Enrolment – International Students
All of the information provided here is written as a guide only as the requirements for Visas are subject to frequent change. While we try to keep information on this page as accurate as possible, you should visit the UKBA for up-to-date information.
Do I need a visa to study on one of your courses?
If you are a non-European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) Student, it is likely that you will need to apply for entry clearance to enter the UK. If you would like to find out if you will need a visa, go here and complete the questionnaire.
How do I qualify to travel to the UK as a student?
You must also:
How do I apply for a visa?
or you can get one free of charge from your nearest British mission overseas where there is a visa section.
You must apply for your visa in the country of which you are a national or where you legally live.
You can apply in a number of ways, for example by post, by courier, in person and online.
What will I need to make my application?
You will need the following:
What supporting documents should I include with my application?
You should include all the documents you can to show that you qualify for entry to the UK as a student. If you do not, your application may be refused.
UKBA guidance on completing your application can be found here
Your application will be refused if any of the documents are forged.
What will happen when I make my application?
The Entry Clearance Officer will try to make a decision using your application form and the supporting documents you have provided. If this is not possible, they will need to interview you.
Please check your visa when you get it. You should make sure that:
If you think there is anything wrong with your visa, contact the visa section immediately.
Can I extend my stay as a student?
If you enter the UK with a student visa or prospective student visa, or if you want to study on a course at degree level or higher, you can apply to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, which is part of the Home Office. (Contact details are at end of this guidance.) The Immigration and Nationality Directorate will charge you a fee for any extension of your stay.
The maximum period of time that a student can stay in the UK on short courses one after the other, below degree level, is two years.
Can I go to the UK to arrange my studies?
You can travel to the UK as a prospective student for up to six months to arrange your studies. You will need to show that:
Note: you should not buy a ticket, or pay all or part of the cost of a study course if your visa application being delayed or refused would mean that you lost your money.
Can I get medical treatment?
If you come from a country with a health-care agreement with the United Kingdom, or you are enrolled on a course for six months or more, you may be able to get medical treatment on the National Health Service (NHS).
Do I have to register with the police?
If you have to register with the police, this requirement will be stamped in your passport. You must register within seven days of arriving in the United Kingdom.
In Cardiff, you should report to the following officer at the police station:
Rumney Police station
You can register at the police station:
It is always advisable to telephone before making the journey to check that you can be seen.
Tel. No. 02920 77 42 70