Student Immigration Service

Student Route (previously Tier 4) visa

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study a full-time programme for more than six months, or extending your stay to complete your studies, you will need to apply for a Student route visa. You will also need to apply for a Student route visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

New Student Route

On 05 October at 09.00 the Tier 4 route closed and has been replaced by the Student route.  If you have already applied under the Tier 4 route you do not need to take any action.  The two routes are very similar and we will update our website to reflect the changes once the UK government has published their guidance on the Student Route. 

Student route visa requirements

When applying for a Student route visa, you’ll need a number of documents, including your passport and evidence of qualifications and finances.

Applying for a Student route visa

How to apply for a Student route visa from inside or outside the UK

Time limits on study and academic progression

If you have previously studied in the UK with a Student route (or Tier 4) visa, there are additional factors you need to consider before submitting your application.

Immigration Health Surcharge

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) has been introduced to help fund the National Health Service (NHS), and will give migrants the same access to the NHS as UK citizens.