Short-Term Study Visa

For overseas students studying for less than 6 months

Who is the Visa For?

The Short-Term Study visa allows overseas students to enter the UK for a maximum period of 6 months to complete:

  •  A short course no longer than 6 months in duration (or 11
     months for some English Language courses)
  •  A short period of research (6 months or less)
  •  Examination re-sits or retaking a module
  •  A study-abroad programme in the UK as part of an overseas   course
  •  A viva as part of a postgraduate course

However, the Short-Term Study visa has specific requirements and restrictions that you should be aware of, such as:

  •  You cannot work or take part in any placement
  •  You cannot undertake any business activities
  •  You cannot extent the visa or switch to another
  •  You cannot bring dependants with you
  •  You will need to leave within 30 days of your course ending
     or before your visa expiry, whichever is sooner
  •  You cannot use this visa for frequent or successive visits to
      the UK
  •  You can study more than one course, provided: 
            o   Each course meets Short-Term Study visa
                  requirements
            o   The course is completed within the 6-month period
                  and before your visa expires
            o   Your offer letter used to obtain your visa confirms the
                  course(s) you will study, including course dates
            o   Additional courses undertaken after your visa is
                  granted must be completed within 30 days of your
                  initial course completion date 

Visa Nationals and Non-Visa Nationals

How you obtain your 6-month Short-Term Study visa depends on whether you are from a ‘visa national’ or a ‘non-visa national’ country. You can find out which category your country falls into on the UKVI visa check website or via the Visa Nationals list.

  • Visa nationals must apply before you come to the UK
  • Non-visa nationals do not need to apply before travelling to the UK. However, you must bring all the necessary documents for an application with you to show at the border
  • Anyone applying for an 11-month visa must apply before coming to the UK

e-Gates

Non-visa nationals must not use e-Gates to enter the UK for Short-Term Study with us. e-Gates will automatically give you a Visitor visa, which will not allow you to study with us.

Applying for a Short-Term Study Visa

Applying as a Visa National

If you are a 'visa national', for entry clearance before you travel to the UK.

  • You should apply using the online visa application form on the UKVI website.
  • Select ‘Short-Term Student Visa’.
  • Select a country to attend a biometric appointment.
  • You will then be asked questions about yourself, course, immigration history and your finances. You must be honest when answering these questions.
  • You will then need to pay for your visa application and attend a biometric appointment.

Documents Required

You must also supply the following documentation for your visa application, including any translated documents if the original is not in English (or Welsh):

  • A valid passport (with at least one free page for your visa)
  • Passport photographs (in colour)
  • Application fee (£96 for 6 months, £186 for up to 11 months)
  • A formal letter from Regent’s University London confirming you have been accepted onto your course, or if you are returning to re-sit or retake, a Student Status letter.
  • Details of where you intend to stay. You can submit supporting evidence such as a letter from your host, hotel reservation details or a tenancy agreement.*
  • Evidence of your intent to leave the UK (funds for a return/onwards travel or booked tickets).*
  • Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. This includes living costs, accommodation, tuition fees and travel costs. Acceptable evidence can be either 6 months’ bank statements or payslips.
    • When planning how much money will need to show for your application, we advise you to have a minimum of £1,265 per month for living costs.
    • Failure to show sufficient funds is one of the more common grounds for visa refusal. Please ensure you provide evidence which clearly shows the money you have available. If in doubt, please consult with the Student Immigration Adviser at [email protected]

* You should be careful about what accommodation and travel you pay for before you receive your visa in case your application is refused.

You will need to upload a scan of any required documents or have them scanned at your appointment for them to be scanned for a fee.

You should also carry all the application documents with you in person when you travel to the UK, as you may be asked for these at the border.

Applying as a Non-Visa National

If you are a 'non-visa national', you do not have to apply for a Short-Term Study visa before you travel to the UK. You can apply for entry on a Short-Term Study visa at the border for courses up to 6 months in length. You must have all the required documentation on you in person to present to a Border Officer if requested. Please see the list of required documents below.

It is very important that you enter the UK on a Short-Term Study visa and not a Visitor visa. You must specify you need this visa as you will not be able to study with us on a Visitor visa. Getting the wrong visa means you will need to leave the UK (and Common Travel Area) in order to re-enter with the correct immigration status, this can be a lengthy and costly process so please ensure you obtain the correct visa upon entry.

Please use the UK Visas and Immigration request for STSV stamp below to help you with this.

UK Visas and Immigration request for STSV stamp.

e-Gates

Non-visa nationals must not use e-Gates to enter the UK for Short-Term Study with us. e-Gates will automatically give you a Visitor visa which will not allow you to study with us.

You may be advised to use an e-Gate by officials at the border, but you should be clear and request to see a Border Officer to ensure your passport is correctly stamped. Please print out the UK Visas and Immigration request for STSV stamp to show to any border officials.

Documents Required

You must have the following documents with you when you apply for your Short-Term Study visa at the border.

  • A valid passport (with at least one free page for your visa)
  • A formal letter from Regent’s University London confirming you have been accepted onto your course, or if you are returning to re-sit or retake, a Student Status letter.
  • Details of where you intend to stay. You can submit supporting evidence such as a letter from your host, hotel reservation details or a tenancy agreement.*
  • Evidence of your intent to leave the UK (funds for a return/onwards travel or booked tickets).*
  • Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. This includes living costs, accommodation, tuition fees and travel costs. Acceptable evidence can be either 6 months’ bank statements or payslips.
    • When planning how much money will need to show for your application, we advise you to have a minimum of £1,265 per month for living costs.
    • Failure to show sufficient funds is one of the more common reasons for visa being refused. Please ensure you provide evidence which clearly shows the money you have available.
  • Any official translation of a document where the original is not in English (or Welsh).

* You should be careful about what accommodation and travel you pay for before you receive your visa in case your application is refused.

Travelling via Ireland and the Common Travel Area

Non-visa nationals should avoid trying to enter the UK via the Common Travel Area (Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands). There are no border controls and it is not possible to obtain a Short-Term Study visa upon arrival via this route.

English Language Students applying to stay for 11 months

English Language Students applying for a 11-month visa have additional requirements:

  • You will always need to apply for a visa before you come to the UK, even non-visa nationals.
  • You will receive a temporary entry-clearance vignette in your Passport and then a BRP for the duration of your stay in the UK.
  • You will need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (£300) as part of your application.
  • Nationals from these countries are required to register with the police upon arrival.
  • Nationals from these countries are required to get a Tuberculosis test as part of the visa application.

If your Short-Term Study visa application is successful, you will receive a visa sticker/vignette in your passport valid for 6 months (or a temporary entry clearance visa for 30 days and then a BRP for those undertaking 11-months study).

You should know that applicants of some countries are subject to additional scrutiny and therefore it is important that you provide all information honestly and as clear as possible. Should your visa application be refused then you should notify the University as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the application process, then please contact [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work on a Short - Term Study visa?

  • You are not permitted to work in the UK. Work is strictly prohibited. This includes any paid, unpaid or voluntary work

I am an exchange/study abroad student – do I need a visa? 

If you are studying for two terms (more than 6 months) at Regent’s, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa

If you are studying for one term (less than 6 months) and you are from a ‘visa national’ country you will need to apply for a Short-term study visa

For more information, contact [email protected].

I'm studying on an exchange/study abroad programme, can I extend my Short - Term Study  visa?

If you arrive to study for one term at Regent’s as part of an exchange/study abroad programme on a Short-term study visa, and then decide you wish to complete a second term at Regent’s, you will not be able to extend your current Short-term study visa inside the UK.

You must return to your country of residence and apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa for the second term.

You cannot apply for two consecutive STSVs, this is not permitted by the UK government.

I'm studying on a pre-sessional English course, can I extend my Short - Term Study visa? 

If you complete a pre-sessional English course on a Short-term study visa, you must return to your home country to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa before you can continue to your degree programme. 

There is an option to request a single Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) to cover the pre-sessional English course that allows you to apply for your new Tier 4 visa to study the degree-level programme from within the UK. 

However, you must ensure that you fulfil the Tier 4 requirements if you want to use this option.

Can I apply for my visa at the border?

Non-visa nationals are able to apply for a Short - Term Study visa at the border. However, you must have all the required documents to hand and you cannot use an e-gate to enter the UK, as this will give you a different visa.

Do I need a CAS to apply for a Short - Term Study visa?

You do not need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for a Short - Term Study Visa.  However, you should provide your letter showing you have been accepted onto your course.

I'm a non-visa national, can I use e-gates to get a Short - term Study visa?

Do not use e-gates to enter the UK! This will automatically give you a different visa which will not allow you to study with us.  You may need to leave the UK and return in order to get the correct visa.

How much money do I need to show sufficient maintenance?

We recommend each student hold at least £1,265 per each month of their visit at the time of application