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 sometimes be overwhelming.

The information below covers entry requirements, information on scholarships and bursaries, contact details, travel information and extra suggestions for students from Russia who are thinking about studying with us at Solent University.

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At Solent University we recognise that students hold various different international qualifications when applying for our programmes and courses.

Below are all the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept:

For entry to IELTS Requirements Academic Requirements
International Foundation Programme (2 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE with C6
International Foundation Programme (3 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE with C6

Depending on the choice of programme you 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 Russia for various events to meet with prospective students. Once the dates are confirmed, details of our trips will be available so you can arrange to meet with our team in your country. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact a member of your regional team – found below.


Our regional team are able to help answer any questions you might have about our pathway programmes, studying with us, the application process and much more.

Email: QAHE.RCA@qa.com

Southampton is known as a vibrant and diverse city which has something to offer for everyone. Beautiful city centre parks, an electric night-time economy and a thriving arts and music to offer residents truly unique environment.

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Southampton is a multicultural city and has a wide selection of places to worship. In addition to that, the University maintains its own multi-faith quiet room and prayer room in the Reginald Mitchell building (RM030 and RM031). The Spirituality and Reflection service offers confidential personal and spiritual support to students, and can help those who are new to the area find a like-minded religious community.


Southampton is home to many different cultures, races and religions and those who are looking to join a local Christian community have a number of options available to them. Many of the churches listed below hold special student events and services, so meeting new people will be easy.

St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church is the oldest site of Christian worship in Southampton. It is also where Southampton Football Club gets its nickname ‘the Saints’ from. Services at St Mary’s are designed to be reverential, evangelical and accessible to everyone.

Southampton is home to one of the UK’s largest shopping centres, West Quay, where you can find some amazing deals on fashion, technology, food and much, much more! 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.

Southampton has many have International supermarkets, with a wide range of cuisine ingredients. Thanks to these wonderful stores, you will always be able to find the ingredients that remind you of home.

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Solent University students, have access to some of the best sport facilities around. If you like to stay fit, then why not sign up to one of Solent Sport’s many fitness classes, or join the gym at Sports Centre St Mary’s?

Team Solent has numerous teams across many different sports at all different levels of competitiveness so you can find a team, that is perfect for you to join. 

Visa Information

As a Russian 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.

For more specific advice about coming from Russia to study, please see the information below. Alternatively, you can contact the British Council’s Russia offices.