International students

Norwich – a fine city for study

The historic city of Norwich is situated in East Anglia, with waterways around the city and unspoilt countryside scattered with traditional villages and market towns.  It also has a beautiful coastline with miles of sandy beaches and vibrant seaside towns as well as nature reserves full of wildlife that have travelled here from across the world. 

Norwich is proud of its past and present status. In medieval times Norwich was one of the most important cities in England, and today it offers a blend of historic interest and modern sophistication.  Norwich has a great nightlife with stylish café bars, pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and nightclubs.  Arts and culture is also important in Norfolk. There are many annual festivals celebrating art, music and performance.

Norwich has its own international airport, which connects us to the major cities of the UK, and the rest of the world via Europe. Norwich is 2 hours from London by train or coach, so it is very easy to enjoy the historical sights, museums, culture and diversity of our capital city very cheaply with a little forward planning.

Five facts about Norwich

  • Population 380,000
  • 5 million tourists visit Norwich each year
  • Norwich is one of the top 10 retail centres in the UK
  • Education: Norwich is a major centre for education and training and has one of the highest graduate rates in the country.
  • Employment: Norwich is an international centre for financial services, creative/media industries, and health/life sciences. Other employment areas include public services, retail, construction, engineering, manufacturing and tourism.

International students at City College Norwich

International students from all over the world have been coming to City College Norwich to study for over 30 years. City College Norwich is known for its friendly atmosphere and its supportive staff, and is perfect for students who appreciate the quieter pace of life that is available here in Norfolk. Alongside excellent teaching and great support, and the opportunity for work both during and after studies, you will interact with a mix of people from those who were born in Norfolk and have never ventured further afield, to those who have travelled the world and are now settled here. 

To make the experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible, we have a dedicated International Adviser, Carolyn Fitzgerald, who can help with your choice of course, application and immigration procedures.  Whilst here in Norwich and studying at City College Norwich, Carolyn will take a keen interest in your welfare, helping with visa renewals, fees and other financial matters, and any personal issues.

Carolyn Fitzgerald is available from Monday to Friday  to guide you through the process of becoming an international student at City College. If you or a relative are already living in Norfolk, it is recommended that you make an appointment to see Carolyn who will advise you on the academic and immigration procedures for international students at City College.  Carolyn can be contacted at The Advice Shop, City College Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2LJ, tel ++44 (o)1603 773483, fax ++44 (0)1603 773301. Email .

International Fact Sheets

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find a selection of international fact sheets that will answer any questions you might have about coming to City College Norwich as an international student. 

International Student Information
This gives you general information about being an international student, including immigration. It also includes some useful websites.

International Students Course Fees
This tells you about international course fees, deposits required and methods of payment

English Language Qualifications
There is an entry requirement of a certain level of English Language for International students for whom English is not their first language.

Further Education Fees (FE) fact sheet
If you are ordinarily resident in this country but do not have a student visa, you need to meet certain residence requirements to pay the lower "home fee" rate.  Check your details with this fact sheet if you are applying for a Further Education course

Higher Education Fees (HE) fact sheet
If you are ordinarlily resident in this country but do not have a student visa, Higher Education fees are assessed differently to Further Education fees.  Check your details with this fact sheet if you are applying for a Higher Education course

Useful links to websites

Here is some very useful information for international students from other websites. Click on the links to gain direct access to the sites listed

UKCISA - The UK Council for International Student Affairs

The UK Council for International Affairs is a dedicated organisation for international students and advisers.  They produce a whole range of useful information sheets. Click below for more information sheets.

Applying for a Tier 4 visa

Study methods in the UK

Cost of living and budgeting

Choosing your accommodation

Protecting your Tier 4 status

Keeping healthy

Making a Tier 4 (general) application in the UK

Working during your studies

Working after your studies

and many more .........

The British Council Education UK

The British Council Education UK
gives a range of very useful information for prospective international students

The UK Border Agency
provides application forms, guidance and the law on immigration to the UK

Student visitor visa

Tier 4 visa

Prospective student visa

Norwich visitors information

For a visitors guide to Norwich

London visitors information

The International Advisor, Carolyn Fitzgerald is here to support you through your time at City College Norwich, right from when you apply to when you leave. We offer a friendly and sympathetic service and can help you with a wide range of issues (including personal issues) which may arise during your studies. Please talk to the International Advisor in The Advice Shop at City College Norwich as soon as possible if you think you may need help from any of these services. Telephone + 44 (0) 1603 773483 Email

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