Applying for a visa

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you're an international student (not from the UK) then you'll likely need a visa to study here. If you're from the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you'll also need a visa, unless you have (or are eligible for) a status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

In order to come to the UK to study, you'll need to apply for one of these visas:

  • Student visa: this visa is generally for students studying on a full-time course lasting longer than six months
  • Visitor visa: this visa allows students to study on accredited short courses of up to 6 months, including retakes and exam re-sits
  • Short-term study visa: this visa is for students studying an English language course – lasting between 6-11 months
  • Once you've completed your studies, you'll also be able to apply for a Graduate visa.

You can check what kind of visa you need by visiting the UK Visas and Immigration site. If you have any questions, please get in touch – we give free, confidential advice.