Your Visa and Your University Course

There are a few occasions where you may be asked to contact us by your adviser or school so that we can explain how a change to your course or to your course duration may affect your visa.  We have briefly outlined below the sorts of things you may be asked to contact us about and what you can expect.

Attendance and Absence

 

It is a requirement of your visa that you attend all teaching events, engage in your course and ensure you report any absences on your e:Vision account.  You can find out more about attendance and how to report absences on the Learning and Teaching Service’s webpages.

You should familiarise yourself with UEA’s Student Engagement Procedures. This covers what you can expect if UEA has concerns about your absence from classes, missed coursework submission or other indications that you are not engaging with your studies. 

Failure to fully engage may result in UEA withdrawing sponsorship of your visa and you having to return home.
If you have any questions or uncertainties about attendance and absence, you can contact your Hub, the SU Advice Centre or Student Services.

Interruption to your Studies

 

If you need a visa to study at UEA, you will need to contact us before your request to interrupt your studies can be approved by your Hub or by Postgraduate Services.  We have to explain any visa implications to you and provide you with information about other things you may need to be aware of.   Once we have received your email, we will provide you with our help guide with further information on interrupting your studies.

It is also important to ensure you are aware that there are time limits for some courses if you are on a Student visa.

Course Changes

 

If you need a visa to study at UEA, you will need to contact us before your request to change course can be approved by your Hub or by Postgraduate Services.  We have to explain any visa implications to you and let you know what you need to do next.
 
If you have not done so already, it is a good idea to speak with your Academic Adviser and to the Programme Leaders of the course you are studying and the course you wish to transfer to.  This will help you decide if you definitely want to change course and will aid you in your completion of the Course Transfer form.

It is also important to ensure you are aware that there are time limits for some courses if you are on a Student visa.

Extensions and Visa Extensions

 

If you cannot complete your course before your visa expires, you will need to contact us for information on what you need to do next.  Any course extensions must be approved by your Hub or by Postgraduate Services.

If your Hub or Postgraduate Services approve your extension and you need to stay in the UK to complete your course, Student Life can help you with your visa application.  You can find further information on our Student Visa Types pages.

Change of Study Location

 

If you have to move away from UEA for two weeks or more as part of your studies, UEA needs to let UKVI know your new address.  This includes if you have moved away from UEA for field work (but not a field trip of 2 weeks or less), a placement, a research trip or because you are writing up from home.  You may have moved elsewhere in the UK, abroad or to your family home.

Who you have to tell depends on why you will be away from UEA, please use the information below to help you. 

Work Placement - Placement Director / Supervisor: Contact your Hub /School

Year in Industry - Placement Team in CareerCentral

Study Abroad - Study Abroad Team

It is your responsibility to make sure UEA has your current contact details (you can update this on e:Vision) and authorises any absences from UEA for study purposes. 

If you are on a Tier 4 or Student visa and are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught student who will be away from UEA for study purposes, you must submit the 'Request authorised absence for study purposes' form under ‘Absence, Assessment and Examination’.

If you are a Postgraduate Research student on a Tier 4 or Student visa you must inform your supervisor and the PGR Service.

Confirmation of Studies

 

There may be times when you need to prove that you are a student at UEA.  You can print a Confirmation of Studies letter from your e:Vision account.  On the e:vision main page you should see a section called “Proof of Study”. Under this, there is a link entitled “Print Confirmation of Study”. You can print your letter from here. 

If you need to have this letter signed or stamped, please contact your Hub.