What is a Short-term Study Visa?
You can apply for a Short Term Study Visa to do any of the following:
- a short course of study in the UK, such as an English language course or a training course
- a short period of research as part of a degree course if you are studying abroad
You can not:
- study at a state school
- work (including on a work placement or work experience) or carry out any business
- extend this visa
- bring family members (‘dependants’) with you - they must apply separately as visitors
- get public funds
How long I can stay in UK?
You can stay in the UK for:
- 6 months - for any short course (including English language courses), or short period of research if you are 18 years old or over
- 11 months - if you are 18 years old or over and taking an English language course
This type of visa cannot be extended and you cannot switch into any other immigration categories from inside the UK. If you are planning to study for longer than 6 months (or 11 months for English language students only) then you should apply for a Tier 4 visa instead.
You must intend to leave the UK within 30 days of end of your programme of study or at the end of the 6 month period of leave granted.
You should not add additional study after arrival in the UK that will last in excess of the 30 day period at the end of the original period of entry requested.
If you intend to study on more than one programme of study on a single period of leave as a Short Term Student, you should state this within you visa application, and present all relevant visa letters.
How to apply for a Short-term Study Visa?
Most students should apply for a Short-term Study visa before travelling to the UK. This is known as an entry clearance application.
However, if you are from a country that does not require a visa to come to the UK for short-term study, then you can apply for leave to enter as a short-term student upon arrival in the UK. There is no fee charged for this.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
Some undergraduate and postgraduate courses you will require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before you can study in the UK. When you receive an offer for your programme of study, and if your programme requires ATAS, this will be stated on your offer letter.
If your programme of study requires ATAS, you must obtain ATAS approval prior to making the visa application.
If you are applying for Entry Clearance, you must submit the ATAS certificate as part of your visa application.
If you are seeking a Short-term Study visa on arrival in the UK, you should present the ATAS certificate to the immigration officer upon entry.
You can apply for ATAS online from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Applying for Entry ClearanceApplying for Entry Clearance
In order to apply for entry clearance under the Short-Term Study route you need to use the online application on the Home Office website.
There are very few standard documentary support requirements for Short Term Study, and details of this can be found on the Home Office website.
It is important to bear in mind that when considering an application for entry clearance, an Entry Clearance Officer may be looking for further information on your immigration history, personal circumstances and evidence of the source of your funding for your time in the UK.
You may wish to consider submitting additional evidence to demonstrate:
- The source of the funds in the bank statements you are providing (such as evidence of salary payments for whoever the bank statement belongs to);
- Any evidence of travel from the UK, if you have recently left (such as flight ticket or boarding pass);
- Additional evidence of about your studies in the UK to date, if you are returning to complete a programme or for module re-sits (this could include any evidence of fee payments for your programme, evidence of an examination timetable, reasons for any absences from your studies).
- If you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months, you may require a Tuberculosis test.
- A Short Term Study Visa Letter, which is normally issued by the admissions team
The examples above are not exhaustive. You should consider your individual circumstances and try to give as much detail and evidence of your need to come to the UK for your programme as possible. You may wish to use the ‘Additional Information’ box at the end of the Short Term Study application to give any further information that an Entry Clearance Officer might find applicable for your application.
Applying for a Short-term Study visa on arrival in the UKApplying for a Short-term Study visa on arrival in the UK
If you are eligible to enter the UK without applying for a visa in advance, you will be seeking a visa on your arrival in the UK.
When you arrive in the UK, show the following documents to the UK Border Force Officer:
- A Short-term Study Letter that explains your reason for study at Newcastle
- Any qualification certificates that your offer at Newcastle was based on (e.g. existing or previous programme of study)
- Evidence of your finances
Explain to the UK Border Force Officer that you want to be admitted as a short-term student and not as a standard visitor. There is no fee charged for this.
Make sure you show your Newcastle University Short-term Study visa letter and ensure that the stamp you get in your passport indicates you are here as a short-term student. A Short-term study visa letter is normally issued by the admissions office when you apply to the study at the university.
If you are subject to immigration permission, you should avoid entering the UK through the Republic of Ireland.