Applying for a Visa

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you are an ‘overseas’ student (not from the UK), then you will likely need a visa to study in the UK.

If you are from the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you will also need a visa, unless you have been granted or are eligible for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Click here for more details.

In order to come to the UK to study, you would normally apply for one of the following visas:

  • Student visa: this visa is generally for students studying on a full-time course lasting longer than 6 months
  • Visitor visa: this visa allows students to study on accredited courses of up to 6 months, including retakes and exam re-sits
  • Short-Term Study visa: this visa is for students studying English language courses longer than 6 months and up to 11 months

Once you have completed your studies, you are also now able to apply to remain in the UK for a further two years by taking advantage of the UK's new Graduate Immigration Route. Discover more about the Graduate Immigration Route at Regent's.

You can check what kind of visa you need by visiting the UK Visas and Immigration website. If you have any questions then please check with your point of contact at Regent's or the UKVI website.

Regent’s University London gives free, confidential advice and guidance to applicants and students on visa and immigration issues related to their studies. Regent’s is a Student Visa sponsor, authorised by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).