We have a large community of international students here at Solent University and we understand that the process of relocating to a new country can be challenging.

Students coming from Pakistan can find some useful information below on; entry requirements, information on scholarships and bursaries, contact details, travel information and a few extra suggestions for Pakistani students thinking about studying with us at Solent University.

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Entry requirements

At Solent University we recognise a number of different international qualifications held by Bangladeshi students applying for our programmes and courses.

Below you can see the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept:

For entry to IELTS Requirements Academic Requirements
International Foundation Programme (2 Term) IELTS 5.0 overall (minimum 4.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Applicants require 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in country.

 

Higher Secondary Certificate with pass grades

International Foundation Programme (3 Term) IELTS 4.5 overall (minimum 4.0 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Applicants require 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in country.

 

Higher Secondary Certificate with pass grades.

Depending on your choice of programme study at Solent University and your previous qualifications, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship.

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Throughout the year our team travel to Pakistan for various events and to meet with prospective students. Once dates are confirmed for our travels to Pakistan, the details of our trips will be available for you to see. So, you can arrange to meet our team in Pakistan.

For the meantime, please feel free to contact a member of your regional team – found below.

Mislu Miah
Regional Director
Email: Mislu.miah@qa.com

Abdul Hamid
Regional Manager
Email: abdul.hamid@qa.com

Vikas Sharma
International Recruitment and Marketing Manager
Email: vikas.sharma@qa.com

Southampton is a vibrant and diverse city with something for everyone. Beautiful city centre parks, an electric night-time economy and a thriving arts and music scene all meet to offer residents something truly unique.

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Another benefit of being such a diverse city, Southampton caters for many different faiths with numerous places of worship available for you to access.

We have prayer rooms on campus, but we have also listed a small selection of places of worship:

Islam:

Southampton is home to a community of over 10,000 Muslims, many of whom worship in mosques near the city centre. Organisations like the Muslim Council of Southampton and the Southampton Council of Faiths run numerous events throughout the year, giving those who are new to the area a chance to get involved and meet members of the local community.

Bashir Ahmed Masjid

Bashir Ahmed Masjid is a large and friendly mosque in the centre of Portswood, a popular area for student accommodation. Regular events are held here including visits from guest speakers and daily classes.

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Masjid Ar Rahmah

Masjid Ar Rahmah can be found behind the University campus in the Northam area of Southampton. This Mosque doesn’t have a website, but uses Facebook to keep in touch with the community – take a look at their profile using the link below.

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Shahjalal Mosque

This mosque, located in St Mary’s, is run by the Bangladeshi Muslim community and was started by community leaders in the mid-1990s.

Southampton Medina Mosque

Southampton Medina Mosque, which opened its doors for the first time in 2001, was the first purpose built mosque to be constructed in the South of England. Funded entirely by donations from the local community, Medina Mosque is now one of the most recognisable religious buildings in Southampton.

 

International foods

In Southampton, we are fortunate to have a fantastic selection of supermarket retailers, such as; Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Lidl, The Co-operative, Iceland, Aldi – the list goes on.

However, we understand that sometimes these retailers do not stock that certain spice, ingredient or herb that completes your favourite meal from home. From fresh chillies, exotic vegetables, tinned bamboo shoots, to halal meat – here in Southampton we have some fantastic International supermarkets.

Southampton is a city with something for everyone. Beautiful city centre parks, electric nightlife and a thriving arts and music scene all meet to offer students something truly unique.

Moving away from West Quay (one of the UK’s largest shopping centres) and towards the waterfront, you’ll find a hub of independent eateries, venues and stores. At the other end of the city is Bedford Place, the centre of the city’s night-life and home to a huge range of pubs and clubs.

Perhaps you would like to team up with some fellow Pakistani community workers at Pakistan Welfare Southampton (PWA). The PWA are becoming increasingly active in helping the local community. Their dedicated members actively campaign for positive social change. The inclusive association takes pride in its efforts to involve all members. You can find out more below:

http://pakistanwelfaresouthampton.com/

As a Pakistani national, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK. When you have met all the conditions of entry for a full-time course at Solent University (including payment of deposit and course acceptance), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. You will need this document to apply for a student visa.

You should make your application for a visa at the local visa application centre.

For more specific advice about coming from Pakistan to study, you can contact the British Council’s Pakistan offices or our own international advice team.