International travel FOR NON-EU STUDENTS
It is important that, as an international student, you comply with the UK immigration regulations during your stay in the UK. Your immigration responsibilities are to:
Correct at June 2018
It is important that if you wish to study in the UK, you hold an appropriate visa to do so.
If you have already been accepted onto a course of study, there are two types of visa for studying in the UK: short-term student visa and Tier 4 student visas.
If you are coming to the UK to study for more than six months and the course you wish to study is an academic course, then you should apply for a student visa under Tier 4 of the points-based system before travelling to the UK, regardless of your nationality.
The ordinary 'short-term student' category will allow you to come to the UK if you are aged 16 years or over and want to enter:
The 'short-term student (child)' category will allow you to come to the UK if you are under 16 years old, and want to enter:
For some nationalities (“non-visa nationals”) who come to the UK as a student visitor, it is not compulsory to obtain entry clearance before travelling to the UK as long as your course is less than six months long.
If you choose to come as a short-term student, you will not be allowed to do any work or work placement (even if it is part of a course or unpaid work). Short-term students are not allowed to apply to switch into any other immigration category while still in the UK.
If you wish to continue studying in the UK after your immigration permission as a short-term student has come to an end, you will need to return home and apply for entry clearance as a Tier 4 student, or in another appropriate immigration category.
Please click here for more information regarding short-term student visas from the UK Council for International Student Affairs or UKCISA.
Tier 4 is part of UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) points-based system for immigration. It is for migrants who wish to study in the UK. This category is for adult students who want to come to or remain in the UK for their post-16 education.
The college is a Tier 4 Registered Sponsor and has been awarded Tier 4 Sponsor Status by the UK Visas & Immigration (Home Office) indicating that the college fully meets the licensing requirements.
If you want to study a course at or above National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 3, you should apply under the Tier 4 (General) route. The College is not permitted to enroll students under the Tier 4 (Child) route.
If you are under 18 years of age you will be asked to provide a Parental Consent Letter when applying for your student visa. Please contact us to request a template Parental Consent Letter.
As your education provider, we will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once we have offered you a place on your chosen course. You will need to enter this on your visa application.
The cost of the CAS (£21.00) is made payable to the college and is paid at the same time as your deposit. Before we issue your CAS, we will first check that you have met the entry requirements for your chosen course. To enable us to do this you must send us your educational certificates including a recognised Secured English Language Test certificate by an approved provider as directed by the Home Office.
For further information, please visit the UKVI website.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What do I need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa?: