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Membership for international students

As a student living overseas, how do I apply to be a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)?

All students, whether based in the UK or overseas, should read the Regulations for admission as a Student member, before completing the Application form for Student Admission.

Some students are eligible to pay reduced fees for exams and other services

Since 1 March 2016, the reduced fees are available to all students whose income is less than £7,230.00 per annum regardless of where you live or work.  The list of 'Special overseas rate countries' is no longer used.

To receive the reduced fees you will need to apply for the reduced membership subscription each year when you renew, and this rate will then be automatically applied to your exam entries and other services.

The Membership Team may request evidence of your income to confirm your eligibility for the reduced education fees.  Download the membership subscription policy here.

You should note that reduced rate applications must be submitted by 31 December within the current subscription year.  Reduced rate applications will not be accepted after 31 December.

Is there anyone I can talk to in the country in which I live?

The IFoA has Career Ambassadors worldwide who can answer your questions with regards to local job opportunities and the job market, and anything else you wish to know about joining the IFoA.  If you would like to speak to a Careers Ambassador, please contact

How do I obtain a permit to work in the UK?

If you are from outside then European Economic Area (EEA), you will need a work permit to work in the UK. Work permits are issued by the Borders and Immigration Agency, which is part of the Home Office.  Work permit applications can only be made by employers based in the UK who wish to employ people from outside the EEA.  Individuals are not allowed to make applications on their own behalf.

Contact Details

You can contact the Careers team at:

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 7th Floor Holborn Gate, 326-330 High Holborn, London WC1V 7PP

We aim to respond to all enquiries within five working days.