Admissions
Will all applicants be interviewed?

Applicants will be assessed without the need for an interview based on their qualifications and application.

How do I cancel my offer?

The contract between you and GIS will commence from the date on which you accept your offer. You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason, although in order to assist the institution with future planning we may ask why you chose to end the contract. The cancellation period and your right to cancel the contract without liability will expire after 14 days from the day that you accept your offer.

To exercise your right to cancel, you must inform Admissions, of your decision to cancel the contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or email), including your name, address and the program for which you accepted an offer. You can inform Admissions via admissions@ucfb.com

Can I apply to more than one course for one higher education institution?

Yes. You can apply for multiple courses at each higher education institution.

Who should write the reference?

Applicants should make sure the referee is someone who is in an official capacity and knows them quite well, so that they can write about their suitability for an undergraduate degree. This person may be a tutor, employer, supervisor, or someone else who meets the guidelines mentioned above. Applicants should not get a family member, friend, or partner to write the reference.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee. A deposit is only required at a later stage to secure your place on the program.

What are the entry requirements for each course?

The entry requirements are a 3.0 GPA, equivalent to a 2.1 in the UK.

Academic
When are timetables given?

Timetables are provided at the start of each semester. This will include the core curriculum and some Employability & Enrichment events. Further Employability & Enrichment events will be announced and communicated to all students throughout the year.

How many contact hours per week does each degree program have?

This is dependent on the course. Students will have around 12 hours of academic contact time per week. Alongside this, students will take part in our Employability & Enrichment events consisting of guest speakers, work experience opportunities and management sessions. It is expected that online students will spend up to 30-35 hours per week on their studies.

Which hours can I expect to be in class?

Students should expect to have classes between the hours of 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. This includes the core curriculum and the Employability & Enrichment events. However, Employability & Enrichment events may occasionally run outside of these hours.

Student Finance
Will I receive student finance?

Unfortunately, we do not have access to US funding or loans at present. Students who experience financial difficulties during their time with us should reach out to our Student Support team.

What is the criteria and process for being rewarded a Scholarship or Bursary?

Please visit our scholarship and bursaries page to see more information on our scholarship or bursary schemes. Each application is individually assessed against the selection criteria for a scholarship or bursary and will be decided on a case by case basis.

Please email scholarships@ucfb.com for an application form.

Study support
What is Learning Support?

This is a service offered at GIS to ensure that students who require additional support for a disability, long-term medical condition, specific learning difficulty or mental health need receive help to apply for and access their entitlement for support, and any reasonable adjustments available throughout their studies.

Who provides the Learning Support?

Our experienced Learning Support Advisors offer guidance for students at every stage, from application to implementation, including helping the student to organize and access any assistive technology training or support that they have been awarded.  For formal Learning Support, evidence of a disability or long-term medical condition must be provided, however we can advise students on informal support available through our internal services, and recommend external services where required. 

Who is the contact for students requiring Learning Support?

 Our dedicated Student Support team, based in the UK, will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have during your studies. With expert knowledge in a wide range of areas, from financial aid and budgeting to pastoral care, the team will help you get involved in activities and embrace the student community during your time at GIS.

In addition, students will have contact information to reach all US based staff at GIS, should they have any questions or need support during EST regular business hours. We have designed a comprehensive Student Services Smart Guide to help you to navigate all the support available, should you need it. 

We have also developed a Pastoral Support and Well Being Guide to provide signposting to services and organizations that can help and support you further.

Is counselling available at GIS?

The wellbeing of our students is very important to us, and the Student Services Pastoral Team work with students on a one-to-one basis to ensure that the support package that they receive meets their individual needs.  We work closely with mental health, counselling and crisis services locally to ensure that students can access free, specialist support during term-time, as well as assisting students who may need to access services outside of our own support network.  

Employability
What types of job opportunities are available for GIS graduates?

Graduates have gained jobs, both inside and outside of sport, at a number of organizations in the US, Canada and Europe. Jobs range from sports clubs to global businesses, in many different and exciting areas. 

What internship and work placements are available for students?

GIS proactively seek work placement opportunities for all students to apply for and advertise them accordingly. Our Global Careers Manager is continuing to build GIS’ relationships with local teams, who will assist in sharing vacant positions and offering enrichment programs.

Placements range from clubs, associations and organizations, to businesses and companies – both in and out of a sporting context.

When do the placements take place?

Placements can take place at any stage of a student’s education. After graduating, GIS still advertises work placements opportunities to alumni for two years.

How many internships are available over the duration of a degree program?

Students can participate in as many placements as they wish, however academic work must still be submitted and completed to the best of that student’s ability and must always be the number one priority.

General
What does GIS stand for?

GIS stands for the Global Institute of Sport.

Is there any support for students to continue extracurricular activities at GIS?

Yes. We understand that our students have individual talents and pastimes, and wherever possible our highly attentive Student Services team endeavor to encourage continued personal growth and development. If you have any particular desire to continue an activity whilst at GIS, please contact our Student Services team and we will endeavor to support you as best we can.

 

What additional materials will need to be purchased by the students?

Compulsory reading materials and stationary will need to be purchased.

Are students able to work part-time while they are studying?

Yes. Whilst GIS forges relationships with local employers within the sports industry and locally, any work commitment will have to be in the evening or weekends. It is important that whilst we understand part-time work is a requirement for many students, we expect students to dedicate a minimum of seven hours per day, five days a week to their studies.

What is the dress-code?

Students are encouraged to dress respectably when attending the stadium for lectures and study. For Employability & Enrichment events formal business dress is required.

What are the term start and end dates?

Term dates vary depending on campus. Our 2020/21 term dates are available on our website.

US student enquiries
What are the tuition fees?

The tuition fees for all programs at GIS are $19,950, the only exception being the Sports Directorship course which is $26,950.

Do GIS offer scholarships?

At GIS we have scholarships that reduce tuition fees which will be awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence or exemplary extracurricular activities. Contact scholarships@ucfb.com for more information.

I need a visa, where do I begin?

GIS cannot currently sponsor visas for students. If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the US, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com. International students can of course study all online programs without the requirement of a visa.

Can I work alongside my studies at GIS?

Please check your visa for eligibility to work in the US. If you can, GIS encourages students to work part-time as long as it does not interfere with their studies at the institution. Our Student Services Team works closely with students to ensure financial stability.

How many hours am I permitted to work?

Your visa will clearly show how many hours you are permitted to work. If you are unsure please email compliance@ucfb.com for clarification.

What are the entry requirements for international students who don’t have English as their first language?

The entry requirements are IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each sub-section.

Graduation
Where will graduation ceremonies take place?

Graduation will be held at your host campus in the US or abroad.

Will online students be able to graduate at US campuses?

Yes, any online students based in the US will be able to graduate at the US campus.