Student Immigration Service

Do I need a visa?

Find out whether you need to secure immigration permission to study in the UK.

A visa is a document that gives you permission to enter or remain in the UK. 

If you hold a valid UK or Irish passport, you may use this passport to enter the UK and you will not require a visa to study here. 

Advice for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

If you are a national of an EU/EEA country, or Switzerland, and you come to the UK before 31 December 2020, you do not need a visa, and will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you intend to come to the UK after 31 December, you will need to seek immigration permission, and you should read the information below.

Find out more about your status as an EU/EEA/Swiss national in the UK

Advice for non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

If you are a national of a non-EU/EEA country, or Switzerland, you must seek immigration permission to come to the UK.

My programme is more than six months long

If you are coming to the UK for the main purpose of studying a programme which is more than six months in length, you should apply for a Student route visa in your home country before travelling.

Student route visa

 My programme is less than six months long

If you are coming to the UK for a programme that is less than six months in length, and you do not wish to work (including work placements as part of your programme) or extend your studies in the UK, you can apply to come to the UK as a Standard Visitor.

Standard Visitor

My programme is an English language course

If you are studying an English language course of up to 11 months in length, you can come to the UK as a Short Term Student. However, you will not be able to extend your visa in the UK, and if you wish to undertake further study in the UK, you will have to return to your home country to get a new visa.

Short term student visa