Short Term Study Visa
You can apply for a short-term study visa if you are deciding to study a short course in the UK and if you’re from outside the EEA and Switzerland.
You will need a ‘standard visitor’ visa if you’re an academic visitor.
Applying for Your Short Term Study Visa
You can apply for a short-term study visa if you are studying at an overseas higher education institution and part of your course is in the UK.
Your institution must:
- Hold its own national accreditation, and
- Offer only part of its educational programme in the UK, and
- Offer programmes that are equivalent to a UK degree
Researching in the UK for a Short Time
You can come to the UK for a short period of time conducting research if you are already enrolled in an overseas degree course.
To be eligible:
- Your course must be equivalent to a UK degree, and
- You must be carrying out the research at a UK recognised body, or a body that receives public funding as a higher education institution, and
- You must be at least 18 years old
Learning English as a Foreign Language
If you wish to apply for an 11 month short-term study visa you must be at least 18 years old and have been accepted on a course to learn English as a foreign language.
If you are applying to enrol onto a mixed course, in which only a part of your time is spent studying English, you will only be able to stay for up to six months on this visa.
You must prove that you:
- Have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study, and
- Have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you, and
- You can pay for your return or onward journey
If you’re under 18 you must also:
- Have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK, and
- Have permission from your parent or guardian to study in the UK
What you can do
During your time in the UK on a short term study visa you can:
- Attend a short course of study in the UK, such as an English language course or a training course
- Conduct research for a short period of time as part of a degree course if you are studying abroad
During your time in the UK on a short term study visa you cannot:
- Study at a state school
- Work, including on a work placement or work experience
- Extend this visa
- Bring family members with you, they will have to apply separately
- Access public funds
How long you can stay
You can stay in the UK for:
- 6 Months - for any short course, including English language courses, or short-term research provided that you are 18 or older
- 11 Months - if you are 18 or older and taking an English language course
Where you can study
You must be accepted on a course with an education provider that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence.
Otherwise your course will need to be held at an educational institution listed by one of the following:
- Accreditation Body for Language Services
- Accreditation Service for International Colleges
- Accreditation UK
- Bridge Schools Inspectorate
- British Accreditation Council
- Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
- Estyn (in Wales)
- HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
- Independent Schools Inspectorate
- Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
- Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
- Schools Inspection Service
Documentation to provide
When you apply you need to provide:
- A current passport or other valid travel identification, and
- Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last six months, and
- Details of where you intend to stay as well as any travel plans - you shouldn’t pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa, and
- Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test, and
- Contact details for at least one parent or guardian in your home country if you’re under 18 years old
You need to provide the original documents as well as a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh. Lastly, you will need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.
Documents about your course
You must provide proof of being accepted onto your course, for example a letter of acceptance from the educational institution, on official headed paper, stating the course’s name, duration and cost including accommodation.
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as evidence of your:
- Previous study, for example academic certificates, references or transcripts
- English language qualifications, for example certificates or awards
- Accommodation and travel plans
- Permission to be in the country you are applying from if you are not a national
- Financial sponsor’s occupation, income, savings or funds that will support your studies
Travelling on Your Own
If you are 18 or younger you can travel to the UK without an adult. However, your parent or guardian needs to provide their:
- Written consent for you to travel to the UK
- Full contact details
Proof of Accommodation
They also need to provide proof that you have somewhere suitable to live during your stay in the UK, including:
- The name and date of birth of the person that you will be staying with
- An address where you will be living
- Details of your relationship to the person who will be looking after you
- Consent in writing so they can look after you during your stay in the UK
If you Require Extra Care
You must provide a letter from the school confirming it has notified the local authority of your visit and the details of who will be caring for you if:
- You are under 16 or under 18 if you have a disability
- You will be looked after for more than 28 days by someone who is not a close relative (called ‘private foster care’)
You must include the reply from the local authority if the school has received one.
Travelling with an Adult
When travelling to the UK with an adult you need to identify them in your visa application.
Their name will appear on your visa, and you will be refused entry to the UK if you arrive in the UK without them.
You can identify up to two adults in your visa application, and your visa will only be valid if you travel with at least one of them.
The adult can apply for a visa at the same time, but you must each complete a separate application.
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