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In March 2009 the UK government introduced a points-based immigration system for international students coming to study in the UK from outside the European Economic Area.  All international students from outside the European Economic Area are required to have the relevant entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK in order to start their course.

There are 5 different Tiers within the Points-Based System, but the majority of students coming to the University will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa. For further information please visit the relevant pages on the Home Office website.

Liverpool Hope University is an accredited Higher Education Institution and is a Tier 4 Sponsor with the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). 


Other sources of information to help you apply for your visa

These pages are designed to assist you with your visa application but we strongly advise you to read the information on the following links before applying for your visa.

The main source of information is the UKVI website, which gives visa information for studying in the UK.

For more details on the Tier 4 of the Points-Based System see the Gov.UK Policy Guidance

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) produce information sheets designed to assist students with the visa application process.  For the most up to date information click here.

UKCISA provides a telephone advice line for students which operates Monday to Friday 13.00 to 16.00 hours

Outside the UK: +44 20 7788 9214

Inside the UK:  020 7788 9214

First Steps -

UK Embassies / High Commissions around the world -

Please remember that it is your responsibility to apply for and receive your visa in time to start your course. The University recommends that you apply for your visa three months before the start of your course. Visa offices are extremely busy in July and August, and in December and January, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time.

Contact Information

Hazel Downing

International Student Compliance Officer 

T: + 44 (0) 151 291 3431