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International Students Account

International Students Bank Account

An account for full-time international students in the UK

Award-winning mobile banking

  • No monthly account fee
  • Shop and get cashback at many leading retailers
  • Mobile payments with Barclays Pingit
  • Account overview

    International Students Account

    Move your money fuss-free around the world, online and over the phone

    What you get

    Award-winning banking app

    Manage your money anywhere with Barclays Mobile Banking app for Apple, Android and Windows phones. You need to be over 16 years old to use the app. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.  Barclays Mobile Banking app . Or you can access Barclays Online Banking at Barclays.co.uk

    Save money and earn cashback with SmartSpend

    Earn cashback and save money with selected brands like Top Man, Reiss, Oasis, Boots, Warehouse and Waterstones through our exclusive SmartSpend service. You can also earn 6% cashback on hotels and 3% cashback when booking flights and hotels together with Expedia.

    Barclays Pingit

    Pay and receive money from friends and family using your mobile with Barclays Pingit. Get Barclays Pingit

    Go paperless with free online storage

    Forget filing, get rid of the clutter and access your statements online. Barclays Cloud It is your very own state-of-the-art encrypted document storage – and it’s free. You can view Barclays documents and upload personal documents, like your essays, tenancy agreement, passport photocopies and anything else you’d like to keep safe. Find out more about Barclays Cloud It

    Lifeskills created with Barclays

    Helping you start your career. Whether you want to make your CV more memorable or be at your best in an interview – we can help you learn the skills you need to get ahead. Advance your career

    Digital Wings, by Barclays

    Gain new tech skills for free with Digital Wings, by Barclays, our interactive learning experience that’s developed with experts like Microsoft, IBM and Accenture. From modules on the latest trends in digital development to coding, e-Commerce and analytics, you can gain recognised digital badges in whatever interests you. To get started, sign up online or download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

  • Eligibility

    You can apply if you

    • Are studying for an undergraduate qualification for at least 2 academic years full time or post-graduate for 1 year or more
    • Are going to a recognised higher education institute
    • Are over 18 years old
    • Plan to pay your main source of funding into your new account and use the account as your main bank account
  • How to apply

    Once you've completed the online application, you'll need to  visit a branch  so we can confirm your student status and identity.

    Make sure to bring these things to a branch

    Proof of identity – this can be your:

    • full and current passport
    • a current photocard driving licence, or
    • a non-UK national photocard ID card

    Proof of UK address – this can be your

    • UK bank or credit card statement (no more than 3 months old and not an internet print-out)
    • Utility bill (no more than 3 months old and not for your mobile phone)

    Proof that you’re a student – this can be your

    • University letter confirming your enrolment
    • UCAS letter (no more than 12 months old)
    • Student ID card (not a student union card)
    • Student loans letter with a recognised letterhead
  • Terms and conditions

    Terms and conditions for personal customers 1.23 MB

    Current accounts - our bank charges explained 1.36 MB

    Cooling off

    If you’re not happy with your account, you have a 14-day period in which to contact us to cancel your account or switch to another account. This begins on the account opening date or the date you receive your terms and conditions and other account information, whichever is the later.

    If you contact us within this time to cancel or switch your account, we’ll refund any account fees you‘ve paid. If you cancel or switch your account later, you won’t be refunded the account fees. To cancel or switch your account, write to Barclays, Leicester LE87 2BB.

    Your feedback

    We want to hear from you if you’re unhappy with the service you received from us. Letting us know your concerns lets us put matters right for you and improve our service to all our customers. You can complain in person, in a branch, in writing, by email or over the phone. You can get a leaflet detailing how we deal with complaints in any of our branches, on this site or from the Barclays Information Line on 0800 400 1004. The line is open between 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. Alternatively, write to Barclays, Leicester LE87 2BB.

    If we don’t resolve your complaint internally to your satisfaction, you may be able to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR (telephone: 08000 234 567). The Financial Ombudsman Service is an organisation set up by law to give consumers a free and independent service for resolving disputes with financial firms. Details of those who are eligible complainants can be obtained from the Financial Ombudsman Service.

    Financial Services Compensation Scheme and your account

    We’re covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This means the FSCS can compensate you if we’re unable to meet our financial obligations. Your deposits up to £85,000 can be covered under the scheme. If you have a joint account, each account holder is covered up to this amount, so your deposits up to £170,000 can be covered.

    It’s important to note that the £85,000 limit isn’t per account – it’s for the combined amount in all accounts you may have with us as Barclays Bank PLC. This includes deposits you have with any of our trading names: Barclays, Barclays Bank, Barclaycard, Barclays Business, Barclays Capital, Barclays Corporate, Barclays Direct, Barclays UK & Ireland Private Bank, Barclays International Private Banking, Barclays Premier Barclays Private Bank, Barclays Wealth and Woolwich Mortgages.

    The scheme doesn’t cover deposits held at branches in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

    If you’d like more information about the scheme, eligibility or compensation limits, come see us in a branch. Or you can visit the  FSCS website  or call the FSCS on 020 7741 4100 or 0800 678 1100. If you have a question about compensation specifically, please go directly to the FSCS.

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