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Support for Students

We offer support in various areas to all our international students.Please click here for a copy of our International Student Handbook
You can also click on the relevant links below to find out more information.

Visa Support
Insurance Information
Arrival Information
Financial Support
Careers & Employability
Learning Support

Visa Support

When applying for a student visa British authorities will want to know:

• Are you a genuine student?
• Do you truly intend to gain entry to the country for the purpose of study?
• Do you know about the course you intend to study?
• Do you have a clear and practical career plan that demonstrates why you are applying for the course?
• Do you intend to return to your country after the course?

Students are often refused visas for one or more of the following reasons:

• You failed to demonstrate that you had sufficient funds available to support yourself
• You did not demonstrate that you were coming to the UK for the sole purpose of study
• You did not intend to return to your country of origin after the course
• You did not know enough about the course that you intended to study
• Your documents contained incorrect or insufficient information
• You did not bring the correct documentation to the interview
• Your progression route was unclear
• You were unable to demonstrate adequate research for the selection of the instutution or course

Applying for a visa outside of the UK

If you are making an application from outside the United Kingdom for a Student Visa you should visit for further information. Application forms and information about how to complete them are available at this website.

Applying for a visa in the UK

If you are a student making an application from inside the United Kingdom, please visit to obtain the relevant visa application form.

Please note the changes made by the Government to the Tier-4 Visa route, with effect from 14th July 2015.

Requirements & Evidence

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides easy to understand guidance for your visa application. For more information please visit


Insurance Information

It is important as an international student to insure yourself when you study in the UK.

Insurance protects you during your everyday life and covers you for many different things. This all depends on what you choose to insure

Insurance cover can include:

• Medical
• Possessions
• Living
• Legal

The British Council recommends the following insurance companies:

Endsleigh specialises in providing insurance for students and professionals; covering gadget, car, home, travel and life insurance.

Saxon Insurance provides specialist insurance for students in the UK.


Arrival Information

As part of your preparations for your studying in the UK this year, here are 10 top tips to make sure you have everything you need to get through the UK border as efficiently as possible. Follow these top tips for a smooth journey through the UK border:

1. Have your passport ready.

2. Ensure you complete a landing card (if a non EEA National).

3. Have your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number ready. If you don't have a CAS number please brings details of your course of study.

4. Keep any medical documentation, recent bank statement and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage.

5. Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from outside the EU.

6. There are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).

7. There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring in the UK. If you exceed your duty-free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you.

8. Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, offensive weapons or indecent or obscene material. Some items are restricted and will require a licence or permit.

9. You must declare any sums of cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.

10. Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents).

For more information on Immigration & Customs visit


Financial Support

If you are studying on a full cost programme or you are an international learner, you are expected to cover all your learning costs. There may be limits to the type of support we can provide. Click to view further information about financial support for students.



It is essential that you start considering your accommodation arrangements before you travel to the UK. Harrow College does not provide accommodation for its students, nor can we recommend or organise any accommodation for you; however, we can advise you where to look.

Ideally, you should have arranged your permanent accommodation before starting your course.  It may be advisable for you to make arrangements for temporary accommodation before you arrive, and sort out your long-term accommodation following arrival. Consider using the Accommodation Booklet provided by Harrow College as this contains listings of sources for temporary and long-term accommodation.


Careers & Employability

As a student at Harrow College you can call on our careers and employability team at any time for impartial, friendly, confidential and professional advice to help you with planning your future.

Harrow College has a team of dedicated professional Careers and Employability advisors to support you in your journey both during and after your time at the college. We provide support in a range of areas to help you to explore your course options and potential career path.

Current students also have access to the Careers and Employability resources via the student portal 24/7.

You'll find our teams in the Learning Centre on both campuses. Drop on and see us or call 020 89096000 and ask for a member of the careers team

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Opening times 9.00am – 4.00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 9.00am -12.00 noon Wednesday and Friday.

Working with universities, employers and training providers

At Harrow College, students are invited to participate in the Higher Education and Progression Fairs. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with motivational talks and mock interview sessions with external employers. Visitors are regularly invited to the college from industry and universities to provide talks and interactive masterclasses.

Preparing for the world of work

Supporting you to identify and develop your Employability Skills is central to the student experience at Harrow College. This is achieved through the curriculum, a range of additional enterprise activities and expert advice from employers on CVs and interview skills. Students are able to record evidence of these skills in their Enterprise Passport to help them prepare for successful future employment. Advice and support is available for any student wanting to develop a CV, complete an application form or practise interview skills.

University applications

At Harrow College we provide guidance and support throughout the university application process. This includes help with researching and choosing courses, completing the application form, personal statement writing and preparing for an interview. We are proud to say that last year 81% of applicants from Harrow College were successful in securing a place on a higher education course.

National Careers Service Advisor

NCSA National Careers Service Advisor visits Harrow College's Harrow on the Hill campus on a weekly basis. Interviews are available to anyone over the age of 19 who would like information, advice and guidance on courses, CVs and job hunting. Appointments can also be booked with a member of the Careers team.


Learning Support

Additional Learning Support, if required, may be available at an extra cost. If you feel you may need this please let us know, so we can assess your needs and give you an indication of the likely cost.

Harrow College is a Centre of Excellence for the Hearing Impaired - the only one in North West London.

The team of communicators support Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in all classes. Also a range of support is available from learning advisors and mentors across all College campuses.

The Communication Support Unit provides support for students who are profoundly deaf, partially hearing or visually impaired. Each student will be supported depending on his or her individual need. Support includes sign language, note taking and lip speaking. The Unit offers one to one teaching support as well as access to a range of facilities to support student learning.



We strongly recommend that you read the British Council's First Steps and Creating Confidence Guide. These guides are designed for international students and cover essential advice about staying safe in the UK.  The Safety First Guide also has lots of safety advice for visitors to the UK.