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.

Student Route

The new Points-Based System Student route visa will replace the current Tier 4 visa. The Student Route comes into effect at 9:00 am (BST) on 5 October 2020.

It will affect Student and Student Dependant applications made on or after this date, regardless of the date on which your CAS was assigned. Applicants who have a valid CAS issued before 5 October at 9:00 under the Tier 4 Route will be able to use it for an application under the Student Route.

Students will require a total of 70 (non-tradeable) points to be granted leave. Points will be awarded for meeting the requirements of the route, which comprise of the sponsorship requirements, English language requirements and maintenance / finance requirements.

Unlike other applicants, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will be granted 'secure digital status' (rather than a vignette or BRP). As part of their visa application, they will not be required to submit evidence to show that they meet the financial requirements or provide their academic qualifications used to obtain an offer of study. However, the Home Office does retain the right to request sight of these documents.

Further information can be found at:

Study English in the UK 6 to 11 months

You can apply for a Short-term study visa to study English language in the UK. This visa is for English language course lasting longer than 6 months and up to 11 months. For more information please go to the Home Office website Short-term students caseworker guidance - GOV.UK (

As a short-term student, you cannot do any kind of work, work placement or work experience during your studies in the UK. In addition, you cannot engage in any business or professional activities in the UK.

A person seeking to come to the UK as a Short-term student must obtain entry clearance in this route before arriving in the UK. You cannot apply for leave to enter as a Short-term student at the UK border.

Study for up to 6 months

If you are coming to the UK to study for up to 6 months you can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. A visitor can come to the UK to:

  • study a course at an accredited institution (meaning one or more consecutive or concurrent programmes of study that will be completed within the validity period of the visitor permission)
  • complete a period of research • complete research tuition (for example, to learn about research)
  • complete one or more elective courses linked to their overseas study, where they are studying medicine, veterinary medicine and science, or dentistry as their principal course of study equivalent to at least degree level study in the UK
  • complete a study-abroad programme in the UK as part of an overseas course, where the programme is less than 6 months in length
  • sit an entrance exam
  • re-sit an examination or retake a module
  • oral (viva) examination for part of a PhD qualification at a UK institution

You must have enough money to support yourself whilst you are in the UK. This includes the cost of your return journey. You will not be able to work or access public funds in order to support yourself. 

Accessing medical treatment (apart from hospital care) is prohibited as a visitor. You should ensure that you obtain private medical insurance for your visit which should cover the whole length of your course of study/stay.

For further information please see Home Office guidance at Visit guidance (

Entry Clearance

You must establish whether you are a visa national or a non-visa national. Check this on the visa national list at Immigration Rules Appendix Visitor: Visa national list - Immigration Rules - Guidance - GOV.UK (

If you are a visa national you must apply for entry clearance as a visitor before you travel to the UK.

If you are a non-visa national it is not compulsory to apply for entry clearance before you travel, if you wish to come as a visitor for up to six months. If you decide not to apply in advance for entry clearance then you can apply to enter the UK as a visitor at the port of entry.

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. This is because you will not get a stamp in your passport.

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. 

If you accidentally use the e-gate it is important that you retain some form of evidence of your date of arrival in the UK such as an e-ticket or paper or electronic boarding pass. This will help you to remember the duration of your six month stay and also you will need to provide this to the University as evidence of when you must leave the UK.

Schengen visas

If you are a non-EEA citizen studying in the UK under the Student Route/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  and how to apply for one at Schengen Visa Application Process - How to Apply for a Visa to Europe (

Police Registration

If you are studying with us for more than six months and hold a Tier 4 visa/Student Route visa, you may be required to register with the police.

Police registration applies to people of certain nationality as listed in Appendix 2 of the Immigration Rules. However, it is possible that other nationalities may also be required to register – please check the wording on your Entry Clearance stamp/Biometric Residence Permit/your official UKVI decision letter.

If you are required to register with the police, you must begin your online registration within 7 days of arriving in the UK. You can then expect to be contacted with further instructions.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, and following government guidelines, face-to-face meetings with Kent Police are currently suspended.

Next Steps: - visit the Kent Police website

  • create an account via the online portal
  • begin the registration process online
  • Await further instructions from the Kent Police Nationality Department.

In order to fully register, you will need:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (also known as BRP)
  • Decision letters from the UKVI
  • Proof of study
  • Proof of address
  • Passports of any dependants under 16 living in the UK
  • £34

If you have any questions about the process, you can contact Kent Police by email: or via the online form.

If, in future, you must visit, the address is:

Kent Police Nationality Department
Longport Police Station
Ashford Road
CT18 8AP



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

Immigration Compliance Team


Admissions team

T: +44 (0)1227 925 555