International Students

The Maria Montessori Institute attracts a diverse range of students from many different countries. Our training centre is in the heart of central London’s West End. Our international students enjoy training in this global city and value the connections they make with people from many different countries. We are proud of and value the contribution that international students bring to our learning environment.

Our students mentioned their wholehearted appreciation of the wide cultural diversity, traditions and languages represented in the college population; as one student expressed it: ‘We are the UN’. (School Inspection Service Report 2019)

The Maria Montessori Institute is a registered Student Sponsor.


International Admissions Advice

If you are applying for one of our courses and are a non-UK national, it is important that you ensure you have an appropriate visa or immigration permission for studying in the UK. Your immigration permission should match your main purpose for being in the UK.

If you are unsure whether you need a visa to come to the UK please consult the UK Visas and Immigration website:

Below is a table to help you to check what type of Visa you may need for the different courses. Please note this table gives general guidance. Whilst some visa categories do not prohibit studying, there may be more risks and restrictions if you undertake full-time study on a non-student visa.

For up to date information about how to apply for the visas please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website:


English Requirements

English Language Requirements for Student Visa
You will need to do the IELTS for UKVI English language test with an approved test provider for Student Visa and achieve at least CEFR level B1 in all four components (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

You will find list of approved test providers on the UK Visas and Immigration website and we will also send you a copy of the document. You are exempt from this test if you are a national of a majority English speaking country.

To check whether you need to take this test, please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website:

English Language Requirements for AMI Diploma Courses
The Maria Montessori Institute requires that your English Language capability be of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of study. All applicants, regardless of whether a visa is required, need to demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English. If the highest qualification you hold was not studied in English, you may need to provide an English language qualification/test even if you do not require a student visa.



The course fees are the same for everyone regardless of whether they are Home, EU or Overseas students. A full list of our course fees can be found on the Training Dates & Fees page.

In addition to English Language Test, the following additional finance documents are required in order to be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for the Student Visa.

  • Minimum of 50% of course fees paid*
  • Bank Statement evidencing funds required as set out by the UK Visa and Immigration, including any remaining course fees to pay. See the guide (link below) for further information.

*Any course fees paid will be refunded if your visa is refused.

Please refer to the Home Office UK Student Visa Policy guide for further information regarding documents required when applying for Visas:

EU/ EEA / Swiss Nationals Currently in the UK – Pre 31st December 2020

The UK has now formally left the European Union and the transition period is due to come to an end on the 31st December 2020. This means any EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who come to study in the UK from the 1st January 2021 will require a visa.

In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK, including citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

This includes the right to live here, to study, work, and access public services, such as healthcare.

To retain these rights beyond 31st December 2020, EU citizens and their family members must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.