International Students FAQs

These are the most frequently asked questions regarding international students. 


I am a non-UK/non-EEA student studying at a UK university - am I eligible for the national online recruitment process?

If you are wishing to complete a two-year full time Foundation Programme you should be eligible for UKFPO Tier 4 Sponsorship. Please see the UKFPO website for further information.

I am an international student studying outside the UK - am I eligible for the national online recruitment process?

Please see the UKFPO website for details on eligibility.

I am an international student who has undertaken an internship before graduation - which Foundation posts can I apply for?

If you have undertaken any clinical work as part of your cirriculum you can only apply for Foundation Year 2 (F2) Posts. You should refer to the UKFPO website for guidance.

Where can I get information on Visas for Foundation training?

For information regarding visas for Foundation training, please see our Tier 4 pages, or the UKFPO website.

For UK Government advice on visas, please see the Visas and Immigration website.

What is a Tier 4 Visa?

Non-UK/non-EEA nationals who graduate from a UK medical school wishing to undertake a recognised, two-year full-time Foundation Programme (including academic programmes) are eligible to apply for UKFPO Tier 4 sponsorship. Each doctor applying for UKFPO Tier 4 sponsorship will need to register for an online, personal Tier 4 account. 

For more information, please see the UKFPO's Tier 4 website.