Applying for a visa
Find out which visa you need, and how to apply.
Student route of the new points-based system
This visa is for you if:
- you need permission to enter the UK, and
- you want to study a course that lasts more than six months.
Use the government's interactive tool to check whether you need a visa.
Apply for a student visa
Apply from outside the UK
Applicants who need permission to enter the UK and who plan to study on a full-time course of more than six months will need a student visa.
Apply inside the UK
Information for international students who are currently based in the UK but need to apply for, switch to, or extend a student visa.
Read about the documents you need to make a student visa application.Visa documentation
Immigration Health Surcharge
Applications for visas that are more than six months long also include an Immigration Health Surcharge. The cost is based on the length of the visa that you are applying for.
Standard Visitor visa
The Standard Visitor visa may be for you if you want to study a course that lasts six months or less.
The type of study you can do may be limited if your visa is short term with restrictive conditions – such as the Standard Visitor visa.
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To make a student visa application from outside or inside the UK you will need to provide a number of documents.
Guide to credibility interview
The purpose of the interview is to establish that you are a genuine student and that your English language ability is at the correct level.
Visa information for international students who are studying a Pre-Sessional English course at UWE Bristol.