If you are coming to the UK to study at Liverpool Hope and will be here for less than six months, you can do this on a Standard Visitor visa.
How you apply will depend on whether you are a visa national. Visa nationals are required to apply for permission to visit the UK prior to travel. A full list of visa nationals can be found on the UKVI website here.
If you are a visa national, you will need to be in receipt of a Standard Visitor visa before travelling to the UK. Applications are made online, can be made up to 3 months before you travel, and a 6-month visa costs £95. Please see our Visa national short-term study visa checklist for details of the documents that you are required to submit with your application.
If you are a non-visa national, you are not required to apply for a visa prior to visiting the UK and can apply for entry clearance at the port of entry to the UK. You will need to speak to a Border Force Officer when you arrive and let them know that you wish to be admitted on a Standard Visitor visa in order to study. You will need to provide the documentation listed in the Non-visa national short term study visa checklist.
Please note that the UK Border Force have recently announced the expansion of eGates and eligible nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America will be able to use the eGates for faster automated arrival at 15 UK airports and Eurostar rail terminals.
However, we recommend that you do not use eGates as you will need to see a Border Force Officer for a visitor visa stamp in your passport. This stamp gives you the permission needed for your studies and is evidence of your arrival date. If you do not receive a visa stamp, you must retain some other evidence of your arrival such as an electronic boarding pass or e-ticket.
You can study in the UK for up to 6 months on a short course, or to complete a short period of research if you are 16 or over.