Students from outside the EEA who are coming to the UK to study a programme that is less than six months in duration, can apply for a Short Term Study visa instead of a Tier 4 Student visa. There is also an 11 month duration Short Term Study visa specifically for longer duration English language study. This visa is likely to be suitable if you are doing the following:
- Studying English over the summer or coming to the UK as an exchange/transfer student for one semester.
- Undertaking a short period of research as part of a degree course that you are studying abroad.
- Visiting the UK as part of a Distance Learning programme (limited to a study period of 56 days in any six month period. )
If you choose this visa option please note that you must leave the UK within 30 days from the end of your study period, or before the visa expires, whichever comes first. Holders of this visa type are not able to extend their stay or apply for a different visa type from within the UK.
- can be applied for from any country, not just your home country
- cheaper than Tier 4 Student visa
- Visa Nationals must apply for their Short Term Study visa and have it issued in their passport before travelling. Non-visa nationals can however choose to present their supporting documents on entry to the UK and ask for a Short Term Study visa to be issued as a stamp by a UK Immigration Officer. We would however, always recommend applying before you travel.
- can only be issued for a maximum 6 or 11 month duration
- visa holder must leave the UK within visa duration or within 30 days from the end date of the study period (whichever is earlier)
- the visa cannot be extended are does not allow ‘switching' in to another visa category in the UK
- no employment permitted (including work experience or work placements as part of your studies)
- cannot bring family to the UK with you as dependants. Family members must apply in their own right as standard visitors
- will only include access to limited free healthcare in the UK. If you are in the UK as a short-term student, we recommend that you take out private medical insurance (unless you have paid the immigration health surcharge)
Please note that if you are using the Short Term Study visa route to study on our Pre-sessional English programme over the summer, you must make sure that after your language studies finish you will have enough time to return to your home country to obtain your long term Tier 4 Student visa before your degree programme starts.
Short Term Study Visas should not be used for frequent successive study. A student is likely to be considered as intending to study in the UK for extended periods through:
- successive use of the route if, for example, the student is seeking a second period of leave under the short-term study route where less than 2 months have passed since they last visited the UK for the purposes of short-term study.
- frequent use of the route if, for example, the student is applying for in excess of 5 periods of leave under short-term study within a 5 year period