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Visas and immigration

Last updated: 03/10/2022 15:13

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

Most International students, including EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals who do not hold permission under the EU Settlement Scheme, will need to apply for a Student Route visa before travelling in order to study in the UK.

Information about the requirements for this route can be found in our downloadable guides on this page. We also recommend accessing the UKCISA information and Home Office guidance:

UKCISA - international student advice and guidance - Student route: eligibility and requirements

Student visa: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Standard Visitor visa

If you are coming to the UK to study on a programme of under 6 months, for example, you will complete 1 semester of study abroad at Cardiff University, then you are eligible to do so with a Standard Visitor visa.

If you are a non-visa national, then you can apply for this at the border on arrival. You can apply in advance if you prefer.

If you are a visa national, then you must apply for this in advance. You can find further information about this route and the requirements here:

UKCISA - international student advice and guidance - Student route: eligibility and requirements

Student visa: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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 Student Route visa

Information on our visa application guidelines 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.