If you are coming to the UK to study for 6 months or less, you may have the option to apply for a visitor visa but you must still meet the study requirements.
Who can apply
Whether you can apply depends on what you are studying and how long you are studying for. You can find a list of the sorts of study you can do on a Visitor visa on UKCISA’s website.
To study or research certain subjects, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. You need to apply for the ATAS certificate before starting your course.
Who needs to apply before coming to the UK?
Whether you need to apply for a visa depends on your nationality and what you plan to do in the UK. You must check beforehand if you need to apply for a UK visa and you can do so here.
If you need a visa, you must apply online before you come to the UK. As part of your application, you’ll need to book an appointment at a visa application centre to prove your identity and provide your documents. Allow time to attend your appointment, as the visa application centre could be in another country. The visa application centre may keep your passport and documents while processing your application. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
You can find a list of the supporting documents you will need on the Gov UK website.
How to apply
If you are applying for a Visitor visa before you travel to the UK, you will need to apply online.
If you require help with your application form, you can the Student Life team (email@example.com) with any questions. They can also look at your supporting documents, if you send an electronic copy to the team.
Useful resources and contact details
• Student Life Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
• UKCISA – advice on visas, immigration and life in the UK
• UKCISA Student Advice Line – this is open from Monday to Friday 1.00pm to 4.00pm (UK time)
• Gov UK – information on the Visitor visa
• ATAS – Academic Technology Approval Scheme
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