Close to forty different nationalities are represented in the College's diverse student body. NTC welcomes students from outside the UK, either for full courses or for study abroad periods, and the presence of a variety of cultures enriches the life of the whole community.
Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency. Undergraduate students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, overall; postgraduate (MA/PGDip) students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or its equivalent, overall; Postgraduate (Research) students need a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or its equivalent, overall. Applicants are responsible for arranging to take the appropriate test and for submitting the documentary evidence.
Students from European Union countries and from Norway and Iceland are treated as "Home" students with respect to entrance to the UK for study. Details of eligibility for mandatory awards, bursaries and loans are available from the Finance Office.
The process of application, admission, and visa approval takes considerable time, so non-EU applicants are advised to make sure their application arrives is submitted early, preferably before Christmas of the year prior to the start of studies.
The College has been approved by the UK Border Agency as a sponsoring body for visa purposes (Tier 4), and has been reviewed by the QAA under the new 'educational oversight' provision. Before the UK immigration authorities will issue a Student Visa for full-time study, they must be satisfied that students have been officially admitted and have the resources to finance their education. Under the new regulations, students from outside the European Union will not be allowed to take paid work in the UK, so cannot expect to finance studies in that way. Nor will they be allowed to bring dependents, unless they, too, are full time students, or have their own UK visa status (work, volunteer, resident, etc). See more details at the UKVisas web site. Please contact the closest British High Commission or Embassy for details. The College requires a financial payment of the first term's fees or evidence of student loan approval (ie US or Canadian student loans). These funds should be lodged with the College by July of the year of intended entry.