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VISA Information

Do you need a visa to study English in the UK?
If you are planning to study English in the UK, you may need to apply for a student visa. This page will help you understand if you need a visa and what you need to do. If you need help, you can contact the English Path team for advice.

Are you an EU/EEA/Swiss national?
You do not need a visa to study for up to six months. You need to apply for a visa if you want to study in the UK for more than six months.
Some other nationalities do not need a visa to study for up to six months. If you have a passport from a country on the non-visa national list you can visit the UK and study for up to six months without a visa.

Non-visa national countries

Any EEA country
Argentina
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Dominica
East Timor
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Honduras
Hong Kong
Israel
Japan
Kiribati
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Korea
Taiwan
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
United States of America
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican City

Study English in the UK for six months or less

To study English in the UK for six months or less:
• EEA, Swiss nationals and other nationalities on the non-visa national list do not need a visa
• Other international students need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa
How to apply for a Standard Visitor visa
You need a Standard Visitor visa if:
• you plan to study English in the UK for less than six months
• you need a visa to visit the UK - check if you need a visa
• EEA, Swiss nationals and other nationalities on the non-visa national list will not need a visa if their course is six months or less

Key facts about Standard Visitor visas:

• Visitors can study as much as they like on this visa. It is possible to take different courses with different providers, as long as the courses have an approved accreditation.
• Application cost: £95
• When to apply: up to three months in advance
• in your application you will need to show that you have enough money to pay for your course fees, accommodation and living costs
• Apply online for a Standard Visitor visa.
FIND OUT WHAT VISA YOU NEED

Short-term study visa - for English language courses between six and eleven months

If you want to study English in the UK for between six and eleven months, you should apply for a Short-term study visa before you travel (for other course types you need a Student visa).
Are you an EU/EEA/Swiss national? From 2021, you need a visa to study for longer than six months.

Key facts about Short-term study visas:
• You must be at least 16 years old
• Visa length: 11 months maximum
• Suitable for beginners - there is no minimum level of English required
• Before applying, you need to choose a course and have a letter of confirmation from your institution
• You are only allowed to study at an institution with an approved accreditation
• You cannot study with any other institution other than the one named on the application form
• In your application you will need to show that you have enough money to pay for your course fees, accommodation and living costs
• You will not be able to work in the UK
• Application cost: £186, plus £470 fee for the immigration health surcharge which gives access to national health services in the UK
• When to apply: up to three months in advance
• Apply online for a Short term study visa.

Student visas - for courses longer than 11 months

If you want to study English in the UK for more than 11 months you need a Student visa.

Are you an EU/EEA/Swiss national? From 2021, you need a visa to study for more than 6 months. If you arrived in 2020 and want to study and work in the UK after June 2021, you can do so by applying for pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Key facts about Student visas:
• Your course must include at least 15 hours of study per week
• You must already have an intermediate level of English - you will need to prove your English level by taking a Secure English language Test (IELTS or Trinity College London) at a government-approved testing centre 
• You must have an unconditional course offer to study at an institution that has a Student sponsor licence
• For your visa application, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number from your institution
• In your application you will need to show that you have enough money to pay for your course fees, accommodation and living costs (find out more about providing evidence)
• Some students studying English language courses with a Student visa are able to work for 10 hours per week
• Application cost: £348, plus the immigration health surcharge for visas that are longer than six months. The cost depends on the length of the visa, starting at £470.
• When to apply: up to six months in advance
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