Applying for a visa

Find out which visa you need, and how to apply.

Important Coronavirus information for international students in the UK

If you are a visa holder in the UK and cannot leave because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus, you should check the Government’s Coronavirus advice page for the most up to date information and contact the Immigration Advice Service if you have any questions.

If you are inside the UK and hoping to rely on a temporary policy concession in order to make a further visa application to stay in the UK (for example if you are relying on a concession to apply in the UK for a Tier 4 visa where normally you would not be able to do so) you should check the Coronavirus (Covid-19): Tier 4 policy guidance and contact urgently to discuss your situation.

Tier 4 (General) student

This visa is for you if:

  • you are from a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and
  • you want to study a course that lasts more than six months.

Apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa

Apply from outside the UK

Applicants from outside the EEA who plan to study on a full-time course of more than six months in the UK will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.



Apply from inside the UK

Information for international students who are currently based in the UK but need to apply for, switch to, or extend a Tier 4 (General) visa.

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.

Immigration Health Surcharge
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Short-term study visa

The short-term study visa may be for you if you want to study a course that lasts six months or less.

Short-term study visa
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