Connect with us
The Africa Team are excited to connect with prospective students who want to find out more about studying at Warwick and are currently offering one-to-one counselling sessions with our Recruitment Lead for Africa, Caroline Rushingwa, find out more on this page (New dates available soon). Alternatively, join one of our Live Chats or email Africa@warwick.ac.uk
The University of Warwick is pleased to welcome over 400 students from Africa each year, studying from foundation programme to our research degrees. We currently have 2 students completing their studies with us from Sierra Leone. All the information you need on making your application to Warwick can be found below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
Warwick IFP: West African Senior School Certificate Examination, School Certificate or General Certificate of Education (ordinary) with five passes at Grade B3. Specific subjects may be required depending on the IFP pathway chosen.
UndergraduateLink opens in a new window: Warwick IFP required. Alternatively A Levels, IB, American, and European systems considered
PostgraduateLink opens in a new window: A score of 70%+ from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK First Class degree. 60-69% or B+ is considered comparable to a UK 2.1 and a score of 50-59% or B is considered comparable to a UK 2.2.
You need to demonstrate a required level of English language proficiency to meet the entry requirements for Warwick. Please see more here.
Visa Information for the Sierra Leone
Immigration summary for nationals of Sierra Leone
The immigration summary below is for nationals of Sierra Leone applying from their home country. If you are a national of another country but living in Sierra Leone, please contact your local visa application centre for further advice or refer to the UK Visa and Immigration website. The information provided should be used as guidance only. It has been taken from the UK Visas and Immigration website, which should be referred to in all immigration matters.
Please note from 31 July 2015, individuals applying from Sierra Leone for UK entry clearance of more than 6 months duration will no longer receive a visa vignette (sticker) inside their passport. Successful visa applicants will instead be issued with an official Home Office decision letter and their passport endorsed with a single-entry travel visa valid for 30 days which should be used to enter the UK. After arriving in the UK individuals will be required to collect a biometric residence card which features the full length of your visa.
When completing the Tier 4 (General) Student online application, you will be asked to provide an approximate date of travel and the postal code for the address where you will stay once in the UK. Your CAS will contain information as to how to use the ACL code to have your BRP card delivered to the University of Warwick (if you do not use the code, your BRP card will be delivered to a designated Post Office nearest to the post code provided). Your 30-day travel visa will be valid 7 days before the 'expected date of travel' you put on your visa application form, and you can arrive in the UK up to 1 month prior to your course start date. The Home Office decision letter will provide information on the full length of your visa, and details of where to collect the residence permit. You should carry this letter in hand luggage when you travel to the UK.
You can find more information about how to prepare for a Tier 4 visa application, including how to complete the online application form, what documents to prepare, and what documents to submit here: www.warwick.ac.uk/immigration/tier4
Is a visa required?
If you want to study in the UK, you must obtain a Tier 4 visa under the points-based system before you travel here.
Am I eligible for the ‘Tier 4 Pilot’ Scheme?
If you will be studying a Master's degree which is less than 13 months in length, once you accept an unconditional offer, your CAS should confirm if you are eligible for the 'Tier 4 Pilot' Scheme which means a much easier visa application process and a longer visa. Please visit www.warwick.ac.uk/immigration/tier4/applying/t4pilot for more information.
Is a Tuberculosis (TB) certificate required?
A valid medical certificate showing the holder is clear of TB is required. For a list of approved medical practitioners, please see www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa
If you have been in the UK for more than six months holding a student visa and are returning to your home country and applying for a Tier 4 visa while there, as long as you are not in that country for more than six months, you do not need to take a TB test. For example, if you have just completed a 3-year undergraduate degree in the UK in June 2018 and are going home over the summer holidays and applying for a Tier 4 visa before returning to the UK for the new term starting September 2018, you will not require a TB test. You should explain on the Tier 4 application form why you don't require a TB test, and ensure that your passport contains immigration stamps as evidence of this.
Am I considered a ‘low risk’ national by the UK Home Office?
No, you are not considered a 'low risk' national by the Home Office UKVI and so you should submit full documentation in support of a Tier 4 visa application (unless you are eligible for 'Tier 4 Pilot Scheme'- see separate section).
Will I need to have a credibility interview?
You may be asked to attend a short interview or take part in a telephone interview which will focus on your reasons for coming to the UK; this is known as a credibility interview. If asked to attend an interview you will be offered the first available interview date. The interview is usually conducted at the Visa Application Centre via Skype with an officer in the UK. A report of the interview will be sent to the visa officer who will consider it alongside your visa application and supporting documents.
Are you applying with dependants?
If you are considering bringing your family to Warwick, you should read this guidance www.warwick.ac.uk/immigration/dependants/
If you require further guidance or information, including advice on what to do if your visa is refused, please see www.warwick.ac.uk/immigration
Visits to your country
The University of Warwick visits Africa each year. Future visits will be advertised here when available.
ScholarshipsWe offer a range of scholarships for EU and International applicants. You can find a further information on those on our Scholarships website. All fees for Home/EU and International students are listed here You can also find information on living costs here.
We have over 300 clubs and societies for you to get involved with and meet other students from your country and across the world. Societies include Academic, Activities & Games, Campaigning, Cultural, Film & Media, Food & Drink, Halls, Music, Performance, Religious & Belief and Welfare, Charity & Action. You can find the full list of clubs and societies here.
Applying to Warwick
The University of Warwick does not have official representation in Sierra Leone. You may find the Education UK global website useful for information on studying in the UK.
Apply for Undergraduate DegreesLink opens in a new window via UCAS or apply Direct for our International FoundationLink opens in a new window or Postgraduate DegreesLink opens in a new window.
Arriving at Warwick
For guidance on arriving at the University of Warwick, including information on Airport transfers, please view our Welcome to Warwick pages.
Contact the Africa Team
Questions about studying with us? Caroline Rushingwa and Donna Corcoran are your dedicated contacts for the Sierra Leone. They are happy to answer any queries or questions you may have. You can contact them on the information below, or feel free to join us on an upcoming Live Chat.
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 4982 or Email: Africa@warwick.ac.uk