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Immigration overview

Applying for a visa to study in the UK

If you are a citizen of a country that is not part of the European Economic Area or Switzerland it is likely that you will require a visa to enter or remain in the UK to study.

The type of visa you need to apply for will depend on your personal circumstances, proposed study and where you are applying from.

European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals

Citizens of countries belonging to the EEA and citizens of Switzerland have the right to free movement and residence in the UK so would not normally require a visa to study. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has information for European students on their website.

Immigration web pages and advice

Please note the Home Office change immigration rules and requirements regularly. Whilst we aim to ensure that the information contained in these pages is kept up to date there may be times when this is not the case. Please do not rely on these pages alone.

  • Check the Home Office for all the latest immigration updates and information.

Where can I get further advice?

International student support is integrated at the University of Essex and so various departments and services at the University provide documents, advice and guidance to our students and applicants. Find out who to contact and how.

Immigration advice and services are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC)
and we as an institution have to abide by the Commissioner's Code of Standards. The OISC has the power to investigate complaints made about immigration advice and services provided by an institution. We can only provide advice to University of Essex applicants and students. We only provide advice to University of Essex applicants and students.