City, University of London (CUL) is a public research university in London, United Kingdom and a member institution of the federal University of London. It was founded as the Northampton Institute in 1894, and in 1966, it became a university when royal charter created The City. City joined the federal University of London in 2016, comprising of 18 colleges and 10 research institutes.
City has its main campus in Central London, with additional campuses in Islington, the City, the West End and East End. Furnished in 2016–17 the annual income of the institution was £227 million, of which £11.6 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £221.4 million. The university is organised into 5 schools, which include 40 academic departments and centres. City currently houses over 20,000 students which include 46% at postgraduate or research level from more than 150 countries. University’s City Alumni Network comprises over 140,000 former students from over 180 countries.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
Students at City, University of London can explore courses such as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, foundation degrees, evening and weekend courses, short courses, executive education, professional development and work-based learning.
City offers over 60 undergraduate degree courses across five specialist schools. Providing academic excellence for 125 years in business and the professions, City, University of London offers a wide range of undergraduate degree in subjects as diverse as Business, Finance, the Arts, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Health, Nursing, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Law.
University also offers preparatory courses to students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees. These courses offer guaranteed entry to a specific degree at City, provided that they achieve the required grades. City’s partner colleges and centres offer Foundation and Preparatory courses. Thus, studying in these courses, students will enjoy the benefit of full membership of City, University of London and also exclusive access to a range of student services.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
At City, University of London, the entry requirements vary from course to course. However, there are some general requirements that are common for all courses. For individual course requirements, applicants are encouraged to visit the course pages, or contact the university.
The entry requirement for undergraduate course entails a minimum requirement of passing in two subjects at A-level or equivalent, as well as fulfilling some specific course requirements. All undergraduate applications, from both UK and international students, need to be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
Applicants aspiring to pursue postgraduate degrees at City should normally hold a university Honours degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject. Applicants who don't hold an Honours degree or equivalent but have suitable experience and/or professional qualifications, may still be accepted for a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma at the discretion of the relevant department. Additionally, university recognises several pre-Masters programmes, in particular those provided by Kaplan International College London and INTO City, University of London.
Most postgraduate degree applications are made directly to City (usually to the specific department running the course) via a dedicated online system. For more information, please see City’s individual course pages.
English language requirements:
Applicants must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in English is sufficient for them to be able to benefit from and participate fully in their degree. Furthermore, students requiring a student visa must also demonstrate their English proficiency as part of the visa application process. English requirements differ with each course. Thus, for courses that require specific requirements, applicants are advised to visit individual course pages for details.
Following are the English language requirements:
- Undergraduate: IELTS 6.0 is required (IELTS 6.5 for Business and IELTS 7.0 for Journalism and Law courses)
- Postgraduate:IELTS 6.5 is required (IELTS 7.0 for Business, Journalism and Law courses)
What all documents are needed for application?
To proceed with the registration, applicants must submit original certificates or certified copies of their relevant degrees and other qualifications. There are three documents that all students applying through UCAS will require:
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
Yes, the application fee is £20 if students are applying to one course, and it is £25 for multiple courses (£26 if students are applying for 2021 entry) and for late applications sent after 30 June.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
UK Government determines the tuition fees for undergraduate students from the United Kingdom and European Union. For students beginning their studies in 2020, the fee will be £9,250 for each year of study for the entire duration of studies.
Tentative Course Fee at City, University of London
1st Year Tuition Fees (£)
MIM (5 Courses)
27,500 - 29,500
BBA (1 Course)
MS (1 Course)
BE/BTech (2 Courses)
16,250 - 17,500
MBA (1 Course)
Source: City, University of London
Note: Fees for international (non-EU) students vary with each programme. For more details on tuition fees, applicants are encouraged to visit individual course pages on the official website of the university.
How to pay?
Students without a loan must pay their fees directly to the University. City has an instalment scheme for some students where they pay 50% of the course fee at the time of registration and the remaining 50% at the end of the following January. Students can find out more about the instalment scheme and methods of payment accepted by City at university’s Income Team's pages.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
Yes, there are scholarships and financial aids available for international students. For more details on scholarships and financial aids, applicants are encouraged to visit university website.
The Sandhu Charitable Foundation Scholarship:
- Sandhu Charitable Foundation offers two first-year undergraduate students at Cass Business School with Sponsorship of £5000 per year towards tuition fees for the duration of their three years of study.
- Eligibility: First-year undergraduate students holding an offer with Cass Business School and in need of financial assistance as determined by the Cass Development Office.
First Formations Business Scholarships
- First Formations Business Scholarships awards 10 successful applicants with a bursary of £600 each. The bursary is designed to ease students with the additional costs involved in studying.
- Eligibility: Available for current undergraduate and postgraduate students only.
Future Finance Loans:
- The loan is awarded between £2,000 and £60,000 to help students cover their tuition fees and living expenses.
- Eligibility: UK, EU or international students on undergraduate or postgraduate courses, who have a UK, domiciled address.
Global Leaders Scholarship:
- Global Leaders Scholarships of £1,000 is offered by City, University of London to promising international and EU undergraduate students.
- Eligibility: EU/International students applying for first year of study. Scholarships awarded are based on academic merit.
President's International Scholarship:
- The President's Scholarship of £2,000 is offered by the City, University of London to outstanding international undergraduate students starting their first year.
- Eligibility: AAA or A*AA at A Level or IB of 35+ for international students
The Sekforde Scholarship:
- Sekforde Pubs is offered to up to five students demonstrating an outstanding academic ability, a scholarship worth £12,000. However, to qualify for this scholarship students must have a desire and ability to create a fairer and more sustainable world.
- Eligibility: Available for all undergraduate applicants
Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary:
- A bursary of £500 is offered by Postgrad Solutions to applicants aspiring to pursue postgraduate courses, open to students from anywhere in the world.
- Eligibility: Postgraduate and research students, open application.
When do the admissions start?
Following image illustrates the Undergraduate and Pre-Registration Students: Term Dates 2020/21:
Following image illustrates the Postgraduate and Post-Registration Students: Term Dates 2020/21:
Note: Please note that these dates are subject to review and may change. Students are encouraged to check the university’s website for exact deadlines.
How do I start my application? Is there any Pathway option available?
To start with the application, applicant must first register and create an account at UCAS. Applicants can select up to five courses in their application to UK higher education. Also, they can apply for multiple courses at one university or college, but each course counts as one of the five choices. Next, applicants must choose a subject. This should be followed by checking of application deadlines. After selecting the course and university, the applicant can proceed with the application.
Yes, pathway programmes are available for international students coming to City from overseas who require a preparatory programme before admission.
INTO City, University of London
City with INTO University Partnerships has established a study centre near to Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London's financial district. Students enrolling at INTO City, effectively a City, University of London, have full access to its facilities.
The Pre-sessional courses of City, University of London are fashioned for both bachelors and masters courses and are available as 4, 8 and 12 week programmes.
International Foundation Programmes:
Applicants with High School qualifications that do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate course at City, University of London can join the International Foundation Programmes. It provides academic preparation for first year undergraduate entry and ensures that applicants meet the academic English language requirements for the chosen degree programme. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to City, University of London.
The Graduate Diploma:
If applicants’ higher education qualifications do not meet the entry requirements of the graduate course at City, the Graduate Diploma offered by INTO City, University of London provides a route for applicants whose higher education qualifications do not meet the entry requirements of their postgraduate programme.
Kaplan International College (KIC) London
City, University of London with KIC London provides Foundation courses to international students which lead to entry in the undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. After successfully completing the course at KIC, students are guaranteed an entry in the undergraduate and postgraduate degree at City.
Kaplan IC London’s Foundation Certificate equips applicants with the English language ability, academic skills and the key subject knowledge needed to study in an undergraduate degree.
The Pre-Master’s programme:
Kaplan’s also offers a Pre-Master’s programme that prepares applicants for the postgraduate study at City, University of London.After successful completion of Pre-Master’s at the required level, students can progress to City, University of London to study a postgraduate degree.
What are the steps to the application process?
At City, the undergraduate application must be done using Apply—the UCAS online application service at ucas.com/students. The students must register and login to UCAS to proceed with application.
Below given are the six steps to the application process:
Step 1) Personal details: Applicants must provide relevant information related to name, contact details and so on in this section.
Step 2) Choices: Applicants are allowed to select up to five different courses. There’s no preference order, and the universities and colleges will not see the other choices.
Step 3) Education: In this section, applicants must provide the list of all current and pending qualifications.
Step 4) Employment: This is applicable to applicants with any full-time or part-time paid employment. Information related to the employment must be furnished in this section.
Step 5) Personal statement: In this section, applicants have to draft a personal statement and detail out the reasons for choosing the university and course. The personal statement also allows the university to assess the applicant and decide why he/she should be accepted for a course.
Step 6) Reference: In this section, applicants must upload the letter of recommendation from an adviser, teacher or other appropriate person who knows the applicant academically.
After completing all the sections, applicants must submit their application for the universities and colleges to consider all the applications they receive.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
Applicants can sign in to the UCAS track system to check the progression of the application and see if they have received any decisions from the universities or not. Applied universities connect with the applicant through emails. Do keep a track of email from these universities.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this university?
At City, University of London, all applications are considered on individual merit and in accordance with City’s Equal Opportunities policy. University’s admissions staff look at the applicants’ qualifications, background and experience and aim to ensure that they are given full and equitable treatment in pursuing the chosen course of study.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
City houses over 7,000 international students including 250 students from India pursuing its undergraduate and graduate degree programmes.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
Yes, students pursuing full time degree-level courses holding a Tier 4 Visa are permitted to work in the UK. However the students must meet the following rules and requirements:
- Work up to 20 hours per week during university term time
- Full-time in vacation periods
- Full-time during term time if on a work placement (any work placement must not be longer than 50% of the total course length)
Note: Students with a Tier 4 Visa for a part-time course are not allowed to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many colleges and campuses does the university have?
City, University of London’s comprises five specialist schools and is a home to outstanding academic departments, faculties, divisions and research centres.
Image source: City, University of London
City has sites throughout London, and its main campus is located at Northampton Square in the Finsbury area of Islington. At the west of Northampton Square is the Rhind Building, which houses the School of Arts and Social Sciences. A few buildings of the main campus are located in nearby Goswell Road in Clerkenwell. The other academic sites are the City Law School in Holborn, Camden and City, University of London Business School in St Luke's, Islington, and INTO City in Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets.
Is on-campus housing available?
Yes, the following are the housing options available at City, University of London:
Undergraduate accommodation is split across four halls, each of which can be easily accessed from the University.
- Liberty Court in the historic Smithfields area
- Liberty Hall in lively Islington
- Liberty House, a two minutes’ walk from the main campus
- The Gardens Halls near the British Library
- East Central House in Lever Street 5 minutes’ walk from the university
City, University of London offers a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates. This scheme allows the undergraduate students a place in one of City's affiliated Halls. To be eligible, students must meet the respective scheme's criteria.
Fees & Contracts:
As the cost of living and studying in London can be high, City wishes to ease the financial burden of the students by making it affordable and accessible. Thus, City, University of London has introduced an accommodation subsidy to reduce the cost of its undergraduate halls of residence. For details, students are requested to visit the university website.
International & Exchange Students
International students coming to City for full academic year are eligible to apply for accommodation in City's nominated halls. Furthermore, if students are applying to different undergraduate courses, they are bound by the conditions of City's Accommodation Guarantee Scheme laid for undergraduate students. Students coming to study at City from outside the European Union (EU) are required to apply for a visa.
Applying for Halls:
All applications for a place in Halls of Residence associated with City, University of London must be made online.
The undergraduate students will get a chance to apply for accommodation only after they have received an offer for a full-time course at City, University of London and have firmly accepted this offer. To initiate the process, students will be sent an email with a link to the application form.
Following table represents the 2020/2021 prices for first year undergraduates:
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
For queries related to application, international students can reach out to the international help desk of the university.
- Website Link: www.city.ac.uk/
- Physical Address: City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, United Kingdom
- Email id: email@example.com
- Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5060