Barnsley has a diverse international community and welcomes the cultural and social difference international students bring.

As an international student, choosing where to study in the UK is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. An important influence when looking for a location is that it is safe and affordable – this is why Barnsley is the perfect choice for you.

Barnsley is situated among the breathtaking Pennines. With a population of under 100,000 people, coupled with its rural scenery, Barnsley is an ideal place to absorb English culture and makes for a peaceful place to study. The town is only 19km north of Sheffield and 27km south of Leeds so the hustle and bustle of city life is only a short train journey away. Barnsley is well known for its football team, has a strong embrace of the arts with a number of galleries, theatres and music venues and the citizens are friendly and passionate.

The International Office

The International Office exists to enable you to make the most of your time here at Barnsley. We are happy to answer any questions you may have concerning our courses and entry requirements. The International Office acts as a student service throughout your time at UCB where you can get help or ask for advice regarding Tier 4 issues.

Tuition Fees and Living Expenses

In order to obtain a Tier 4 visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you can pay for your course fees plus living costs of £1,015 per month (for a minimum of nine months – £9,135). This amount must be held in a bank account for at least 28 days, and you must evidence this when applying for a Tier 4 visa.

We may offer scholarships for students based on academic grades and SELT scores. For information on fees, scholarships and bursaries please contact the International Office.

Pre-Arrival and On Arrival Information

Before you leave your country, we will communicate with you regularly and provide you with essential information to help you with your application, support your visa application, and help to make your journey to us a safe and smooth one.

We will organise a welcome programme of events that include information sessions, tours of the campus, town and region. We encourage all students to get involved in activities outside of the academic environment, whether that be joining a sports team, cultural society or participating in community life as a volunteer. Getting involved gives you the chance to meet new friends, develop new skills, improve your English, learn about different cultures and, ultimately, enhance your employability within a global career market.

International applications

University Campus Barnsley has Tier 4 Sponsor status from UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). Although most courses do not have a deadline for application, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some courses do fill up and we may close applications early. It is not necessary to wait for your final certificates, transcripts or references before you apply. We do ask you to check the entry requirements for your country before you apply.

Please read the guidance for all Tier 4 applications made on or after 14 February 2017:

Tier 4 of the Points Based System – Policy Guidance

English Language

You must have a good level of English proficiency so that you can follow your chosen course. A minimum Individual English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 overall (minimum 4.5 per component) or equivalent is required for our HNC/D programmes, and a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 per component) for our degree programmes (Level 6).

Please note that some countries have exemptions for the English Language requirements. Please see the website

Further information for international students:


Telephone: +44 (0)1226 216 708