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.


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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.  

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?

We have partnered with Pearson VUE for the delivery of our exams internationally. Members can take their exams in a variety of locations and there is also the opportunity to take exams via remote proctoring. To book your exam, please login to the member area of the website. There you can choose to take your exam in one of Pearson VUE's exam centres or via remote proctoring

Are there set exam dates for international students?

You do not need to sit your exam on a set date.  You will be offered a range of date options to choose from.

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.