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Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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Last updated: 30/09/2022 15:45

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is primarily aimed at postgraduate qualifications (taught and research) in certain science, engineering or technological disciplines but also includes some enhanced undergraduate courses such as MEng.

If the course that you are enrolling on requires ATAS clearance, all international students using any type of visa will need to have clearance before submitting a visa application and before starting the course.

Your offer letter, Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement, visitor visa letter, or short-term study visa letter will state whether your course requires ATAS clearance.

Applications for ATAS clearance are submitted online and are free of charge. Processing time for ATAS clearance applications is 30 working days however it can take longer in some cases. There is no expedited process for ATAS applications.

You can apply up to 6 months before your course start date.

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate online now.

If your application for ATAS clearance has taken more than 30 working days you can contact:

Cefnogi a Lles Myfyrwyr (Cathays)