Mon 18 Dec 17
We are taking part in a pilot scheme which is making it easier for international Masters students to study at UK universities.
Under the programme, Essex and the other universities taking part are given responsibility for eligibility checks, meaning that students can submit fewer documents than required in the current process alongside their visa applications.
The pilot streamlines the process for international students looking to study on a Masters course of 13 months or less in the UK and also provides greater support for students who wish to switch to a work visa and take up a graduate role, by allowing them to remain in the country for six months after they have finished their course.
Our Registrar Bryn Morris said: “We are one of the most international universities in the UK and we’re very proud to attract talented students from around the world. Being invited to take part in the scheme will allow students applying to study for a Masters at Essex to benefit from a streamlined process which means they will find out if they have secured their place as quickly as possible. Our students will also benefit from greater support for those wishing to switch to a work visa after they complete their studies.”
Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: "The UK continues to be the second most popular destination for international students and the number coming to study at our universities has increased by 24% since 2010.
“This is a clear indication that genuine students are welcome and there is no limit on the number who can come to study in the UK."
The most recent Home Office statistics show the number of students applying for visas increased by 8% over the past year.