Visa information

In recent years the UK government has made major changes to its immigration rules and visa systems for international students.

The information below will give you a greater understanding of current rules and Regent’s University London's administrative processes to help you obtain a visa. 

Please note however, that we can only inform you of current regulations and we are not legally in a position to give any immigration advice on applying for visas. If you need further information please direct your enquiries to the UKBA website.

Visa routes

For non-EU/EEA nationals there are two visa routes depending on the length of stay.

  1. Student visitor route
  2. Tier 4 (general) student route

In order to choose the correct visa route you will need to consult with the British embassy or consulate in your country, and the UK Border Agency.

If you wish to study in the UK for less than/up to 6 months you should look at the Student visitor route.

If you wish to study in the UK for more than 6 months you should look at the PBS Tier 4 (general) student visa. 

1. Student visitor route

As a Student Visitor, you will not be allowed to do any work (paid or unpaid).

Student Visitor Visas give students permission to enter the UK for a maximum of six months and they will not be able to extend their stay in the UK. Also, it will not be possible for them to change from ‘Student Visitor’ to ‘Tier 4 (General) Student’ from within the UK.

2. Tier 4 (general) student route

If your course is longer than 6 months or if you think you may wish to extend your visa while in the UK, you might need to apply for a TIER 4 Student visa. In order to be able to apply for a TIER 4 visa, you will need to meet many requirements, including:

  • - A minimum English language requirement set by the UK Border Agency and Regent’s University London
  • You must be nominated by your home institution to study abroad
  • You must submit all application material to the IPO

Regent’s University London will then assign a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number to you which you receive via email. The CAS is a unique reference number that students use to apply for permission to study in the UK as a Tier 4 (General) student.

For more information and guidance on the Tier 4 (General) student visa, please visit the UKBA website.

IMPORTANT Please note that this information is correct at the time of publication and are guidelines only. Regent’s University London cannot offer any advice on the application of visas. If you need further information please direct your enquiries to the UKBA website.


Last updated: 05 February 2014