Visas and immigration.

The visa and immigration process can seem complex. We are here to help and guide you every step of the way. We can help you with your application whether you are a new student looking to start studying with us, or are renewing an existing visa.

Tier 4 Visa

If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, there is a very strict procedure that must be followed, and many essential criteria to meet. Our Tier 4 Visa page explains some of the detail around the application process and other aspects of gaining the right to study with us, including gaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). For more information, visit our dedicated web page.

Short-term visas

Short-term Study Visas are available if you are undertaking a course lasting less than six months, or on English Language-only courses for up to eleven months through the Extended Short-term Study Visa. In certain situations, a short-term study visa is appropriate if you need to return to the UK in order to complete your course, and will need less than six months to do this (for example to retake exams), or if you are visiting the UK for a short period as part of a degree through the distance learning route. 

Applying for a short-term study visa

The UK Government’s website will give you more information about how to apply for a short-term study visa.

Nationals of certain countries (known as ‘non-visa nationals’) do not need to apply for a Short-term study visa before they travel, and can request one on arrival at the airport. Other countries which are on the visa national list require you to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK. You can view the government’s Immigration Rules to get a better understanding of how short-term visas work. You can also contact the Admissions Team if you are unsure whether you require a Tier 4 or short-term visa.

Important information about eGates

If you are from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA, are coming here to study for six months or less and have not applied for your short-term study visa in advance, you must not use eGates when entering the country.

Instead, ensure you see a UK Border Force officer (follow "see an officer" signage) using the non-UK/EU queue when entering the country at an airport. Even if airport staff encourage you to use an eGate, please insist that you see an officer because you need to make sure that they stamp your passport using the short-term study visa stamp. 

To help you, UKVI has created a document you can download and show officers to help explain why you must get your passport stamped. If you do not get the short-term visa stamp on your passport you will be recorded as a 'general visitor' and will not be able to enrol on your course. 

Schengen visas

If you are a non-EEA citizen studying in the UK under Tier 4 and you decide to travel to Europe for study or pleasure, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa to do so. This only applies to nationals from certain countries, so it is important to check whether you will need to do this.

Read more about Schengen visas and how to apply for one.

If you need help with your Visa application, CAS or other immigration-related issues, please contact:

Immigration Compliance Team

E: ukvi.compliance@canterbury.ac.uk

Admissions team

T: +44 (0)1227 925 555

Any questions?

Phone us

+44 (0)1227 928000