If you do not fall into any of the categories above you will need to provide proof of your English language ability through the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Duo LingoFor 2021-22 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90.
IELTSUndergraduate (BA, BAcc, BEng, BSc) – IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5Postgraduate Taught (MA, MSc) – IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5Postgraduate Research (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf)– IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0These are minimum requirements and some courses may require a higher standard for admission. Individual course entry requirements are detailed on each course page.
IELTS certificates should be dated within two years at the time of applying to study at UWS.
TOEFL IBTTOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
Reading: 17;Listening: 17;Speaking: 17;Writing: 17* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
Common English language equivalents for most coursesAll stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-testsPTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5no sub-test less than 6.0For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0no sub-test less than 7.0For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0no sub-test less than 4.5
We understand that you might need to improve your English language skills to meet visa or application requirements. Our Pre-sessional English Language courses help you meet the IELTS standard for study at UWS.
Due to the current situation involving the coronavirus we are offering an online test for applicants to prove their English language competency.
These take place each Wednesday at 9am. To register for one of these tests please email firstname.lastname@example.org one week in advance of the date you wish to take the test. We will then be in touch to supply you with all of the relevant information.
NB: The processing of test results normally takes 2-3 weeks.
On arrival you are asked to fill in an inventory form which is to be returned to the reception. On the inventory form you are also asked to inform us of anything that requires attention. If there is any other maintenance issues during your stay please fill in a green maintenance form which can be found on the ground floor of your residence. There is 1 box supplied at each residence:
Storie Street Residence – reception;
George Street – ramp behind George Street;
Lady Lane – at the arch at on the left hand side;
Ayr Campus – in the common room and Hamilton campus - on the outside wall of the Warden/Security Office.
Important – If anything is found to be damaged, that was not reported within the first 2 days of your arrival, you will receive an invoice for the cost of the repair or damage. Damage to communal areas will be charged equally to the students that reside in the flat or area, if no one informs the Residence Team who is responsible.
Any damage caused by guests will also be charged to the person they are visiting.
Please contact the helpdesk:
The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Corsebar Road, Paisley PA2 9PN
0141 887 9111
Please come to the reception of your residence for information.
There is a leaflet available at the reception of your residence.
It is the students own responsibility to clean their room and they are jointly responsible for cleaning their flat. The stairs and hallways outside the flats are cleaned on a regular basis by UWS staff. Some residences can offer an additional cleaning service for an agreed fee. At the end of the tenancy, flats must be returned in good condition or additional charges may be levied. Some residences have kitchens/lounges/corridors cleaned – see local staff for details. At the end of contract, any cleaning required in students' responsibility areas will be charged back to the student(s).
Fridges are not permitted in bedrooms. Arrangements are provided in the kitchen to store chilled foods. If you have a medical condition which requires you to have a fridge in your room evidence of this must be provided for the manager.
You are responsible for ensuring that you leave your room and flat in the same condition that it was given to you. You will be asked to fill in and return an inventory to record the condition of your room and must do so within 48-hours of moving in. Generally speaking, blu-tac, white-tac or pins put into walls will require re-painting after you have left and you may be charged in line with our standard schedule of charges. The management team will carry out several room and flat inspections at the end of your contract and we would advise you to make an appointment for inspection well in advance.
Post sent to the residence will be put directly under their door or held at reception, which is open during standard office hours. Anything that does not fit under your door such as parcel can be collected from reception. An email will be if you have any mail to be picked up. George Street and Lady Lane post will be delivered to the front door if you are not in your room they will leave a card so you can pick up the parcel from the local Post Office.
Each campus has a laundry with washing machines and dryers.
To make a claim you will need to contact the insurance company direct, details are available from reception, when you receive your offer for accommodation and on the Accommodation Website:
No, over the holidays you will have complete access to your room.
The Accommodation Team hopes that all students will endeavour to "get on with" their flatmates who could be from differing backgrounds and cultures. If a student is extremely unhappy then room changes can be considered (subject to availability and a £30 administration charge). It is important to remember that moving to University is a stressful time, and that initial teething troubles are usually resolved within the first few weeks. UWS policy dictates that room changes will not be considered within a minimum of 6 weeks following move-in.
To make things easier when you come to move in please ensure you have completed all the relevant documentation: i.e. paid your prepayment or full payment as per your Rental Agreement have a signed copy of your Rental Agreement and in the case for Hamilton Residence provide us with 2 passport photos of yourself.
Failure to complete and return the necessary documents will inevitably cause you and others delay.
Please also note that cars can only be parked for a short time to allow unloading. At move-in time, there will be many students, parents, and friends all unpacking and moving in. Wherever possible, UWS will attempt to show you to your room as soon as possible.
Pets are not allowed in any of the residences.
There are cycle racks on most sites where students can lock their bikes. These are left at the owners' risk. No bikes are allowed in the flats.
We provide 24-hour security, CCTV, electronic access control with security guards in all residences. Access is limited to students, their authorised visitors, and nominated contractors. Fire alarms are tested weekly, appropriate emergency signage is displayed and fire evacuation drills undertaken at the start of each academic year. Students are asked to help us ensure UWS residences remain safe by ensuring that all guests are signed in and out and all outside doors are closed when entering or leaving the building.
University, amenities, leisure are all close to the residence. Local staff will be happy to help with directions and will issue a location guide to just about anything you need.
Parking (where available) is for authorised users only. All available parking spaces are allocated by the local management team. Reception will advise you on local car parks. Unauthorised vehicles risk being stickered.
Each student is permitted a maximum of one guest at a time; one night during the week and 1 night at the week-end. To ensure that the residence stays secure, visitors are required to sign in and out when they enter and leave the residence; anyone who does not comply will be asked to leave the site immediately.
All visitors must report to the reception and sign in. This is for reasons of safety, security and, in the event of an emergency; the management team will know who is on-site. Residences have a 24-hour security presence on-site to ensure that all visitors are valid and that the residence is kept secure. Comprehensive CCTV coverage is available at all residences. Hamilton Campus, George Street and Lady Lane please contact the Residence Manager.
Smoking is not permitted in any UWS Residences, this policy includes all communal areas, lounges, hallways, corridors and stairwells as well as bedrooms, and it also extends to external courtyard areas. Residences will have specifically designated external smoking areas, please ask the team for details.
If you bring a TV for your room/flat you will require to pay for a television licence. Click the below links for further information on TV Licensing:
Some residences provide a TV with a range of satellite and terrestrial channels in communal kitchen/lounges. Check details of the residence of your choice for more information. Hamilton, George Street and Lady Lane do not have a TV lounge. There are no TV’s provided in the rooms.
UWS does not supply cooking equipment.
Woks, frying pans and other cooking materials are permitted, however deep fat fryers and chip pans (the most likely causes of cooking-related fires) are not, as per the residence fire plan and as advised by local fire authorities.
UWS has a strict policy that candles are not permitted on site. This is as per the residence fire plan and as advised by local fire authorities.
Our residences have a team of staff on-site to help students with any issues which arise. Outside of office hours we manage a team of senior students who live on-site and are on call to assist students with any problems or issues they might have during what may be their first experience away from home. Senior students can help with a number of issues such as students who are finding it hard to mix, feeling homesick or just having trouble finding their way round. Senior students have access to our management team 24-hours a day. In addition nearly all of our residences have 24-hour on-site security, CCTV, electronic access control and individually secured rooms. Please check details of the residence of your choice to see what security arrangements are in place. UWS has a spiritual team:
There are no telephones available in rooms.
Broadband arrangements vary by residence; all residences have high-speed internet connections available. Please contact the Residence Team for full details. Bandwidth is managed and is not to be used for illegal purposes. Students using the internet for illegal gains could potentially have their internet access barred and risk prosecution from FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft). UWS and associated broadband providers will not condone any illegal use of the internet and wireless bandwidth sharing is not permitted. All residents wishing to use the internet services must sign up to local terms and conditions of use.
Limited car parking is available at some of our residences, please check details of the residence of your choice and then contact the residence management office to book in advance as availability may be limited. Storie Street residence does not have student parking.
Rooms are allocated on the following basis:
1. Room type ( Single/Double or Premium)
2. Contract length
4. Year of study
5. Other preferences
UWS endeavours to allocate students to flats that are appropriate to their situation and preferences, although it is not always possible to satisfy everyone. There is a data field on the postal application form and online booking service to state any preferences you may have and with whom you would like to live with. Please note that UWS can make no guarantees and all allocations are subject to availability.
It is possible to terminate your contract if you can to find a suitable replacement for your room. Until a replacement has been found and has paid in full you will remain responsible for any payments due under your contract. Please contact the Residence Manger before you terminate your contract to discuss this.
Changes can be made to the contract after it has been signed if you transfer rooms. Any requests for changes to the contract must be made by email to the residence in question. Any changes to the contract such as changes in room standard will incur a £30 administration fee and will be subject to availability and local management discretion.
We do not provide meals but there are catering units on the campus.
You could apply by calling the Accommodation Office and one of the Accommodation Team will fill out an application form send an offer out to you by post.
If you are booking for yourself then apply for a single room. Otherwise please see question referring to families/couples.
There is no check in time however the check-out time is 10 a.m. on the day of departure.
Yes you can book accommodation if you are under 18 however we recommend that you ask your parent or legal representative to read the Rental Agreement.
You can use your student loan to pay your rent. It is imperative that we have evidence of your student loan information at the application stage. You will not be given your keys before providing payment or a valid student loan schedule.
Your bank may charge you a fee to make a bank transfer into our account. It is your responsibility to pay this. Please ensure that you transfer enough money to cover both the rent and the transfer fee.
Please make all cheques payable to: The University of the West of Scotland.
As a student you are exempt from paying council tax. Registry located in J Block can print an exemption letter which you can take top the local council offices.
You can pay online using the following link: https://epayments.uws.ac.uk/open/
Students that pay their full 40 week accommodation fee before their course starts will receive a 5% discount. The discount is not available to Trimester only students and any discount would be applied after any other discounts such as the Accommodation Bursary. The Accommodation Bursary is available for Full Fee International Students please contact the Accommodation Team; please see contact details on the above list.
The University does not request that you have a guarantor.
UWS cannot accept foreign currency of traveller’s cheques as payment. UWS would advise that the safest and simplest way to make payment is by Credit/Debit card, bank transfer or cheque at the start of your contract.
There is no deposit however there is a payment payable before you arrive and is taken off your total accommodation fee.
Pots, pans and towels are not provided.
We have family flats at Paisley Campus and couple flats at both Paisley and Ayr Campus and they are subject to availability.
We do have accessible accommodation at our residence; please add any comments on your application form regarding health or access issues. We also have a support for disabilities; please look at the following link:
Once you apply for accommodation you will receive an automatic email to say that we have received your application and we will be sending you an offer for accommodation.
Once you receive an offer please log back into Hallpad using your email address and password to confirm your registration. You will then be emailed a link which will take you back to Hallpad to see your Rental Agreement. Once you have read you then Tick 2 boxes 1) To accept the accommodation and 2) To accept the Terms and Conditions .
Your booking and pre-payment or full payment for the Trimester will be processed and you will be provided with a booking confirmation number. You will also receive confirmation of your booking by email - these are sent automatically. Please print the confirmation email as it needs to be presented on arrival. If you need any further assistance please call our reservations team on Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3967 who will be happy to assist you with your reservation.
*Special requests cannot be guaranteed - if the special request is critical to your booking please contact us for assistance.
You can make a confirmed booking in the following easy steps firstly apply using the following link:
Click on check that you are eligible and follow the instructions. If you are ineligible please contact the Accommodation
Office stating your Banner Number so we can change this for you.
All of our residences are staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week with trained security staff. Where full-time security is not present we have remote CCTV in operation with a remote security back up. In addition UWS has number of Student Wardens who live on-site and can provide guidance and support at all times and have access to our management team 24-hours a day.
You can apply via apply.uws.ac.uk.
For more info, please contact us via email.
International Student Support
What is a Credibility Interview?
Credibility Interviews are part of the Student Visa Application process. The purpose of the interview is to assess if you are a genuine and credible student. The interviews are conducted in English and your ability to speak English is part of the assessment. A transcript of your interview will be sent to the Home Office staff member who will assess your whole application. Your visa application can be refused if you fail to answer the interview questions to the satisfaction of Home Office staff. The Home Office aim to interview most students.
You may be contacted to attend an interview. Your interview may be in person, over the phone or via video call.
When you attend the visa application centre to submit your application and biometric information, you will be interviewed. You may also be asked to attend a further interview at a later date. Your initial interview will usually be via video call to a member of staff in the UK. Further interviews could be the same, via telephone or in person.
***You must ensure that you check your emails (including junk folder). If you do not attend your interview, your application will be automatically refused***
It is extremely important that you prepare for your interview in advance so that you have the best chance of having a successful visa application. You should read through your “Statement of Purpose" from your application and ensure that you answer all questions you are asked honestly and fully.
• Be specific - give examples. Vague and generic answers can lead to visa refusals
• Provide detail - demonstrate that you have researched the course and that you have genuine reasons for coming to the UK
• Be honest - make sure your application is personal to you. Do not quote general statements referring to our website.
Example Questions and what to consider in your answer
Be prepared to answer any question about your decision to study in the UK and specifically about your course at UWS. Think about these 5 areas:
#1 Personal reasons for choosing to study in the UK
What other countries did you consider? Why is UWS a better option than studying in your home country? With extra costs involved in studying overseas, what are the benefits to you?
Why did you choose UWS? How does your future study plan relate to your most recent studies or employment? What are the campus facilities like? Where will you live? If you have previously studied in the UK, why have you chosen to return now? Or, if you have had a long break in your studies, why have you chosen to return to the UK?
What is it specifically about the UWS course you have chosen? How does this compare to other courses? How is your course assessed and what modules are covered? You may find it useful to refer to our website.
How do you plan to pay for your course? Is this your money or your parents' money? Can you justify this significant investment. Are you aware of the total living costs in the UK including how much your accommodation will cost? Have a detailed plan of your expenses. If you have official financial sponsorship make sure you are aware of the amounts and exactly what is covered. If you have a loan, how will you afford to pay this back?
What will you learn that will allow you to progress your career? You need to be able to explain why the course and its content will lead to your career goal. What have you done to advance your career during any "gaps" in study. What are your plans after you graduate?
The interviewer will also be checking your ability to converse well in English, if there is any issue with hearing them clearly e.g. via the video link, you should ensure that you raise this so that they are aware that it is a technical issue not one of comprehension.
Further information click on the web links below to take you to the relevant websites
Visit the main UWS website and the International section
Visit the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website
Visit the British Council website
Read the current Home Office Student Visa
If you have any further questions about your visa application or your Credibility Interview please contact the International Student Support team.
If you experience something that you were not expecting or would like to inform us about your Credibility Interview process, please send us an email.
You may be invited to an interview with UKVI as part of your Visa application.
Please download UKVI interview introduction from here for further information
If you are relying on money held by your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) you will need to provide us with the
following information: bank statement, birth certiﬁcate conﬁrming relationship and an aﬃdavit or letter
International students must show that they have held the required amount of money (tuition fee and living costs)
in their bank for a period of 28 consecutive days. Bank statement must be within 1 month of visa application.
Bank statement has to be on oﬃcial letterhead and bear company stamp.
The funds must be accessible and can be withdrawn at any time.
For out of the UK applicants the deadline is 4 weeks before enrolment commences.
For applicants in the UK the deadline is 1 week after enrolment commences.
Please note visa processing times may vary from country to country, especially during peak times.
Your CAS will be issued when you have met all of the conditions of your oﬀer and meet all UK Visa &
Immigration requirements. Please note that the CAS will only be issued within 3 months of the start date of
the programme. You can only apply for your visa within 3 months of course start date.
he International Admissions CAS team at UWS will issue and send your CAS to you. Please note that your
CAS is unique to you, UWS and your visa application. It is important and must be kept safely and used to
apply for your UK student visa.
The CAS is not an actual certiﬁcate. Each CAS has a unique reference number and contains information
about the course of study for which it has been issued and the student’s personal details. You must be in
possession of a CAS before you apply for your UK Student Visa.
UWS has Tier 4 Sponsor status and is on the list of organisations licensed to sponsor migrants under Tier 4 of
the points-based system.
Passengers travelling to Scotland from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel.
The new public health requirement, to be introduced as soon as practically possible, aims to strengthen current safeguards against imported cases and in particular protect against new strains of coronavirus such as those identified in Denmark and South Africa.
People arriving into Scotland will have to take the pre-departure test (PDT) up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. Those coming from countries not on the quarantine exemption list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
Non-essential travel to or from Scotland is currently illegal and will not immediately change with the introduction of pre-departure testing.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said:
“Travel into or out of Scotland is currently illegal and that will remain the case while we work to suppress the new strain of COVID-19.
“The Scottish Government has been consistently clear about the risks associated with international travel and the importance of public health measures in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus. That is why we have been in regular dialogue with the UK Government and the other devolved administrations about what further measures can be put in place, including the introduction of pre-departure testing (PDT).
“The requirement for pre-departure testing will add to our suite of public health measures as we seek to help drive down transmission of the virus to safeguard health, protect the NHS and save lives.
“It is important to emphasise that this additional measure does not remove the requirement for all passengers arriving from countries not on the quarantine exemption list to self-isolate for ten days, even with a negative test. Likewise, all passengers will continue to have to complete a Passenger Locator Form and, of course, they will be subject to national lockdown restrictions, which currently bar people from leaving their home or other fixed address without a reasonable excuse for doing so.
“As the UK Government has made clear, there are still some outstanding issues to address and it is important that we consider the implications, but we are keen to implement this as soon as it is possible.”
Further details of the PDT scheme, including sanctions for individuals who fail to comply and when it will take effect, will be announced before the scheme is implemented.
The Scottish Government will introduce regulations and UK Border Force will carry out spot checks on travellers to monitor compliance.
We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to University of the West of Scotland.
Welcome and Induction for most programmes begins on Monday 23rd January 2023, and is a very important beginning to your studies at UWS. We strongly encourage you to arrive in time to take part. This will allow you to maximise your experience at UWS and provide you with the best chance of success with your studies. Teaching on most programmes will begin on Monday 30th January 2023 and you should arrive to begin your studies by this date. If teaching on your programme is due to start earlier than this, you will have been notified separately.
To help ensure your journey and arrival are as seamless as possible, we strongly advise you to keep up-to-date with the very latest government guidance around international travel. The UK Government and Scottish Government websites provide the most up-to-date guidance on international travel.
In addition to the above, it is important to keep in mind the guidance below, both ahead of your departure, and when you arrive in the country.
If you would like to share your travel details with us in order to request support with local transport to local accommodation on your arrival in the west of Scotland (for example from Glasgow Airport to one of our Scottish campuses), you can email email@example.com UWS will store this information in line with our GDPR policy.
Following your arrival, we would very much like to give you a call to see how you are settling in and to check that you are aware of the support services within the University and how you can connect with other students. You can request a ‘Check in and chat’ appointment here.
In the meantime, please regularly check out the Student Information Portal on our website, which contains a range of information and guidance relating to your studies with us including how to enrol, complete online security and register with a GP.
We look forward to you starting your studies with us in January.
University of the West of Scotland
Ms. Jun Chen
Jun.Chen@uws.ac.uk Ms. Yuxiao Zhou
Yuxiao.Zhou@uws.ac.uk Ms. Ge XIn
Ge.Xin@uws.ac.uk Mr. Caiyong Zhuang