Study in the UK

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Studying in the UK

The UK remains a popular destination for international students to study and experience life in Britain.

Among the excitement of moving to a new country, there will be a lot to plan and arrange before you leave home, from securing a place at your chosen institution, to applying for a visa, finding accommodation and arranging your finances.

Being well-prepared can help you make the time you spend in the UK enjoyable, unforgettable and rewarding.

UK study visa

If you are non-EEA national, you will need to apply for a UK study visa. The main immigration routes to study in the UK include:

  • Tier 4 (General) Visa for students who are 16 or over who have been offered a place on a course at an approved education institution.
  • Short Term Study Visa if you are studying on a short course.
  • Tier 1 Investor Visa allows you to study, work and live in the UK provided you make the requisite £2 million investment.
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa for those aged between 4 and 17 to study at an independent school in the UK.

You will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge before you apply for your visa. 

Post-study work visa

From September 2020, the UK is set to extend the post study work visa to allow international graduates who start their studies after September 2020 to remain in the UK for up to two years after completing their studies in order to find work.

EU citizens 

EU freedom of movement will continue until the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, EU citizens have the right to come to the UK to study, work and live without needing a visa.

The rules will change on 1 January 2021. After this date, EU citizens coming to the UK will need to apply under the points-based system for a visa to study.

EU citizens already in the UK at the end of the transition period will have until 30 June 2021 to register under the EU settlement scheme to retain their lawful immigration status in the UK.