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Do you need a visa?

If you do not hold a British or Irish passport, have indefinite leave to remain and reside in the UK, or hold Pre-Settled of Settled Status under the European Settlement Scheme, then it is likely you will need a visa to come study in the UK or you will have restrictions on what you can do while studying in the UK.

Studying in the UK for 6 months or less

If you are studying on a course of 6 months or less, you can use a Standard Visitor Visa to enter the UK and study for the entire duration of your course.

If you are from a list of countries who are exempt from requiring a visa to enter the UK (e.g EU/EEA countries, Switzerland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan) you will not be required to apply for a visa in advance, if the duration of your studies and stay in the UK is 6 months or less. There will, however, be restrictions on what you can do during your stay.

For further information please see our guidance on visitor visas.

Studying in the UK for 6 months or more

If you are studying in the UK for more than 6 months then you will need to apply for a Student Visa.

For further information please see our web-pages on applying for a Student Visa from outside the UK or applying for a Student Visa from within the UK if you are renewing your visa.

Studying a pre-sessional course (International Pathway College)

Studying a course for 6 months or less

If you will be studying another degree programme after your pre-sessional course, you should apply for a Student Visa.

Even though it is possible to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa for your course, we recommend that you instead apply for a Student Visa. This is because if you come to the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa for your pre-sessional course, you will not be able to switch to a Student Visa in the UK for your Bachelor, Masters or PhD course. After finishing your pre-sessional course you would have to return to your resident country, to apply for a Student Visa, before starting your Bachelor, Masters or PhD course. 

For further information please see our web-pages on applying for a Student Visa from outside the UK

If you are not starting a degree course in the UK immediately after your pre-sessional course, then you can instead apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. It is important to note that you will have to leave the UK once the visa expires. For further information please see our guidance on visitor visas.

Studying a course for more than 6 months

You should apply for a Student Visa.

For further information please see our web-pages on applying for a Student Visa from outside the UK

Studying an a course that is included on the same CAS as your Bachelor or Masters course

Your Student Visa will cover your pre-sessional course as well as your Bachelor, Masters or PhD course. You do not need to apply for an extra visa

EU Settlement Scheme (pre-settled or settled status)

If you hold pre-settled or settled status, via the EU Settlement Scheme, you do not need a visa to study in the UK.

To be eligible for the scheme you need to have been living in the UK before 31st December 2020, or be a close family member of someone living in the UK before 31st December 2020.

The deadline for applications is the 30th June 2021 and you can find further information on the EU Settlement Scheme from our web-pages

Check if you need a visa to study in the UK

Use the UK Government’s online tool to check if you need a visa to come to the UK.