International Application

For international students, the application process to university is not too dissimilar than for UK-based students.

We have international education agents in over 40 countries to help assist with this process. The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is devised to assess and give a clear indication of your language skills. See the IELTS scores (and other tests) required for our undergraduate courses.

If you need to improve your English the university’s International English Centre can provide additional language skills and courses.

Before You Apply

Choose Your Course:

  • Search for a Course;
  • Check the UCAS application deadlines (below);
  • Check the specific course entry requirements and admissions criteria;
  • International students can check their qualifications by visiting the relevant Country Page;
  • Some courses may involve attending an informal interview, sitting a test or submitting a portfolio – if required this will be stated in the entry requirements;
  • Make sure you meet the English Language Requirements (non-UK only).

Gather Documents and Information
Make sure you have everything you need to complete the application form (e.g. education history, personal statement, referee details, etc.) This information is available from the UCAS Website.

Data Protection Information


There are two ways to make an application to Aberystwyth University. Either directly or through UCAS.

  1. Direct (available to non-EU international students)
    If you are not registered with UCAS and are applying only to Aberystwyth, for full-time or part-time courses, then this option is for you.
  2. UCAS (available for UK, EU and international students)
    The other option to apply for full-time courses can be made through UCAS Apply, from 1st September, the year before you intend to start your course.
  • Applicants with disabilities or specific needs
    If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) make sure you note this on your UCAS form so that we are made aware of your needs in advance of arrival.
  • Part-time study
    Some courses are available part-time. If you are interested in a part-time course you'll need to apply directly to the university, not UCAS.
  • Track your application
    You can track your application with UCAS Track.
  • UCAS Extra
    If you would like to apply to another university but have already used your five choices, you might be eligible for UCAS Extra. This service allows you to apply for courses with vacancies between the end of February to early July. Find out more about UCAS Extra.

Application Deadlines

UK and EU Students:

  • 15 January for all Aberystwyth courses
    Applications after 15 January: you may apply until 30 June but your application will be marked 'late' and admissions tutors will consider it at their discretion.

International Students:

  • Before 30 June
    Applications from overseas students (non-EU) will be accepted through UCAS up until 30 June. However, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. If you are applying after 30 June, please contact the Admissions Office directly to discuss your application.
  • Taking a year out
    Most academic departments will consider deferred applications but you must indicate this on your UCAS form along with your reasons for deferring.


Receiving Your Offers

UCAS will contact you by email or letter once you have at least one offer. If you are offered a place, your offer will be either unconditional or conditional:

  • Unconditional offers
    This means that you have met all the academic requirements and we are happy to accept you.
  • Conditional offers
    This means that we will offer you a place if you meet certain conditions which are usually based on your exams or an English language test. Once you have met the conditions, your offer will become unconditional.
  • Invitations
    Depending on the course, we may invite you to an interview, an information day or ask you to provide a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be clearly indicated in UCAS Track.
  • When will I hear?
    The sooner you submit your application through UCAS (after it opens on 1 September) the earlier you should start to receive offers. However, bear in mind that universities and colleges have until early May to make their decision.

Replying To Your Offers

You must now consider the offers you've received and inform UCAS of your choice through the Track system. The deadline by which you must reply will be displayed in Track.
You have three options:

  • Firm acceptance
    This is your first/preferred choice. You can only have one firm acceptance.
  • Insurance acceptance (optional)
    If your firm acceptance is a conditional offer, you can accept another offer (conditional or unconditional) as an insurance choice in case you fail to meet the terms of your firm acceptance. You can only have one insurance acceptance.
  • Decline
    You must decline all other offers. If you do not wish to accept any offers made, you can decline them all. Depending on your circumstances, you may then be eligible to use UCAS Extra or Clearing.
    For detailed information on how and when to reply to offers, please visit the UCAS Website.

What to do if you have no offers
If you receive no offers or choose to decline all offers, you might be able to apply through UCAS Extra for another course. You will only be able to apply to courses that still have vacancies. Extra is open from the end of February to early July. In Extra, you apply for one course at a time using UCAS Track.

To be eligible for UCAS Extra you need to have:

  • Already made five choices;
  • Received decisions from all these choices, and
  • Either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received.

Remember: If you decline your offers and add an Extra choice, you will not be able to accept any of your original choices later. Please see the UCAS website for further information.