What are the entry requirements?
If you are from an EU country, you can stay in the UK as a student for up to 6 months without a visa, but you must meet the Standard Visitor eligibility requirements. If you’d like to study for longer then 6 months you will be able to take any of our courses by applying for a VISA. There are different types available, check which will suit your needs best here:
Non-EU international students
If you are from outside the EU and plan to stay for less than 6 months you can apply for a Standard Visitor VISA, see more details here:
Students from: Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino & Iceland who are between 18-30 years old can apply for the Youth Mobility scheme for up-to 2 years – find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/youth-mobility. There is also the potential to enter a ballot for the Youth Mobility Scheme if you are from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan. We have been delighted to receive students from Australia’s Sturt School of Wood!
If you are from outside the above countries and plan on taking a longer course with us you will need to apply for a Student VISA to stay in this country. We are currently applying for accreditation which will mean we can become a registered school and support an application for a student visa. Please do get in touch with us to see how the accreditation is progressing and how that may be useful for your Student VISA application.
You’ll need a good level of English. We don’t require you to have an English language qualification, but the course is taught entirely in English so we expect students to have good English language understanding.
Which course should you take?
Because of the limitations of the visa, not all international students are able to join our longer courses. However, we still want to provide international students with the same knowledge and skills as taught on the one year course, so we run a 24 week course. This 24 week course covers all of the same core topics as the 50 week course, and leaves a short amount of time to complete a small project. This means that students will finish the course with all the knowledge and skills they need to start making their own furniture, and the experience of making in a busy workshop alongside other designers and makers.
There are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding areas, including bed & breakfasts for shorter courses and homes you can rent while you stay here for long courses. We can advise you on the local area if you’d like help deciding whether to stay in the nearby city, Brighton, or whether to stay closer by in a quieter area. We can recommend an estate agent to get in contact with to arrange your accommodation. You can also speak to our admin team who have a list of local businesses and residents offering places to stay.
We regularly run a one week Introduction to Furniture Making course, and this can be a great way to experience the studio, the staff, and the area to see if you’d like to study here on a longer course. The course is full time Monday to Friday and students will work on making a tray. This can also be a great opportunity to speak to staff about the longer course and ask any questions you may have. If, after the week course, you decide to book a longer course, we’ll refund the fee for the long course against the cost of the week course – so if you go on to book a long course, the week course will have essentially been free!