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Travelling outside the UK

You may wish to travel outside of the UK during your studies.

You should check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are travelling to about immigration requirements for that country.

General requirements

When applying for a tourist/visitor visa you are normally required to show evidence that:

  • You intend to return to the UK at the end of your travels, or;
  • You intend to return to your home country at the end of your travels.

You can provide an onward ticket as evidence of your intentions.

Schengen visa scheme

If you wish to travel to other parts of Europe during or at the end of your studies, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa. This visa allows travel to one or more of the 26 countries in the Schengen space on a single visa.

Not everyone will require a Schengen visa for their travels. You should check with the embassy of the country you wish to travel to for their specific requirements.

How to apply for a Schengen visa

If you wish to apply for a Schengen visa, please see the latest guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

You should then follow the application process according to the embassy or consulate of the country you wish to travel to. Please bear in mind that at busy times (before Christmas, Easter and the summer vacations), your application may take longer to process, so please make sure you make your Schengen visa application in plenty of time before your intended travel.

Proof of student status

You will need to provide proof of your student status with your Schengen visa application. For most countries you will need to provide a Certificate of Registration, which can be obtained through S3P

The embassy or consulate of the following countries may require additional text on a Certificate of Registration:

Denmark or Iceland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden

If you require a Certificate of Registration for one of these countries please note that there will be a fee and you can request it from the WebStore.

Schengen meeting with the Visa Support Team

The Visa Support Team offers a meeting for students who wish to apply for Schengen 3 times every year (before the Christmas, Easter and Summer vacations).

The next meeting will take place on 9th November at 2pm in room 1.29 Daysh Building.

Lost and stolen immigration documents

You should make every effort to keep your passport and BRP card safe when you travel outside of the UK, as they can be difficult and expensive to replace. Consider using the safe facilities in your accommodation.

If you do lose your documents or they are stolen, please refer to the information on the correct procedure to apply for a replacment UK visa.

Returning to the UK on your Tier 4 visa when you have finished your studies

If you travel outside of the UK at the end of your programme and then plan to return to the UK, you should be aware that you may be questioned by Border Force Officials on arrival about your intentions for being in the UK.

As you may not be returning to the UK for the purpose stated on your visa, you will only be granted entry at Border Force’s discretion. To assist you if you are questioned by Border Force, you are advised to carry with you in your hand luggage:

  • A CAS showing that you will be applying for a Tier 4 visa for a new programme when you enter the UK, or;
  • An onward ticket to evidence your intended return to your home country before your UK visa expires.

Returning to the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa

If you wish to return to the UK to attend your Congregation ceremony, you are advised to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. The application process for a Standard Visitor visa can be found on the Home Office website.

Not all nationalities need to apply for this visa in advance of arrival in the UK. Please check the Home Office website for further information.

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