Studying in the UK
Congratulations! If you are on our UK Visa Information page it means you’re now considering taking a course in our London school. #Londonisopen
Some students require a visa to study in the UK, depending on their nationality or passport issuing country. You can quickly and easily find if you need a visa to enter the UK on the UK Government website here.
The UK is a very culturally diverse and welcoming place, the UK Government is estimated to receive approximately 4.2 million visa applications between 2019 and 2020. Your visa application is important and will be processed as quickly as possible – 98% of applicants receive their decision from the Home Office within 15 days.
We want to guide you in the right direction to help keep you informed and ensure you are comfortable with the visa process. Please see below some points you may find helpful.
Students arriving from the EU and EEA
To find out which countries belong to the EU and EEA, check online here.
If this applies to you, you do not need a visa to study in the UK. Simply bring your passport or ID card when you travel and present it at customs and immigration when entering the UK. At this point, you should also be in position of your confirmation of study documents from the school.
Students arriving from countries outside of the EU or non-EEA territories
If this applies to you, a Short-term Study Visa is required for entry to the UK. Key points of this visa can be found summarised below, further details being online here.
- Study for up to 11-months if you are aged 16 years or over
- Applications to be made from your home country, prior to arrival
- Visa nationals (including Columbia, Russia, Thailand and Turkey) studying less than 6-months should apply for entry clearance before travelling
- Non-visa nationals (including Brazil, Japan, Korea and Mexico) studying less than 6-months can make visa applications at the UK arrival airport
- Process time approximately 3-weeks (15 working days)
- Costs from £97 per-application
If you are applying for a Short-term Study Visa there will be some documentation you need to provide, here is a list of documents required. The English Studio provides required visa documents for hundreds of students every year, we will help you with everything you need once your course booking is paid for and we have received a digital copy of your passport.
As-per the school Attendance Policy and UK Visa and Immigration guidance, students must attend 85% of classes to be compliant with the terms of their visa. Please refer to our Attendance Policy for further details.