Visas and immigration
If you want to come to the UK as a student, it is very likely that you will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa before you leave your home country.
The majority of international students need a student visa. Students who do not need a student visa are largely nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you're from a Commonwealth country, including USA and Canada, you will need to apply for a student visa before you leave home.
Even if you have 'home' fee status, it is important to check whether you need a visa. Some students, particularly those from some British territories, may have home fee status but also require a visa.
The 'Do you need a visa?' UKVI webpages will help you determine whether you need to obtain a visa before you travel to the UK. It also contains guidance on the type of visa you might need.