Summary of UK Student Visa Guide


  • Age 16 or over
  • Course offer from a licensed student sponsor
  • Sufficient funds for support and course fees
  • Proficient in English
  • Parental consent if 16 or 17

Application Timing:

  • Outside UK: Apply up to 6 months before course; decision in 3 weeks
  • Inside UK: Apply up to 3 months before course; decision in 8 weeks

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Duration of Stay:

  • Up to 5 years for degree-level courses
  • Up to 2 years for below degree-level courses

Extending Stay:

  • Possible to extend visa, switch visas, or get a Graduate visa


  • Arrive up to 1 week before course (6 months or less)
  • Arrive up to 1 month before course (more than 6 months)
  • Do not travel before visa start date


  • £490 application fee
  • Additional healthcare surcharge


  • Can bring partner and children


  • Study
  • Work as student union sabbatical officer
  • Possible limited work


  • No public funds or pensions
  • No professional sports jobs or self-employment
  • No studying at academies or local authority-funded schools

For detailed information, refer to the UK government’s official website.

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