time limits

There is a limit of five years on the amount of time you can spend studying at degree level in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Regent’s University London can only sponsor you for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, if the length of the course you are joining will not take you beyond the limit of five years of study at degree level.

When calculating the cap on degree-level studies, the University must take into account the following periods of time:

  • The whole length of any previous Tier 4 (General) student visas you have had, including the extra time granted at the start and end of the visa
  • Time spent on Section 3c leave while waiting for an application to be decided in the UK, or the outcome of an appeal or an Administrative Review
  • The time spent waiting for a previous Tier 4 (General) student visa to be curtailed e.g. if you previously interrupted your studies or withdrew from a course

It is very important that you provide accurate information about your previous degree-level studies in the UK, to avoid the risk of your visa application being refused.

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Also in this section

Visas & immigration
Tier 4 General Student visa
Applying from outside the UK
Extending a visa from within the UK
Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
Documentation for a visa application
English language requirements
Credibility interviews
Meeting Tier 4 financial requirements