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Applying from Overseas

The School operates within a rich and lively multicultural environment. Every year, students come from around 120 different countries to study doctoral or masters degrees. The School’s 1160 staff are drawn from over 45 different nationalities.

Choosing to work overseas is a major decision, and here at the School we will try to provide you with the information you need to make that choice with confidence.  The School’s main website gives details of our outstanding research and teaching facilities as well as details of the latest news and research, and information about life in London.  You can also read about what it is like to Work at the School, and the many and varied staff benefits on offer.

Visas and Entry Clearance

If you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom, European Community or European Economic Area, you may have to obtain a visa to work here through the UK Border Agency’s points-based immigration system, as well as obtaining entry clearance.
For more information on obtaining a visa and on entry clearance requirements, you should contact the British Diplomatic Mission in your place of normal residence.
There is a questionnaire on the UK Visas website designed to help you determine whether you require a visa or not. You can also use that website to find out which application forms you need, obtain information leaflets and details of where to apply. Visas can be obtained in a number of ways, eg in person, online, by courier, or by post. Check with the British Embassy or High Commission where you intend to apply, to find out what methods they will accept, and to find out if they have any specific requirements.
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Living in London

School staff find London a stimulating and exciting place in which to live and work. The city is cosmopolitan and vibrant, and is one of the safest capital cities in the world.
The diversity of London is an experience in itself. It has been described as a city of many separate “villages”, many famous in their own right, and with distinctive characteristics. Londoners are as varied as the city itself, with communities from most countries of the world, giving an overall impression of a friendly multicultural environment. Areas such as Brixton, Camden, the East End, Hackney, Hoxton and Stoke Newington are vital and edgy, with lively bar scenes; more relaxing atmospheres can be found in areas such as Battersea, Dulwich, Greenwich, Hampstead, or the riverside.
The School’s buildings are within easy reach of such landmarks as the British Museum, the British Library, London’s burgeoning theatre scene, and the shops and services of the West End.
Culturally, London offers a stimulating diversity of entertainment; and guides like Time Out can help to keep you informed of events and activities. London is the place where things tend to happen first in art, music and fashion.  Here are a few examples:
Museums and Galleries
Tate Modern hosts major exhibitions of contemporary art, as do the Saatchi and Whitechapel galleries. There are also free-entry private galleries (especially on Cork Street), and the newly-expanded Photographers’ Gallery.
There is a wealth of music to be explored in London, ranging from pop, rock and dance bands to classical, world and jazz scenes. You can’t fail to be impressed by the musical vibrancy of contemporary London.
With styles ranging from the historical Globe to brash West End musicals via innovative drama at the Almeida in Islington and modern dance with the Rambert company, there is something on the London theatre scene to suit all tastes.
The National Film Theatre, Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and a host of small cinemas offer a huge range of independent UK and world cinema. And those living in London are always the first to see the latest release.
Good exercise and free, it’s also the best way to see and get to know the city. London is a city of parks (39% of the city is green space), ranging from Hyde, Regent’s and Green parks, to the wilder Hampstead Heath and the unusual marshlands in Hackney. A walk along the Thames is a wonderful way to experience the history and culture of each area, whilst getting away from the bustle of the city.
Fashion and Shopping
As well as being home to some of the World's top designers, London is famous for its markets: Spitalfields for cheap designer fashion, Columbia Road for flowers, Borough Market for fine foods, and Bermondsey Market for antiques.
Most world cuisines are represented in London, at prices to suit everyone. With fashions in food and the make-up of London’s population constantly evolving, there is always something new to try.


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