International students

We have been welcoming international students to Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College for over 40 years. We offer International Packages for Tier 4 students and for Short Student Visas (English courses only, can start in September, January or April). Our courses are fully accredited by the British Council and our programme offers a wide range of different courses including the internationally recognised Cambridge Suite EFL courses with optional examinations, and the LCCI accredited course English for Business.

Courses for International Students

As a Tier 4 Visa student, you will study on a suitable learning programme of at least 15 hours for 30 to 35 weeks, which you can start in September or January.  If you are applying on a Tier 4 Visa you will need to provide evidence that you are already at CEFR Level B1 or above.

Available courses

Access to HE Business Level 3 – September or November start

Access to HE Computing Level 3 – September or November start

Access to HE Humanities Level 3 – September start

Fine Art & Digital Media UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma - September start

Course fees

The fees for these courses are £6,000 per year + an administration fee of £450 paid at the start and with a deposit of 50% (£3,000) before arriving in the UK (after tutor approval has been granted and you meet the requirements for a T4 visa).  

Course entry requirements

You must have an IELTS English level requirement of 5.5.

Additional studying options alongside your course

English EFL – IELTS 5+ classes

We offer this course in college for those who want to improve their IELTS score usually to progress into university – score required is over 6.

IELTS study can’t be part of your 15 hours weekly study time for your main course.  If learners decide to do this on top of course it must be during the hours of 9am to 5.30pm as part of the Home Office requirements.

English courses are not available or possible for countries where English is the official language. For example you will be unable to study English from USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and some African countries.

Accommodation

Please note we do not provide accommodation – you are responsible for organising your own accommodation.

Joining the College

If you would like to come and study with us, please follow these simple steps:

Step 1 Check with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) what kind of visa you need. A quick guide can be found on their website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/quick-guide/

Step 2 Email us to tell us your requirements international@rhacc.ac.uk

Step 3 Scan and send us any certificates you already have from Cambridge English Language or similar courses, or any evidence you have of previous assessments and a copy of your passport. Please note that when you join our programme you will need to provide the original evidence and complete an online computer assessment and a writing assessment so we can be sure you are on the right level of course for you. If you have no certificates or evidence of previous assessments and you don’t know what your current level of English is you can take this simple online test to give you an idea and tell us the result: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/adult-learners/

Step 4  We will then contact you to discuss a suitable programme and price. 

Please note:  you are required to provide evidence that you have sufficient money in your bank account to support yourself during your studies, this is a Home Office requirement and usually for a T4 visa, a minimum of £25,000 is required.  For a Short Study Visa it will depend on the length of the study.  You are required to provide bank statements for the past 3 months from a bank account in your name – if someone is sponsoring you and paying for you, they must write a letter a signed letter and attach their bank statements and a copy of their passport.

Short Study Visas English course fees depend on the length of the course and stay + an administration fee of £150