Studying with other types of UK immigration permission
Most types of UK immigration permission allow study, however, the type of study you can do may be restricted, you will need to read the Immigration Rules that apply to find out what your conditions are. It is your responsibility to ensure the type of permission you hold is for the main purpose of your visit to the UK and that you continue to meet all the requirements and conditions of your permission during your stay. The types of permission that may not enable you to study your chosen course include the Graduate route, Immigration Bail, Visitor and a Student visa for a different institution/course.
If your immigration permission will expire before your course is due to finish, you may be able to start your course but do so at your own risk. We are unable to guarantee to sponsor you to apply for permission to stay under the Student Immigration Rules in the future but will consider a request. If you are interested in the Graduate route when you have completed an eligible course, you will need to have been studying in the UK with Student immigration permission for the required length of time, read the UKCISA’s Working after studies guidance for more information.
EU settlement – if you have obtained pre-settled or settled status you can study in the UK and will not require a visa. If you have pre-settled status, you can apply for settled status once you have been in the UK for 5 years. Read our EU student page for some more information about the EU Settlement Scheme, including what you should do if you have applied but haven’t had the outcome yet and, for links to guidance from trusted organisations. The UKCISA website includes a dedicated section for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.
If you are not a UK or Irish national, read our Identity and Right to Study Documents table (.pdf) to find out what immigration documents we will require to complete your right to study check.