As we work with similar institutions all over the world to build a network of qualified Chartered Bankers, we encourage overseas students to discuss their requirements with their local banking institute in the first instance. 

We do, however, welcome applications to our programmes from outside the UK. 

You may also be interested in some of the programmes offered by our partner universities which also lead to Chartered Banker status.


International FAQs

What entry requirements do you have for international students?

All of the same entry requirements apply for international students as with UK students.  However, we recommend ensuring that you have access to a suitable exam venue before applying.

English is not my first language, can I still study with you?

Absolutely! However, as our programmes and assessments are in English, it helps to have a good standard of English before studying with us. We would recommend that you have at least one of the following:

  • IELTS: minimum grade 6-6.5
  • TOEFL: minimum 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based 
  • GCSE: Minimum grade C 
  • Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English: minimum grade C. 
  • Cambridge English Scale: Advanced & Proficiency - a score of 176 with no less than 162 in each component. 
  • Evidence of having sat previous examinations in English will also be acceptable.

Does evidence of my qualifications need to be verified before I apply?

If you already hold one or more qualifications in banking/finance, please submit an application for Recognition of Prior Learning.  This may entitle you to exemptions, lowering the number of modules required to obtain certain qualifications.  You can submit your application here.

Are there international exam centres?

Yes.  We work with the British Council to offer our examinations around the world.  If you are based outside of the UK and would like to study our qualifications, please check if you have access to a British Council centre.  If not, please check with local educational bodies, such as colleges and universities, to see if they are willing to host our exams.

Are there set exam dates for international students?

Examination dates are flexible, subject to agreement with our local partners or the local British Council examination centre. In order that the necessary administrative arrangements can be made, the Institute requires a minimum of five weeks' notice for overseas examinations.

Are there any special rules applying to international students?

As all of our qualifications are distance learning-based, they can be studied from anywhere in the world.  There is almost no difference in studying overseas versus studying in the UK.  Depending on the qualification you choose to enrol for, you may be charged additional postage if you wish to receive hard copies of the study materials.  The exam booking procedure is also slightly different, and exams will likely be paper-based, rather than online.