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Before you travel to England, it's important that you understand whether you will need a visa to study in the UK. If you do need a visa to study, don't worry - the UK welcomes students but you must make sure that you have done everything correctly.

This page is designed to help you understand what you need, and what you need to do.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

If you have an EU/EEA passport, you do not need a visa to enter the UK and study here. You are free to study for as long as you wish, and there are no language level restrictions.

If you do not have an EU/EEA passport, you will need some form of visa or stamp to enter the UK and study here. The length of time you can study will be limited, and there will be other restrictions on you while you are here. When and where you should apply for your visa/stamp will depend on your nationality.

If you are not sure whether you will need a visa to study in the UK, please just ask us. We are happy to help you more personally; we just need to know your age and nationality.

When should I apply for my visa?

If you need to apply for a visa in advance, you must think about how long it will take to apply for your visa when you book a course of English and buy your travel tickets.

We recommend that you should apply for your visa at least 1 month before you intend to travel to the UK. Please contact your local embassy and ask about the current waiting time; at busy times of year, and in certain countries, the delay can be even longer.

What type of visa should I apply for?

If you do not have an EU/EEA passport, and are under 18 years of age, you will need to apply for a Child Visitor Visa. This will allow you to study in the UK for up to 6 months.

If you do not have an EU/EEA passport, are 18 years of age or over, and want to study for up to 6 months, you will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa.

If you do not have an EU/EEA passport, are 18 years of age or over, and want to study for more than 6 months, you will need to apply for an Extended Student Visitor Visa. This will allow you to study in the UK for up to 11 months.

Student Visitor Visa

A Student Visitor Visa will allow you to study in the UK for up to 6 months. Your language level is not important but you will be restricted in what you can do, you will not be allowed to work, and you will not able to bring dependants with you; they will need to apply separately.

Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for this in advance, or you may be able to receive this when you arrive in the UK. We will tell you about this when you enrol with us, or you can ask us in advance. Regardless of whether you apply for a visa in advance of your travel, or receive a stamp in your passport on arrival in the UK, you will need documentary evidence provided by our school. Without this document, you will be refused and you will not be able to study in the UK.

Extended Student Visitor Visa

An Extended Student Visitor Visa will allow you study in the UK for up to 11 months. Your language level is not important but you will be restricted in what you can do, you will not be allowed to work, and you will not able to bring dependants with you; they will need to apply separately.

You will need to apply for this visa in advance of travelling to the UK, and you will need documentary evidence provided by our school. Without this document, your visa application will be refused and you will not be able to study in the UK.

Tier 4 (General) Visa

We do not accept students who would like to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa. This is because we feel it is not appropriate to a short course of English language study.

In order to successfully apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa, you must be able to demonstrate a high level of English language, and you must be enrolled on a course of study that leads to a high-level qualification.

A Tier 4 (General) Visa is therefore appropriate for students who intend to follow a degree course at a UK university, for example, but it is not relevant to students who are only interested in improving their English.

 
Travelling to the UK

Travelling to the UK

There are many local ports and airports that you can use; we offer a guide to them all.

Airport Transfer

Airport Transfer

We can organise a service to bring you from the airport to Bournemouth, and to take you back again.

Public Transport

Public Transport

Bournemouth has a good local public transport system; we can even help you with reduced ticket prices.

Driving, cycling, walking

Driving, cycling, walking

Getting around our roads may seem strange to you; here is some helpful advice.