Clearing for international students

Finding a university course through Clearing can be confusing, especially for international students unsure of how it all works. Our guide helps explains what you need to do to get your place on a UK university.

Clearing is a way of matching students without a university place to universities who have course places to fill. Once your exam results are available, you can see if you’re eligible for Clearing by checking UCAS Hub.

UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is an online system that is used for sending applications from students to their desired universities.

Students use Clearing if they:

  • didn’t receive any offers from their firm and insurance choices
  • declined offers they did receive
  • didn’t meet the criteria for conditional offers
  • applied after 30 June

Clearing opens on Tuesday 5 July 2022, but you can register your interest today. Sign up for our Clearing email updates and get tips and Clearing advice direct to your inbox.

You might be able to secure a place at the University of Stirling before Clearing by applying through UCAS Extra.

Can international students use Clearing?

Yes. In fact, thousands of international students use Clearing just like UK students. Clearing is open from 5 July 2022 until late September.

To use Clearing, you have to contact universities by phone or email. When Clearing opens, you can talk to us or use online chat methods and we will guide you through the Clearing process.

Clearing differences for international students

You should aim to go through Clearing as quickly and early as possible as there are some differences for international students.

Once you've accepted an offer, you may need to apply for a UK visa and this can take time. You also need to think about finding accommodation before the course starts.

You should also think about the English language requirements needed for your course. Information on English language requirements is available on each course page or our main English language requirements page.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course then we can help you. Our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Hear from our students: international Clearing

International students Camy Rosen and James Heydenrych talk about their experiences coming to Stirling via Clearing.

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Study in the heart of Scotland

Stirling combines the charm of a historic destination with the friendly buzz of a young population. It's a short train ride away from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and is a gateway to the Scottish Highlands.

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£8,000 in scholarships

Our International Scholarship offers eligible students £2,000 per year (£8,000 over four years) towards the payment of annual fees. Find out about this and other scholarships.

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Guaranteed accommodation

Apply by 31 August and you'll be guaranteed an offer of University-managed accommodation in your first year of study.

Questions about Clearing?

Get in touch and talk to our admissions team about Clearing.