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International students

We're proud that our open, friendly community includes over 180 international students from more than 45 different countries.

Studying abroad can be challenging. We work very closely with the University's International Students Office to support our overseas students and make sure they have a great experience studying at Jesus College.

International Student Guide

You can find a lot of useful information and detailed advice on the University International Students website and in the International Student Guide, which is updated every year with everything you need to know before, during, and after applying to Cambridge.

Both of these resources offer practical information and tips on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective. 

Arrival information

Entering the UK

If you are not a UK or Irish national you will need to apply for a student visa and for certain subjects an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate too.

Once your visa and ATAS applications have been approved, you'll be issued with an entry permit allowing you to travel to the UK. 

If appropriate to you, you will then you'll need to pick up your visa, in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), when you get to Cambridge. EEA and Swiss nationals will be issued a digital immigration status in place of a BRP card.

Police registration

Some student visa holders are required to register with the police. You will receive more details close to your arrival date.

Immigration health surcharge

To access the National Health Service (NHS) free of charge while you're in the UK, you need to pay an immigration health surcharge with your visa application.

While you're studying, as a Jesus College student on a student visa, you will need to make contact with the Tutorial Department at the beginning of every term to confirm that you are engaging with your studies to comply with UK Government regulations. The college is also required to hold a copy of your current immigration documents.

Welcome events

There are also Welcome to Cambridge events which take place around the world over the summer, organised by the University’s volunteer alumni groups. There are more than 440 groups all over the world.

If you'd like any more information about studying at Jesus College as a postgraduate student please call us on +44 (0)1223 339421 or email

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