What are the entry requirements for GPISH?
A completed first degree of good standing from an accredited university, equivalent to a British Bachelor’s degree.
Proof of English language proficiency.
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What qualifications do I need to have achieved before applying?
You will need to have completed a first degree of good standing from an accredited university, equivalent to a British Bachelor’s degree. This is usually a three- or four-year degree, but varies depending on country, institution and discipline.
How do I know if my degree is equivalent to a British Bachelor’s degree
UK NARIC is the UK's National Recognition Information Centre and provides services for individuals and organisations to compare international qualifications against UK qualification framework levels. You can compare non-UK qualifications to the UK system by contacting UK NARIC https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/)+44 (0) 870 990 4088. Please note, however, this may incur a cost to you. The IIS will only check degree equivalency when applications have been submitted.
I am graduating summer 2019, can I still apply for GPISH?
Yes, you can still apply, however we will require an interim transcript detailing all modules taken to date.
Will I have to take a test to prove my competency in the English Language?
You will be required to take an English language test unless you are a national of an English majority speaking country (as defined by UKVI) or have completed an undergraduate and postgraduate degree taught in the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. If you are a national of Canada you are also exempt from taking the test. If you have completed an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Canada and are not a Canadian national you will be required to take the test.
I undertook a study abroad term/year or module abroad, do I still need to take the English language test?
Yes, you will still have to prove your English language proficiency. Completing a module/term or year does not exempt you from the English language requirement.
Which English language test is valid?
You must take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. IELTS stands for ‘International English Language Testing System’. The IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking professional registration in the United Kingdom. The IIS can only accept the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test, please see the below guidance to ensure you book the correct test.
The IELTS for UKVI (Academic) certificate will display your UKVI number as below:
IELTS for UKVI (Academic) is the only IELTS qualification that the IIS will accept for the Tier 4 visa, so please ensure you take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and not the similarly named IELTS Academic test. The IIS will not accept any other IELTS certificate..
What IELTS Academic score must I achieve to be eligible for the GPISH programme?
The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 6.5. You will need to have a minimum sub-score of 6.0 in each component.
Do I need to submit my IELTS for UKVI certificate when I apply?
Yes; the IIS will not accept your application for GPISH unless you have provided this IELTS for UKVI (Academic) certificate by the application deadline.
What if the name on my qualifications differs from my name on my passport?
The consistency of your name on all documentation is very important and it is imperative that your name is always spelled and written exactly the same on all formal documents which includes your passports, evidence of previous qualifications and IELTS for UKVI (Academic) certificate. Should you have any discrepancies, you will need to provide an affidavit with your application. This affidavit should confirm all variations of your name are the same person.
How do I apply?
You will need to complete the pre-application form online. Please click the APPLY NOW button on the GPISH main page.
We will then send you a link to both the application pack and to your unique candidate portal (OneDrive) where you can upload your application. If you would like to send a postal application please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens after I have submitted my application?
Once your application has been received we will send you an initial email confirming that we have received your documentation, as long as you have provided a valid email address. We will not be able to acknowledge your application if you do not provide an email address. You will then receive a second email informing you if your application is complete, eligible, and if it will be passed to the admissions committee for consideration.
How we assess your application
Once your application has been received, it will be processed (providing it is complete) and assessed by relevant staff at the IIS. Your application will be assessed and reviewed by a First and Second Committee composed of IIS faculty.
To assess your suitability for the programme, the faculty will look at:
- your university degree grade
- the grades achieved in individual units/components of your degree
- your references
- your personal statement
- your sample of academic written work
Stage 1 -The outcome of these assessments and reviews will be communicated to you by mid-February 2020.
Stage 2 - If you are shortlisted, the IIS will organise an entry exam which will take place in late February and you will also be required to participate in a panel interview (normally conducted via Skype). These interviews will be organised mid-March 2020.
Stage 3 – Final Decision. You will be informed as soon as a decision has been made. It is likely that all decisions and offers will be communicated in early April 2020.
Please note: Incomplete applications will be rejected.
I have a complaint about the admissions process. Who do I contact?
If you have any complaints relating to the admissions process, please see our complaints policy on the IIS website.
Where do students live while in London?
Students reside in the newly built accommodation in King’s Cross. Located minutes away from the King’s Cross RStudents reside in the student accommodation in King’s Cross. Located minutes away from the King’s Cross Rail and Tube station, in the heart of London, the building has 198 bedrooms all designed to enhance students’ experience of living and studying. Designed by award-winning Stanton Williams Architects, the building offers a number of amenities such a reception, reading rooms, communal kitchens, a gym, a roof terrace and a courtyard. The cost of living at the residence is covered by the scholarship. The rooms are based in "Cluster Flats" with individual rooms, each with its own ensuite shower room. Each cluster has six to eight rooms, with a shared kitchen and living area. You will be provided with a single room. All students are required to live in this residence.ail and Tube station, in the heart of London, the building has 198 bedrooms all designed to enhance students’ experience of living and studying. Designed by award winning Stanton Williams Architects, the building offers a number of amenities such a reception, reading rooms, communal kitchens, a gym, a roof terrace and a courtyard. The cost of living at the residence is covered by the students’ scholarship. You will be provided with a single room. The rooms are based in "Cluster Flats" with individual rooms, each with its own ensuite shower room. Each cluster has six to eight rooms, with a shared kitchen and living area. All students are required to live in this residence.
Can I apply to both STEP and GPISH?
Yes. However, each programme has distinct aims and you are therefore encouraged to think carefully before applying about how either programme would meet your academic and career goals. In reviewing your application(s), the respective selection committees will be looking at your suitability for a particular programme and how you make the case for your admission into the course.
Can I bring my spouse/dependants with me when I study in London?
No. Current UKVI regulations do not allow GPISH students to bring dependents to the UK under the IIS Tier 4 sponsorship. We recognise that most of our students are recruited from outside of the United Kingdom and the European Economic Area and may want to invite dependants to live with them in the UK at some point during their study, but this is not possible. For more information, please refer to the UKVI’s website. During the third year, students will be enrolled at a UK university and therefore the Tier 4 visa will be sponsored by a Higher Education Institution (HEI). The rule for dependents under HEI Tier 4 sponsorship is different and therefore students may be able to bring dependants to the UK. Please see UKVI website for further details
Am I allowed to work whilst I am in the UK?
Under current UKVI policy, students will not be entitled to seek any paid or even unpaid employment while staying in the UK as a student enrolled on GPISH.
Am I eligible to vote whilst I am in the UK?
You may be eligible to vote in local and general elections if you qualify under the following criteria:
- You are a UK or Irish citizen
- You are a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
- You are an EU citizen resident in the UK
A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave. The definition of a ‘Commonwealth’ citizen includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. You can register to vote from this website: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/register-to-vote