UK visa requirements

Short-term study visa

The Short Term Study route allows non-EEA/Swiss nationals to come to the UK for a short period of study which does not exceed 6 months.

You can use this route if you are:

  • An online course student who needs to come to the UK to attend a study weekend or sit an assessment.
  • A student who needs to return to the UK to attend a resit examination.
  • A student who needs to resit part of your course and the study period is less than 6 months.

Please note that you cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University if you enter the UK as a Visitor or on a 6 month Visitor visa. The Visitor route is not intended for the purpose of study. You also cannot attend any assessments or teaching if you enter the UK through the Registered Traveller Service.

If you have a long-term Visitor visa of 2, 5 or 10 years, please email International Student Advice for further guidance with a scan of your visa.

If you arrive at the University with an immigration permission or a visa which does not permit study, you will not be allowed to attend any assessments/examinations or learning sessions.

If you do need to come to the UK as a Short Term Student, you should first check whether UK Visas and Immigration consider you a Visa National or Non-Visa National by viewing this document. If your country appears on the list, you are a Visa National. Otherwise, you are a Non-Visa National.

You must make a visa application (also known as Entry Clearance) before travelling to the UK. The visa you will need to apply for is the Short-Term Study visa. Please see this short-term study visa page for information on how to apply in your country. The visa application fee is currently £97. You will need to include an immigration letter from the University when you submit your visa application. You can request a letter by emailing our Visa Compliance Team.

You should also include the following supporting documents with your application:

  • Passport
  • 2 UK passport sized colour photographs
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds for your visit (for example, a bank statement that covers at least 3 months)
  • Proof that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit (for example, your return flight details)
  • Evidence of where you will be staying in the UK (for example, hotel reservation).

Once your application has been processed and your passport is returned, please make sure that you have been issued the correct visa. The vignette (sticker) will say C – SHORT TERM STUDENT in the Remarks section. If it has a different endorsement, please email International Student Advice with a scan of your visa for further guidance.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please note that you must not use an eGate (automated self-service gate) to enter the UK as a Short-Term Student, even if you are a national of a country that is permitted to use them. This is because you will be admitted into the UK as a Visitor and not a Short-Term Student and therefore unable to attend your assessments or teaching at the University.

You do not have to apply for a visa before you travel to the UK, but must request entry as a Short Term Student when you arrive. There is no fee for applying to enter as a Short Term Student at the UK border.

You will need to carry a letter to show to the Immigration Officer when you arrive in the UK. You can request this letter by emailing our Visa Compliance Team.

You should also carry the following in your hand luggage:

  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds for your visit (for example, a bank statement that covers at least 3 months)
  • Proof that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit (for example, your return flight details)
  • Evidence of where you will be staying in the UK (for example, hotel reservation).

The Immigration Officer will endorse your passport with two stamps – an entry stamp and a stamp that confirms you have been granted entry as a Short Term Student. It is very important that you receive both stamps in your passport. If you only receive an entry stamp, it means you have entered the UK as a Visitor (Tourist) and not a Short Term Student. This means you cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University. If you are in any doubt, please speak to the Immigration Officer and explain your purpose for coming to the UK.

Please make sure you are aware of the following conditions which apply to Short Term Students:

  • You are only allowed to spend a maximum of 6 months in one year in the UK as a Short Term Student or Visitor. This can be a single trip or multiple trips, but it cannot exceed 6 months.
  • Although you can spend up to 6 months as a Short Term Student, the Home Office expects you to leave the UK as soon as your period of study is completed.  You should leave the UK no later than 1 month after you have completed your period of study.
  • You cannot engage in any paid or unpaid work while you are in the UK. This includes internships, voluntary work or work experience.
  • If you are a Visa National, your Short Term Study visa will be multi-entry and so you can travel in and out of the UK while it is valid.

If you are a Non-Visa National, your immigration stamp will only be valid for that visit. If you leave the UK and return, you have to make a new request for entry as a Short Term Student. If you will be making multiple trips outside the UK, we recommend that you apply for a multi-entry visa in your passport. Please see the guidance above for Visa Nationals.

  • You will not have access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) during your visit and so we recommend that you purchase private medical insurance before you travel.
  • If you are a Non-Visa National, we strongly recommend that you do not travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland has a ‘Common Travel Area’ with the UK, which means there is no immigration presence when arriving in the UK from Ireland. You will be unable to request entry as a Short Term Student and therefore cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University.

If for any reason you have to travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland, we recommend that you apply for entry clearance (a visa) before you travel. Please see the guidance above for Visa Nationals.

If you already hold immigration permission or a visa which you believe allows you to study in the UK, it is very important that this is verified by us in advance. Please email a scan of your biometric residence permit/visa to our Visa Compliance Team.

If you have applied to enter the UK through the Electronic Visa Waiver, you do not have to apply for entry as a Short-Term Student. You must bring a copy of the email confirming you have been granted the Electronic Visa Waiver to your campus.

Please note that each time you attend any face-to-face element of your course, the University must make sure that you have the Right to Study in the UK. Your campus will contact you before you travel to confirm whether you need to report to them to have your immigration documents checked. Failure to complete this process will mean you cannot attend any assessments or teaching at the University.