Visa & Immigration

If you are an international student, it is important that you plan ahead, especially if you require a visa to enter the UK. You can check your visa requirements online by visiting the following URL:

http://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

We strongly recommend that you contact your local British consulate for up-to-date information on UK visa requirements. Also, if you require a UK visa, we advise that you start your visa application process a few months before the start of your course, as in some countries visa applications can take up to three months. See the guide below for visa processing times and costs:

https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

Students from several countries, such as those from the EU/EEA/Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan, will not require a visa to enter the UK to attend short-term courses.

For further information regarding short-term study visas, please visit:

http://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview

https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/ihe/what-we-do/international-mobility/preparation-study-work-uk

Your visa application is more likely to be successful if you can satisfy the visa issuing authority with appropriate documentation and prove that your only intention is to attend our study programme, and that you will return to your home country/country of normal residence immediately after the completion of the programme. Here are examples of what you can include with your application, in addition to any other paperwork requirements:

  • You/your parent/legal guardian can show that they have sufficient funds to support your travel to and from the UK (e.g., include bank statements with your application).
  • Include a letter from a competent administrator at your school/college/university, stating that you are in full-time education with them.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you have parental consent to travel alone (a template consent letter will be provided to registered students).
  • If you are over 18, then you should be able to demonstrate that you have good reasons to return home (e.g., to work or complete further studies – you can include a letter from your employer, or admission letter from your university/college), and that you will not seek employment in the UK after your course.
  • You can demonstrate that you are not seeking employment in the UK and intend to return to your home country at the end of the course (you should buy a return ticket).
  • You have appropriate personal, medical and travel insurance to cover any medical treatment and emergencies in the UK.
  • Include your letter of acceptance in our programmes, which will be provided upon successful enrolment, and will include your address in the UK as well as confirmation of your boarding and lodging arrangements.
  • You should be able to demonstrate that attending our course will benefit your future studies and career plans.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months at the time of your entry into the UK.
  • And last but not least, ensure that all the information you provide in your visa application is true and accurate!