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Applying for a visa

Applying for Student Visitor visa – from overseas

A Student Visitor visa allows you to study short courses in the UK and is suitable if you are over 18 and are:

  • studying English language for less than six months;
  • studying an English language course of between 6 and 11 months duration (extended student visitor);
  • a Study Abroad student, if you will be with us for less than six months;
  • resitting exams or retaking modules, if your studies are for less than six months; or
  • a distance learner who needs to visit for less than six months.

If you will be studying a pre-sessional English course and intend to continue your studies afterward, you should apply for entry clearance under Tier 4 (General) and not as a Student Visitor.

  • Before making your application overseas

    Check you are eligible to apply and can meet all the requirements. Read the UKCISA guidance and the immigration rules and guidance.

    You will only get a visa for a maximum of six months (or 11 months if you are applying as an extended student visitor) from the date you tell the Home Office you intend to travel. So make sure you will have enough time to cover the whole of your course.

    The University will not be able to register you for your course if your visa expires before the course end date.

  • Where and when do I apply?

    When can I apply?

    You can apply up to three months before your course start date, as shown on the letter from the University.

    Where should I apply?

    If you are a visa national you must apply outside the UK (see the Immigration Rules, Appendix 1 for a current list of visa nationals.

    If you want to study an English language course of between 6 and 11 months duration you must apply outside the UK.

    Can I apply when I arrive in the UK?

    If you are a non-visa national and your course is less than six months, you can choose to apply for entry clearance outside the UK (recommended) or; you can apply at the UK port of entry when you arrive. For further guidance about seeking entry as a student visitor see the UKCISA website. Make sure you don't come to the UK too early to ensure you can stay until your course has finished.

    See the Immigration Rules, Appendix 1 for a current list of visa nationals who must apply before they travel to the UK.

  • How do I apply overseas?

    Depending on where you live, you may be able to make your visa application online or by printing out and completing application form VAF1D. You will apply to a visa application centre.

    Go to the Home Office website and select your country from the country finder to find out what you need to do and to download and read the guidance notes, including those on supporting documents.

  • Letter from the University

    The University will supply you will a letter that meets the Home Office requirements to support your application for a Student Visitor visa. When you receive it please check that it contains all the information the Home Office require by checking the Immigration Rules and Guidance.