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Immigration and Visas

Visas for short term study

 As of the 1st December 2020 the rules for visas for short-term study have changed.


Short-term Study visas are now only for students taking an English language programme of between 6-11 months.


Anyone else needing to study for 6 months or less in the UK will now be able to do so on a Standard Visitor visa

This incliudes  the following:

  • Students taking a programme of study of 6 mpnths or less
  • Students taking electives
  • Study Abroad students
  • Undertaking a period of research
  • Retaking modules and resitting exams
  •  Distance learning
  • Taking a viva

We will be providing updated guidance shortly but in the meantime please see the UKCISA guidance for further information. 

Additionally  If you have concerns or need advice, please get in contact with the advice team.


Please note this only applies to students needing a new visa after the 1st December. Those who are currently on a Short-term Study visa obtained before the 1st December will be able to continue normally under the same conditions and do not need to apply for a new visa.







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