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Visas and immigration

If you’re planning to travel to the UK to study, you may need to apply for a visa before you travel.

Types of visa

Student route visa

If you are not a UK national or if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national , it is very likely that you will need to apply for a Student route visa before you leave your home country.

Visitor visa

If you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss national coming to study for less than 6 months, you can apply for a visitor visa on arrival in the UK. You can apply in advance if you wish.

The majority of international students need a student visa.

Obtaining a visa before you travel to the UK

The UKVI webpages will 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.

Help with your fee status

If you need help determining your fee status as an international student, you can refer to the regulations governing fee classification.

Getting support with your visa

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Before you apply for your visa

Information about who can help, which visa you should apply for and when, as well as how to get the documents translated.

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Applying for your visa

Information on our visa application guidelines, if you will need an interview and how long your visa will take to arrive.

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Once you have your visa

Find out what to do next, when can you come to the UK, how long can you study and how long your visa is valid for.

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Extending a visa

Information about extending your visa if you're already a student in the UK, what to do if you plan to go home for the holidays and who to contact for help.

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Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Information about how and when you will receive your BRP.

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Bringing your family

Advice on bringing family members and the Immigration Health Surcharge.