At ICMP, we have a vibrant and exciting international community, with 40% of our total student body being international students. That means the ICMP experience is a truly global one, providing you with plenty of opportunities for both music and cultural development.

International Student Map 2021/22

Our committment to you

Being an international student brings with it some special challenges, and our team understands this. Studying at ICMP is a once in a lifetime experience and we're here for you every step of the way, to ensure you get the most from your time with us. 

From your initial contact with our admissions advisers, engagement with our wellbeing team or any other interactions you have before, during and after your studies with ICMP, we’re here to provide practical and relevant advice and support to make your experience a positive one.

Our International Student Handbook covers all the information you need to know in your ICMP journey, from your initial enquiry right up to your arrival in London.  

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EU Students




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

Information about our application process and entry requirements can be found on the course information pages for each programme.

As an international student, you can audition remotely if you’re unable to visit us in London. Please contact our Admissions Team on + 44(0)20 7328 0222 to book your audition.


If you require a visa to study with us, you’ll need to submit evidence that you meet the appropriate level of English for study. You can meet this requirement by taking IELTS (UKVI) at an UKVI Approved SELT centre and attaining a Grade B2 overall and in each of the four key areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

If you’re 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 before booking your test/course to confirm that it will meet our requirements.


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.


As a new international student to ICMP, in addition to your course application, you’ll need to apply for your visa using the Student Route – part of the UK’s new points-based immigration system.

All international students should now apply through the Student Route for a visa, except for EU/EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK before 31st December 2020. If this is you, you’re eligible to apply through the EU Settlement Scheme before 30th June 2021. If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss student arriving in the UK after 1st January 2021, you’ll need to apply for the Student Route along with other international students.

To apply through the new Student Route, you’ll need to demonstrate that you meet the required 70 points as part of your visa application. You’ll achieve the required points if you have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak a required level of English and are able to support yourself financially during your studies in the UK.

Visit this page for further information on the Student Route Visa.

Please note that visas already issued through the previous Tier 4 route are still valid. If eligible, when your Tier 4 visa expires, you may be able to apply for further leave to remain under the new Student Route.


The UK Government’s new points-based immigration system launches on 1st January 2021 and includes access to a new post-study work visa known as the ‘Graduate Route’.

The Graduate Route will be available to international students who graduate from an ICMP undergraduate or master’s degree from 2021 onwards, regardless of whether you applied through the old Tier 4 route or the new Student Route. The new Graduate Route 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.


Despite Brexit, European students are as welcome as ever at ICMP! You’ll receive a warm reception, and will still be able to connect to the London and UK music industries, access high-quality accredited education, and discover the joys of our large, vibrant, multicultural community and city.   

If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen looking to study at ICMP, entry conditions now require you to gain a student visa under the ‘Student Route’ initiative of the UK Government’s  points-based immigration system. You can apply for the Student Route visa up to six months in advance of your course starting. The application process is very straightforward and we're here to support you throughout the process.

EU/EEA and Swiss students can continue to visit the UK for up to six months without having to apply for a visa to participate in short-term study.

If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen already resident in the UK or who will be resident in the UK before 31st December 2020, you and your family members are eligible to apply via the EU Settlement Scheme (before 30th June 2021) rather than the Student Route.


ICMP offers a scholarship up to the value of £5,500 to each eligible EU, EEA or Swiss student enrolling on one of our undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, starting in September 2023. There is no application process involved, the scholarship is automatically deducted from your course fees. Please visit our fees page for full details.


Over the past 30 years, ICMP has been the first choice for thousands of students moving to the UK to study music, so we have plenty of experience in supporting our international students. Our Admissions Team is on hand to help you navigate the process and can be contacted on + 44 (0) 20 7328 0222 or via


If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen graduating from an ICMP undergraduate or master’s degree from 2021 onwards, you’ll have access to the new ‘Graduate Route’. This allows 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.

Our International Student Handbook is a guide for students travelling to the UK to commence their studies with us. This 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. We recommend you read through these pages and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team.


You can choose either private or shared accommodation or to live with fellow students. Remember that you may have to pay other bills on top of your rental costs, such as electricity, gas and water.

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


When you arrive at airport border control, you’ll need your letter confirming that you have successfully applied for a Student Route visa. The Immigration Officer will issue you with a 30-day* multiple-entry vignette. On arrival in the UK, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from your allocated Post Office before your vignette sticker in your travel document/passport expires, or within 10 days of arriving in the UK, whichever is later. Further guidance on Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) is available on the Home Office website here.

Police registration is no longer required. 
In early August 2022, it was announced that the requirement for students on specific visa’s to register with the police has been abolished. This change applies to those who have already registered with the Police and who have a condition to register with the Police listed as a requirement of their visa. You can read the Public Notice announcing this change.

New to ICMP
Depending on when your visa was granted, you may have been informed that you were required to register with the Police after arrival in the UK. This may have been included as an endorsement on your entry vignette and in the decision letter you received with the outcome of your visa application. However, following the repeal of the requirement to register with the Police in August 2022, you will no longer need to do this. 

Current students
If you have already registered with the Police, you will recall that it was a requirement to update your certificate at the Police Station with any changes to your details such as your address or if you are granted a new visa. Following the repeal of this requirement you will no longer need to do this.

In accordance with standard procedures, changes to your address and personal details should continue to be updated with ICMP and UKVI.


With the London underground, buses and trains at your disposal, you can make the most of exploring the area. To travel on London transport, you’ll 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’re entitled to a ‘Student Oyster Photocard’ which gives a 30% discount on travel cards and bus and tram passes.


Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) allows you multiple-entry into the UK, however you will need to ensure that you have your BRP with you every time you travel in and out of the UK and Common Travel Area (CTA).


Depending on the exact details of your studies and situation, you may be able to take up part-time work in the UK alongside your education. Different restrictions apply regarding the type of employment permitted, but you’ll be notified of the work conditions that apply to you when your Student Route application is granted. Your visa may be curtailed, if you are found to be working longer hours than you are permitted to do so, as specified on your visa/Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).


As part of your Student Route visa application, you’ll need to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) – this is an annual fee to cover the cost of using the NHS in the UK, however it is paid for the duration of your visa upfront, rather than on an annual basis. Students receive a 25% discount on the fee. It’s important to ensure you’ve paid the surcharge before you submit or send your visa application, otherwise, it will likely be rejected. Calculate your Immigration Healthcare Surcharge in advance.

Once you arrive in the UK, you’ll need to register with a doctor (GP) before you can use the NHS. Find out more about registering with a GP.


London is a safe place to live, but it’s always worth taking personal safety into account wherever you are. Read our tips for staying safe.


UKVI and Action Fraud have created a guidance pack with essential information on how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.


The ICMP Awards Ceremony takes place in October/November each year. It’s an opportunity for all our students to celebrate their success with their family and friends. This is a formal event and includes a presentation of awards across each course for the most improved and best overall student, plus performances by graduating students and a drinks reception.

If you’re studying on a course validated by one of our university partners, you’ll be invited to attend an additional graduation ceremony on their campus, complete with traditional cap and gown.

If you're a current international student at ICMP, visit My.Icmp to find out more.


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