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International

At Plymouth College of Art, the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors are of the highest importance. As new guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) is released from UK government authorities, we’re committed to keeping our community informed and reassured.

If you have course-related queries you should contact your Subject Leader. If you have any other questions about your first term, including accommodation, key dates, timetables, and language support, please email hello@pca.ac.uk

To view the latest key dates and timetable information for your course, please click the relevant study-level below:

To speak to someone at Plymouth College of Art about your studies please download our Key Contacts guide.

To request an alternative format please email web@pca.ac.uk

We welcome applications from disabled international students and we encourage you to declare your disability and your support needs as soon as possible. Telling us about your disability will not affect your selection as a student, but will enable us to assess your needs and inform you as to what extent we can meet your requirements.

In order to help put the right support in place for you, the Student Support team may need to discuss your disability-related requirements with other people and organisations. If you do not wish Student Support to disclose your disability-related information, you must inform them of this immediately.

For information on the support available and if you have any specific access requirements, please contact Student Support on +44 (0)1752 203423 or email studentsupport@pca.ac.uk.

If you require a copy of this information in an alternative format, please contact us.

From 5 October 2020, a new Student visa has replaced the Tier 4 route. As an international student, you will need a Student visa which you can apply for online. Student Route and Child Student Route visas now replace the Tier 4 route. The Student route, which falls under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, improves on the previous Tier 4 route making for a more streamlined experience for both sponsoring institutions and students.

Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid and those eligible will still be able to apply for the Graduate Route when it opens in summer 2021. The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Student (or Tier 4) visa at the time of application.

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Checklist before your arrival:

  • Money/card for your arrival and living

  • Passport and visa

  • Travel insurance or other relevant insurance

  • Your accommodation address and contact number

  • Passenger locator form and pre-departure Covid test


Checklist for your arrival:

  • If you do not know where to go, please go to Plymouth College of Art’s Campus Reception at Tavistock Place, email enquiries@pca.ac.uk or Whatsapp us on 07722 744184

  • Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days of arrival. But do not worry if you need to self-isolate, as you can collect your BRP when you finish isolating. Collection address: Plymouth Post Office, 73-85 New George Street, Plymouth PL1 1RP

  • Do not forget to register with the police if your country is on the list that requires registration, please check their website for the Police National Registration Scheme to see if you need to register.

  • Please register with a local general practitioner (GP), visit the GP Plymouth Register for all of the different options available.

  • Open a UK bank account, you can request a letter from our Campus Reception at Tavistock Place or email enquiries@pca.ac.uk

We are committed to ensuring that our students have suitable accommodation choices, and all first-year students are guaranteed accommodation within the city. We work with our safe and affordable accommodation provider Host to bring you a wide range of private halls and housing so that you can find a place to live that suits you.

Our recommended accommodation provider Host, have several policies in place to support students, paying particular attention to the issues brought in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including:

  • Semester Lets available
  • No Place, No Pay
  • Restricted Travel Promotion
  • Flexible Booking
  • No Visa, No Pay

To find out more about HOST's policies please click here.

Most students in their first year choose to live in a Student Hall of Residence. All rooms in halls of residence offer ensuite bathrooms, and have bright and airy communal areas, with cooking, dining and social facilities.

  • Rooms are fully furnished
  • Share your flat with other Plymouth College of Art students
  • 24/7 concierge at selected properties
  • Stay for up to 51 weeks of the year
  • Within walking distance to the campus

There are various Student Letting agents in the city, many of whom have international liaisons who can offer guidance and support for students adjusting to their new surroundings. Visit our accommodation page to get started.

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For travel information and maps of the college campus please visit our Getting Here page.

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for on our International pages or the Welcome Site please contact us:

  • Email: international@pca.ac.uk
  • Phone: +44 01752 203400
  • Whatsapp: +44 (0)7722 744184