Study Visa Application in United Kingdom
The UK has a points-based visa system, which is designed to be objective and transparent. To apply for a student visa, you need to gain 40 points. This includes 30 points for a “confirmation of acceptance for studies” from the university, college or school where you want to study.
Your chosen place of study must be on the “register of sponsors” kept by the UKBA. This register is designed to give you peace of mind that you are applying to join a bona fide institution.
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
Have been offered a place on a course
Can speak, read, write and understand English
Have enough money to support yourself and and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
Are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
Meet the other eligibility requirements
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the start of your course.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
It costs £310 to apply for this visa from outside the UK.
You must pay £310 per person for any dependants.
How long you can stay
You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:
Up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less
Up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months
How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.
What you can and can’t do
Work as a student union sabbatical officer
Apply from inside or outside the UK
Apply to extend your stay
Work - depending on what level your course is and what kind of sponsor you have
Get public funds
Work as a professional sportsperson, including a sports coach
You may be able to bring in family members (dependants)