As an Independent School the Art Academy does not have the right to award Tier 4 Student visas. You therefore need to be a member of the EU or have your own visa, to be able to study here.
For those with the right to study in the UK, there is a lot to think through before deciding to study in a different country. This is a short introduction to help International Students with the process, but it by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to call us to talk though any queries you may have and we would be happy to chat through in more detail.
A key benefit for International Students is that The Art Academy is a such a small school, you will meet people quickly and there is a quick route to get a query answered. It won’t take long before you know every face in the building! Our team are also always on hand to answer questions and offer support throughout the process, and as you settle into life at The Art Academy.
We would recommend you visit UK Council for Student Affairs, a fantastic resource for considering studying in the UK:
We accept applications from all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens or those with an existing visa for the UK.
Please call or email us for more information about managing an application from overseas.
165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
+44 (0) 207407 6969
Office Opening Hours
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm
Accommodation in London
Please download our Accommodation Pack which has comprehensive information for people moving to London for the first time
Healthcare in the UK
The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of health care services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care. You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in London. The Art Academy would advice that you find a GP near where you end up living. You will need your passport and a letter from The Art Academy as proof you are a student.
EEA and Swiss nationals
The UK’s Department of Health has produced a leaflet on Healthcare Information for students from the European Economic Area who may wish to use the National Health Service (NHS).
Non-UK European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, and their family, should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to the UK to ensure access to NHS services for free.
If you are exercising your right to reside in the UK as a student, in accordance with UK EEA regulations you are required to hold comprehensive sickness insurance throughout your period of residence in the UK. Having a valid EHIC issued by an EEA member state other than the UK satisfies this requirement if you are residing in the UK on a temporary basis as a student. Alternatively you can obtain Forms S1, S2 or S3 from the social security institution in your EEA country of residence outside the UK. You would need to contact the social security institution directly to ascertain whether one of these forms would be relevant to your circumstances. If you are not entitled to an EHIC or cannot be issued one of these forms, you are advised to obtain private comprehensive medical insurance. Further information on the requirement for comprehensive sickness insurance is provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Short study periods
If your course is less than six months or you are required to make a number of occasional visits to the UK for short study periods and you are from a non-EEA country, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the UK except for in a medical emergency and this is limited. Some countries have a reciprocal agreement with the UK which may entitle you to some free healthcare on the NHS but you should seek advice from the health authorities in your home country about what treatment will be covered. EEA nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Private Medical Insurance
You cannot take out private healthcare insurance as an alternative to paying the health immigration surcharge as this is a mandatory fee included as part of your visa application. It is a personal decision whether you also have private healthcare insurance. You may wish to consider this to cover the following potential health-related costs:
- Loss of fees if you are unable to complete your course
- Costs incurred returning to your home country for treatment
- Private medical treatment
If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.