vocational training programmes for ICMP tutors and administrative staff in partner countries are facilitated.

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) awarded by the European Union confirms that ICMP - The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - fulfils all the requirements for successful participation in an ERASMUS programme.

Download ICMP's  ERASMUS Charter 

Download ICMP's ERASMUS Policy Statement