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If you are a foreign resident (not a normal resident in the European Economic Area or Switzerland) wishing to study in the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 4 (General) student visa. To apply for this visa you must:

  • be a resident of a country outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • have secured a place on a course of study at an eligible institution (a licensed Tier 4 sponsor)
  • be able to speak, write, read and understand English
  • be able to pay for your course of study, as well as living costs.

How to apply

You must apply online for a Tier 4 (general) visa, via the UK government website: www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa

Further, you will be visiting visa application centre, where you will be submitting your fingerprints and photograph. This is to facilitate the creation of your biometric residence permit which you will be collecting within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. A list of application centres can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre

The time taken to process your application is around 3 weeks but this may vary according to your particular circumstances. You can check processing status here: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

Rules you must follow

Once you have acquired your visa, you may arrive in the UK one week before your course begins, if your course lasts less than 6 months or upto 1 month beforehand, if your course lasts longer than 6 months.


High quality education:

The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations to study higher education, with more than 500,000 international students enrolling each year. Going to university in the UK is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet new people, experience a new culture, and enjoy new experiences. You’ll get plenty of support at university, and a chance to experience a great student lifestyle. Whatever your interests, there's a huge range of clubs and societies, as well as a diverse social life on offer.

One of the world’s leading destinations for international students, second only to the USA. UK universities are among the best in the world, and consistently perform well in world rankings. They also have a reputation for world-class research.

Students get the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and connections to drive forward their careers.