Short-term study visas

You need a Standard Visitor visa if you’re an academic visitor.

You cannot apply if you qualify for British citizenship, including if you have dual nationality. You must apply for British Citizenship instead.

Speak to our assessment team now to confirm your eligibility and options for free at 0203 384 4389.

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Short-term study visas Explained by the UK's #1 Immigration Law Firm

You can apply for a Short-term study visa if:

You need a Standard Visitor visa if you’re an academic visitor.

You cannot apply if you qualify for British citizenship- including if you can have dual nationality. You must apply for British Citizenship instead.

Speak to our assessment team now to confirm your eligibility and options for free on 0203 384 4389.

What You Can and Can't Do

You can:

You cannot:

You can apply for a Short-term study visa if:

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

How Long You Can Stay?

You can stay in the UK for:

How Long Does It Take?

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Eligibility

You must prove that you:

If you’re under 18, you must also:

Where You Can Study?

You must be accepted on a course with an education provider that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence.

Otherwise your course will need to be held at an educational institution listed by one of the following:Accreditation Body for Language Services

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Researching in the UK for a Short Time

To be eligible:

Applicants must additionally show that they have secured appropriate housing for their stay in the UK by submitting documents like:

Learning English As a Foreign Language

You must be at least 16 years old and accepted on a course to learn English as a foreign language if you’re applying for an 11 month Short-term study visa.

A mixed course, some of which is spent studying English, does not count.

Visiting the UK as part of an overseas course

You can apply for a Short-term study visa if you’re at least 16 years old and studying at an overseas higher education institution and part of your course is in the UK.

Your institution must:

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You can come to the UK for a short period of research if already enrolled on an overseas degree course.

Documents You Must Provide

When you apply you need to provide:

Your visa will list them as a sponsor, and if you don’t have them with you when you enter the UK, you won’t be allowed in.

You need to provide the original documents.

You also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Documents About Your Course

You must provide proof of the course you’re studying, for example a letter of acceptance from the educational institution – on official headed paper, stating the course’s name, duration and cost (including accommodation).

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as evidence of your:

Make an appointment at a visa application facility to submit your paperwork and proof of identification in conjunction with your online application.

You must include the reply from the local authority if the school has received one.

Travelling with an adult

When travelling to the UK with an adult (someone 18 or over), you need to identify them in your visa application.

Their name will appear on your visa, and you’ll be refused entry to the UK if you arrive in the UK without them.

You can identify up to 2 adults in your visa application, and your visa will only be valid if you travel with at least one of them.

The adult can apply for a visa at the same time, but you must each complete separate applications.

If you’re under 18

If you’re under 18 you need to provide additional documents if:

Travelling on your own

You can travel to the UK without an adult (someone 18 or over).
Your parent or guardian needs to provide their:

They also need to provide proof that you have somewhere suitable to live during your stay in the UK, including:

You must provide a letter from the school confirming it has notified the local authority of your visit and the details of who’ll be caring for you if:

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