To help ensure that your Study Abroad experience runs smoothly, check to make sure you meet any visa and immigration requirements for entering the UK.
Do I need a visa?
If you will be travelling to the UK on a passport issued by a country outside the UK or Ireland, you will need a visa to enter the UK. You may be subject to additional restrictions while you are in the UK.
If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Areas (EEA) or Switzerland please find the latest guidance on Brexit for EU students on the UK government’s website and UAL Brexit information for students.
What type of visa should I apply for?
There are two types of visas that Study Abroad students can apply for:
- Short-term study visa for students on courses of 6 months or less (if you apply for the visa before 9am on 1 December 2020)
- Standard visitor visa for students on courses of 6 months or less (if you apply for the visa after 9am on 1 December 2020). If you have questions about the standard visitor visa, please email email@example.com.
- Student visa for students on courses that are longer than 6 months and/or students who wish to work while in the UK. This is the new name for a visa route previously known as a Tier 4 visa.
Please ensure that you obtain the correct type of visa. It will not be possible to change your immigration status after you arrive in the UK.
Short-term study visas
For students studying for 1 semester and on the Summer Study Abroad programme usually enter the UK on a Short-term study visa. Note that visa rules are changing. You can apply for the Short-term study visa if you apply for the visa before 9am on 1 December 2020. If you apply for your visa after 9am on 1 December 2020 you would apply for the standard visitor visa for students on courses of 6 months or less. If you have questions about visas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some students may not need to apply for a Short-term study visa before travelling to the UK. Whether you need to apply before you travel depends on your nationality. You can use the Government Visa checker to find out whether or not you need to apply before you leave.
Please email the Study Abroad Office if you have any international travel planned prior to the start of your Study Abroad programme.
Students will not be able to complete enrolment until they can demonstrate that they have obtained the correct visa.
These include nationals of Russia, Vietnam, China and India.
You will need to apply for a Short-term study visa prior to travelling to the UK.
When you apply online, select 'Short-term student visa' to start this application. When selecting the length of planned stay in the UK, please ensure that you select 6 months.
The Short-term study visa (11 months) will only allow you to study an English language course. You will be unable to study on a Study Abroad course with this type of visa.
Please submit your completed visa application and supporting documents including you Short-term study visa letter you received from us to your nearest visa application centre. Your visa will be in the form of a sticker placed in your passport. It will specify the category it has been issued for, eg C-Visit-Student or Short-term student. Please check you have been given the correct type of visa and that it has been issued for the correct length of time.
Any international students making a visa application from 9am on Monday 5 October 2020 will apply for the Student route. This is the new name for a visa route previously known as a Tier 4 visa.
For instructions on how to apply for a Student visa and everything you need to know before and after receiving your visa, please visit our Immigration and visa pages with the latest guidance from the UK government’s Home Office. You can also contact our Student Advice Service for guidance.
In the meantime visit gov.uk for information about the new points-based immigration system.
If your Study Abroad programme includes a study-trip to Berlin or Paris, you may be required to apply for a Schengen visa before you arrive to the UK. Please check if you require a Schengen visa before you travel to the UK by visiting the German Embassy website (for Berlin study-trips) or the French Embassy website (for Paris study-trips).
Please note that students of some nationalities (such as US, Canada, Australia) do not require Schengen visas.
A Schengen visa allows travel to, and between, all countries in the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
If you find that you do require a visa you must obtain this prior to your arrival in the UK. If you arrive to the UK without a Schengen visa, it will be impossible to obtain one in the UK if you are studying her for less than 6 months.
You may require trip details such as, dates, flight numbers, hotel addresses to apply for your visa. To receive this information, please contact email@example.com if you need a letter confirming trip details.
Travelling back to the UK – you will need to carry your passport and Short-term study visa letter when re-entering the UK.