Visas for study in the UK
Together with our education advice department, ECA(UK), we can plan your entire education and academic career in the UK, ensuring that you achieve the best possible results at university, without any distractions caused by immigration problems.
It is this complete solution which makes ECA Legal and ECA(UK) experts in our field, and the first choice for student visas in the UK.
Although short courses (less than 30 days) are possible even on a general visitor’s visa, if your main intention is to study here, you will need to apply for one of the following visa categories.
Short courses – Student visitors
For short courses, or English language only courses, most applicants require a Student Visitor Visa. This allows you to study any course up to six months in length, or an English language only course for up to 11 months.
Long courses – Tier 4 visas
For longer courses, such as university degrees, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. These are valid for the length of your course. Students on English language courses who later plan to apply for university should also apply for a Tier 4 visa, as these can be extended in the UK, unlike visitor visas.