FAQs

  


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 the UK's National Academic Recognition Information Centre (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 International English Language Testing System known as an IELTS test. This 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 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 admissions@iis.ac.uk

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 the relevant faculty. Your application will be assessed and reviewed by a First and Second Committee.

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 2019.

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 2019.

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 2019.


Please note: Any applications that are incomplete 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 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 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. Therefore, you are encouraged to think very 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 for your ability to make a strong case for your decision to apply to a particular programme.

Can I bring my spouse/dependants with me when I study in London?

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. Please note that current UKVI regulations do not allow GPISH students to bring any dependants to the United Kingdom. For more information, please refer to the UKVI’s website: