Certain changes to your studies, such as changes to the length or level of your programme, resits and repeats, and breaks from study can affect your Tier 4 visa.
It is important that you seek full advice and guidance from the International Student Advisory Service if any changes happen.
You can find full information about your rights, restrictions and responsibilities here:
If you wish to make changes to your programme of study, you may need to go home and apply for a new Tier 4 visa before you can make the change.
You can change your programme in the UK without needing to apply for a new visa if:
You must return to your home country and make a new Tier 4 application if:
You can find further information about academic progression and changes to study at the links below.
If you need to take an interruption of studies, the University can continue to sponsor your visa if:
Your Tier 4 visa will remain valid.
You must not work in the UK using your Tier 4 visa during an interruption of studies.
If you need to interrupt your studies for more than 60 days the University is normally required to withdraw sponsorship of your Tier 4 visa, even if you are ill or pregnant. You will be given 60 days to leave the UK or apply to remain in another visa category. In some circumstances, such as serious illness or injury, the University may be able to continue sponsorship of your visa if you will still be able to complete your programme within the original timeframe. Please make an appointment to speak to an adviser if you would like to discuss this.
You will normally need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa to return to studies.
You are strongly advised to speak to an International Student Adviser to understand all of your options before you take an interruption from your studies.
You are allowed to take any course or exam a maximum of three times (the original course/exam plus two resits).
In exceptional circumstances, you may be permitted to take a fourth attempt.
If you are required to attend classes/lectures/etc. during the semester, then your Tier 4 visa will remain valid.
You may be enrolled on a part time basis only if:
If you repeat on an exam only basis – i.e. you are not required to attend classes/lectures/etc. during the semester – the University must withdraw sponsorship of your Tier 4 visa and you must return home.
You will need to apply for a short term student visa or a new Tier 4 visa to return to studies.
You should seek full advice from an International Student Adviser.
Normally Tier 4 students are required to carry out their studies on-campus in Edinburgh. However, sometimes students will need to study away from the University: for example, if you need to carry out research at another facility, or if you want to do a work placement.
If you remain a fully enrolled student, and the University is able to continue its sponsorship duties, the change of location will not affect your Tier 4 visa.
The University will inform the Home Office of the change to your location of studies.
If you withdraw or are excluded from your studies the University will be required to inform the Home Office within 10 days.
Your Tier 4 visa will be curtailed (cancelled). The Home Office will write to you, normally by email, and tell you the new expiry date of your visa. This will normally be 60 days from the date of the email.
We cannot tell you exactly when the Home Office will write to you, but we advise you to make plans to leave the UK, or apply for alternative immigration permission, within 60 days of withdrawing or being excluded from your studies.
Your Tier 4 work permission is cancelled from the date you withdraw or are excluded from studies. You must not work once you have withdrawn or been excluded. Doing so would be a serious breach of UK immigration law.