Each year, thousands of international students successfully gain a visa to study in the United Kingdom. The UK government welcomes international students, and there is no limit on the number of student visas that can be issued. UK immigration and visas are managed by the UK government’s Home Office. Please check the UK Visas and Immigration website for more information.
This depends on your nationality and immigration status. Find out if you need a visa to study in the UK here.
It is important to prepare and apply well before you intend to begin your course. Many students do not realize how long the process will take, and do not leave enough time.
Your application may require you to:
While there are no vaccination requirements for a visa, some institutions will require you to have certain vaccinations or – if you are coming from a tuberculosis high-risk area – a chest x-ray. Check with your institution, for example your university or college, to see what their requirements are.
You can apply for a visa up to three months before the start of your course, but it’s a good idea to do your research and plan what you need to do before that, if you can.
You should get a decision on your visa within three weeks. Check the UK Visas and Immigration guide to processing times to find out how long it might take to get a visa in your country.
The following two visas are suitable for students who want to do a short course or an English language course for up to 11 months:
The following two visas allow you to do a longer course in the UK:
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