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International students

Welcome to Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Solent University.

While British shipping companies normally only recruit British or European Union (EU) nationals, our programmes for MCA certificates of competency may be awarded to people of any nationality and the training programmes are open to all.

Our international advice team is based centrally within the University’s Student Hub and is here to support you throughout your student experience and help you to get the most out of your student life from arrival to graduation.

The University welcomes students from all over the world and we currently have students from more than 70 different countries studying with us. 

Please visit the Solent University website for more information.

European Economic Area (EEA) nationals

If you are a national of one of the full EEA member states or Switzerland, you do not need permission to work in the UK and there are no restrictions on the number of hours you can work.

Non-EEA nationals

If you are a national from outside the EEA, you can check whether you can work or not by looking at the visa stamp/entry clearance certificate in your passport. A restricted stamp indicates that you can work but this is limited to 10 or 20 hours per week depending on your level of study, you can work full-time during official vacation periods.

For more information international students should refer to the UKCISA website for the latest information and advice on:

  • passport stickers and identity cards
  • number of hours you can work whilst studying in the UK
  • types of work you must not do
  • eligibility to work on sandwich courses and work placements
  • definition of term-time

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International students should also hold a formal IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate at the level specified for the course being undertaken, as students must have a good knowledge of written and spoken technical English before entering onto the course.

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