Semester Abroad

Short course study alongside UK students

The International Course Guide

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Subject areas include:

  • Advanced Technologies
  • Art and Design
  • Business School
  • Construction
  • Engineering, Marine and Motor
  • Hair, Beauty and Theatrical Media Make-up
  • Health, Care and Education
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • IT and Digital Media
  • Media
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Travel and Tourism

The Semester Abroad programme has been developed to provide International students with a short full-time vocational or academic course. 

This could be used as accredited prior learning towards your studies in your home country.

Venue: Lansdowne, Bournemouth or North Road, Poole – depending on the programme chosen

Duration: Full-time, one term, one and a half terms or two terms

Start date: September or January

Course level: NQF Level 3 or NQF Level 4


This programme provides individuals with the opportunity to study on a short full-time basis on a range of programmes, alongside UK students at one of the UK’s largest colleges.

All students will have the support of a personal tutor to guide them through their studies at The College and help with necessary paperwork to validate their reports.

Entry requirements

For an NQF Level 3 programme students will need to be at least 16 years of age and have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no less than IELTS 5.0 in writing.

For an NQF Level 4 programme students will need to be at least 18 years old and have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no less than IELTS 5.0 in writing.

Course content and structure

Students will be required to choose one programme from the wide range of academic, vocational or foundation degree courses offered by The Bournemouth and Poole College.

The course you choose will depend on your current level of study in your home country and your English Language level.

Subject areas are listed (left); full details can be found at

The College Course Guides can be found at


Please see the Tuition Fees and Term Dates section of this website.

Visa requirements

Your ageTier 4 (General) VisaShort-term Student Visa
11 months
Short-term Student Visa
6 months