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We have a large community of international students here at Southampton Solent University and understand that the process of relocating to a new country can be challenging. Students coming from China can find a range of advice about obtaining a visa and studying in the UK right here on the Solent website.

For more specific advice about coming from China to study, please see the information below. Alternatively, you can contact the British Council's China offices or our own international advice team.

Entry requirements

As a general guide, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British high school A-levels. A portfolio is also required for most of our art and design courses.

Students with a good Senior High School Diploma and an IELTS of minimum 5.5 may be eligible for a foundation year (level 0 of a bachelor's degree) or an HND programme.

For postgraduate courses, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British bachelor's degree.

Visa information

As a Chinese national, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK. When you have met all the conditions of entry for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University (including payment of deposit and course acceptance), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. You will need this document to apply for a student visa.

You should make your application for a visa at the local British Embassy or High Commission.

Speak with an official representative

Solent has a number of official representatives around the world. They give you the chance to talk about opportunities here at Southampton Solent with someone in your own country. 

Decent Education Consulting Limited
2123 Tower 1 China Phoenix Building
Fuitan District, Shenzhen
China 518000
Tel: + 86075582725213
Contact: Maggie Lin

IAE Edu Net - Shanghai
23H Cross Region Plaza
No 899, Lingling Road
Xuhui Dist., Shanghai
P.R. China 200030
Tel: +86 21 5150 6209
Fax: +86 21 5150 6175

IAE Edu Net - Beijing
B 503, Jianway SOHO,
39 East 3rd-Ring Middle Road,
Chaoyang District,
Beijing, P.R. China 100022
Tel: + 86 10 5900 3490
Fax: +86 10 5900 3496

IAE Edu Net - Guangzhou
Room 805, 8th Floor, 
Liwan District Overseas Chinese Tech Park,
No 330 Zhongshan 7th Road,
Liwan District, Guangzhou,
Guangdong, P.R. China 510170
Tel: +86 20 8136 0117

IAE Edu Net - Hangzhou
Room 725, Yuantong Building
No 511, Yan'an  Road
Hangshou, P.R. china 310006
Tel: + 86 571 2890 8899
Fax: + 86 571 8515 7897

IEES (Henan International Education Exchanges & Services Ltd)
1802 Tower A, Jincheng International Square
66 Jingsan Road
Zhengzhou, China
Tel: +86 73 165861680

MEE Music Ethics Education
Adrian Lo
No. 48, Middle 6 Road
University Town
Panyu District

Shanghai Nanhe
Unit 1505, No 1378, Wanshili Building
Lujiabang Road
Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 21 61367308 

Shanghai WE Consultation
Room 709, Xiangyang Building
North Xiangyang Road
Xuhui District
Shanghai 200031
Tel: 86 21 7228 0760
Contact Person: Grace Ge

Tianhao Company 
5th Floor, Business Building, CBD
ChangJiang Middle Road
Hefei City, Anhui
230022, China
Tel: +86 15 955105008

Partner institutions

If you are studying at one of our academic partner institutions, you may be able to enter the second or third year of one of our undergraduate courses. This can allow you to extend your learning and obtain a British undergraduate qualification. We hold partnership agreements with the following institutions in China:

  • Anhui Economic Management Institute
  • Huaiyin Institute of Technology
  • Qilu University of Technology
  • Shanghai Jianqiao University
  • Three Gorges University
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