Worried about whether you’ll need a visa to study? Here’s where you can find out!
Do I need a visa?
You do not need a visa to study in the UK if:
- You hold a British passport
- You are an EU/EEA or Swiss national
- You are a dependant of a Tier 4 or Tier 2 visa holder
If you have 'leave to remain' in the UK under a different category, please check the Home Office website to check whether or not you need to apply for a visa.
What type of visa do I need?
If you do need to apply for a visa to study with us, there are two types to consider:
Short-term Study visa
If you are planning to study for less than six months (for example, if you are a semester exchange student), then you should apply for a Short-term Study Visa before you leave your home country.
This visa does not allow you to take paid or volunteering work during your stay, and you cannot change to another type of visa whilst in the UK. If you want a different kind of visa, you would need to return home and apply from your home country.
Tier 4 visa
If you will be studying on a full-time course which lasts longer than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
Once you have an unconditional offer, have paid your deposit and provided evidence of your finances, we will issue you with a CAS. This is an electronic record of the university’s commitment to sponsoring you to enter and remain in the UK for the purpose of studying. You can then use this electronic record to apply for your visa.
Where can I find further information and advice?
More information on visas, immigration and working in the UK is available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).