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

Applying under the Student route as an EEA or Swiss National (applying outside 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 and post-study visa options.