22nd June 2020 - Guidance for current International students: Guidance for current international students and applicants for the academic year 2020/21: We have now issued guidance specifically for students who are and will be sponsored by ICMP under the tier 4 visa route in the upcoming academic year, in relation to possible travel restrictions by September 2020. 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 looking to join us in September 2021, we're pleased to announce that we're keeping our EU course fees inline with our UK fees. EU students, will however no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England, in the form of a course fee loan. 

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.

alert.pngPlease read this information relating to Alternative English Language testing during this Covid-19 period.


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.

New Tier 4 'Graduate Route' post-study work visas - remain in the UK for a further two years after graduating

The UK government has recently announced plans for new post-study work visas. The new ‘Graduate Route’ will be available to Tier 4 students completing an ICMP undergraduate or masters degree from the summer of 2021 onwards. This includes students applying to start this September (2020). The new visa will allow you to stay in the UK for up to two years after you graduate, with no restriction on the type of work you can do. Further details can be read in the  'When you are here' tab (above). 


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.

Pay the same fees as UK students if joining us in 2021

For EU students joining us in September 2021, your fees will be the same as our UK ones, meaning you won't fall into the International student fee bracket. 

Supporting your application

Please be assured that ICMP’s Admissions Team is on-hand to help you navigate this process. ICMP has been the 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

EU Settlement Scheme

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  Our support teams will be on hand to assist our EU students as required to make their application.

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 UK British Council has put together a useful hub of information for students moving to the UK, they also have a designated page for students starting their studies in 2020 - we recommend you visit both these pages.


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.


International students (from outside of the EU or EEA), who require a Tier 4 Visa to study at ICMP, are now able to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time (depending on your level of study). This is a maximum of 20 hours in total in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. Outside of term-time, you are able to work unlimited hours.

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

Current students, please note this change took place in 2019.  If your Tier 4 visa was issued prior to 1st August 2019 then your working rights remain unchanged.

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

New Tier 4 'Graduate Route' post-study work visas - remain in the UK for a further two years after graduating

The UK government has recently announced plans for new post-study work visas. The new ‘Graduate Route’ will be available to Tier 4 students completing an ICMP degree from the summer of 2021 onwards. It will allow you to stay in the UK for up to two years after you graduate, with no restriction on the type of work you can do.

This new Graduate Route is due to be launched in the summer of 2021, meaning that students who graduate in 2021 or after will be eligible to apply - this includes undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their courses in September 2020.

Full details of the Graduate Route are still to be confirmed, however it will require a new application (in the year of graduation), there will also be a fee involved and the Immigration Health Surcharge will apply for the duration of the visa. Students applying for this route will not require a sponsor.

The route will be non-extendable and will not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements would be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement.

Graduates whose Tier 4 visa expires before the route is introduced, in the summer of 2021, would unfortunately not be eligible.

We'll continue to update this page as further information becomes available. The UK Home Office Fact Sheet can be viewed here


 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