Who can apply
This type of visa is normally suitable in the following circumstances:
You are at least 18 years of age; and
Your period of study within the UK will be completed within 6 months (if you are studying a short course); or within 11 months (if you are studying an English language course);
Please note: Short courses include:
students needing to come to the UK to re-sit an exam;
students returning to Birmingham following a leave of absence;
distance learning students that occasionally need to visit the UK; or
students enrolled on a course abroad that is the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree that wish to come to Birmingham for research or tuition (e.g. study abroad students)
If for any reason the Short-term Study Visa will not be suitable please read the information about applying for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.
When to apply
If you are a visa national you will need to apply before you travel by completing the online application form
If you are a non-visa national intending to study for up to six months, then you can apply at the port of entry providing you have arrived from outside of the UK/ Republic of Ireland common area.
However, if you intend to study an English Language course for up to 11 months on a Student Visitor visa, then you will need to apply before you travel, even if you are a non-visa national.
How to apply
Read our information on how to apply for a Short-term Study Visa
Documents for your application
You need the to include the following in order to apply for entry clearance as a student visitor:
- Your current passport as well as any previous passports you have used to travel to the UK
- 1 passport sized colour photograph with your name written on the reverse
- Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months. This should include evidence of money to pay for: course fees, accommodation, daily subsistence (meals, etc), onward or return flights.
- A ‘Short-term study Visa letter’ from the University of Birmingham which can be requested from the University admissions department if you are a new student or via Enquiry Services if you are a continuing student (for example returing to resit an exam).
- If you want to do research or research tuition, you will have to provide evidence that you meet all the requirements
- Translations of any documents that are not in English
Please see the UKCISA short-term study visa web page for detailed information on how to apply and the documents needed.
Find out more
If you would like any more information about Short-term study visas, please contact us.