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International Students


The UK operates an immigration system underpinned by the principle of visa sponsorship. A visa under the Student route is issued to study in the UK. The sponsor for immigration purposes is the educational institution where the student will study and the visa is issued for a particular course at the institution.

You must apply for and obtain your visa prior to travelling to the UK unless you are already in the UK holding a valid visa that permits you to make an application in the UK for further leave to remain under the Student route.

The following webpages provide detailed information on the student visa application process and requirements:

Applying for entry clearance under the Student route (applying outside the UK)

Applying for entry clearance under the Student route as an EEA or Swiss national (applying outside the UK)

Applying for permission to stay under the Student route (applying from inside the UK)

The International Student Office provides a visa advice service, offering further assistance on applying for a student visa as well as information on related areas of immigration. They will be hosting a series of webinars in June and July on applying for a student visa from outside the UK, and information will be updated on these pages nearer the time.