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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?

The UK government has a very simple web page which will help you to answer this question.

Choose your nationality from the first page, then select the "Study" option from the next page. Finally, choose whether your course is more or less than 6 months.

If this web page says "You will not need a visa to come to the UK" then you can travel and enter the UK without applying in advance. You may still need to show evidence from us that you are studying at an accredited school, which we are, but that is all.

If this web page says "You’ll need a visa to study in the UK" then you will need to apply for a visa before you travel. You will need a letter from us, and you will need to provide evidence to explain your reason for wanting to study in the UK and your ability to cover the costs of your course and accommodation.

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.

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel, but a visa decision can take a long time.

You should apply for your visa at least 1 month before you want 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?

There are two types of visa for students travelling to the UK to study the English language.

If your course of English is less than 6 months, you should apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

If your course of English is more than 6 months, you should apply for a Short-term study visa.

These web pages will explain how you can apply, the cost of applying, and what evidence you will need to apply.

You can get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) instead of a visa if you are a national of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates. If you are a national of Bahrain or Saudi Arabia, you can apply for an EVW from 1 June 2022.

Please do not apply for a Student Visa if you want to study with us.

 
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