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Immigration and visas

If you are coming to study at the University from overseas, you may need a visa before you travel. These pages aim to give you all the information you need to make the application process as simple as possible, but if you need any further advice, you can contact our International Student Compliance team by emailing

Do I need a visa?

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.  If you arrive in UK before 11 pm on 31 December 2020, you can apply for permission to live, study and work in UK under the EU Settlement Scheme.  You have until 30 June 2021 to apply, but it is recommended that you apply as soon as you can after arriving in the UK.  You will need to retain evidence of the date that you arrive in the UK to support your application, and you can find more information about the Settlement Scheme on the UKCISA website and in the Home Office guidance.

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals planning to arrive in UK after 31 December 2020

If you are arriving in the UK to study after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for permission under the Student route and the UK government have produced an introduction to this route for EU students.

Please note, if you are an Irish citizen your position will remain unchanged, and your right to live and study in the UK will not be affected by Brexit.

Study for up to six months

With effect from 1 December 2020, you will be allowed to study in the UK for up to six months as a Standard visitor.   Please note that you will not be able to extend this visa, or carry out any form of work, either paid or unpaid.  Further information on this will be updated when the Home Office releases updated visitor gudance.

Study for more than six months

If you are coming to study in the UK for more than 6 months on a Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, or on a Bachelors, Masters or Research degree, you will need to apply for permission under the Student route, and will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from the University in order to submit your application. 

Please remember that it is your responsibility to apply for and receive your visa in time to start your course. You can make an application for entry clearance up to 6 months before the start date on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. The University recommends that you apply for your visa at least three months before the start of your course; visa application centres are extremely busy in July and August, and in December and January, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time.  You can find more information in our Student route visa guidance.

Before your CAS can be issued

Before the University can issue a CAS, your CAS request will need be considered by a Compliance Review Panel.  If your CAS request is approved there are a number of things you need to do before we can go ahead. Visit your CAS number page for full details.

Your Student route visa application

We know the application process may seem a little daunting. Visit our applying for a Student route page for full details on the application process.

Short-term Study Visa

If you are a visa national (see the UKVI's visa national list) and will be here for up to six months, you can apply for a Short-term study visa. Find out more about applying on our short-term study visa page

Please note students studying for up to six months will be allowed to study on a Visitor visa after 1 December 2020.  Further guidance will be updated when it is released by the Home Office.

While you are here

There are several UKVI requirements that you need to comply with, both before you arrive, and whilst you are here in the UK.  Full details can be found on our while you are here page.