The short term student visa is for students who are studying for short periods of time at a Tier 4 institution.
You can come to the UK as a short term student if:
If you enter UK as a short term student, you cannot:
You must leave the UK at the end of the period of studies, or before your permission expires (whichever is the earlier date).
If you might wish to be able to do any of these activities, then you must make an application for a Tier 4 General student visa.
How you apply depends on whether you are a visa national, or a non-visa national.
This means that you are a national of a country which is required to apply for permission to come to the UK before you can travel.
You can find a list of these countries here:
You must apply for and receive a short term student visa before you travel to the UK.
You can find the application form on the Visa4UK website.
You will also need to provide the visa fee payment, your original offer letter, information about your accommodation arrangements and original financial documentation which shows how you intend to fund your studies.
You can find detailed information on the required documents in our Guide to Short-term Study Visas.
This means that you are a citizen of a country which does not need to apply for a visa for a short visit (up to six months) before travelling to the UK.
You will need to show your original offer letter, financial evidence to show that you can support yourself and pay for your studies and evidence that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your studies. More information about this can be found in our Guide to Short-term Study Visas.
You will get a stamp in your passport which will be valid for six months.
You must enter the UK via a UK port of entry, for example, Edinburgh or Heathrow airport. You cannot travel via the Republic of Ireland, as you will not meet with UK immigration control, and you will not get permission to study in the UK.
If you want to come to the UK for up to 11 months to study an English language course, you must apply for a visa before travelling to the UK.