This information is for you if you are currently outside the UK and you want to come to study in the UK as a 'short-term student' because either:
- you are not eligible to apply for a Tier 4 student visa OR
- you have chosen not to apply for a Tier 4 student visa as you meet the requirements for a 'short-term student' visa
This information explains what you need to do to get immigration permission in order to come to study in the UK as a 'short-term student'.
The ordinary 'short-term student' category will allow you to come to the UK if you are 18 years or older, and want to enter:
- for up to 6 months to study a short course OR
- for up to 11 months to study an English language course OR
- if you are enrolled on a course abroad that is at least equivalent to the level of a UK bachelor's degree, you can enter for up to 6 months to do research, or to receive tuition on how to conduct research, at a UK institution
The 'short-term student (child)' category will allow you to come to the UK if you are under 18 years old, and want to enter:
- for up to 6 months to study a course
As a short-term student, you must leave the UK on or before the date that your immigration permission ends. Short-term students are not allowed to apply to switch into any other immigration category while still in the UK. If you wish to continue studying in the UK after your immigration permission as a short-term student has come to an end, you will need to return home and apply for entry clearance as a Tier 4 student, or in another appropriate immigration category. As a short-term student, you cannot do any kind of work, work placement or work experience during your studies in the UK. For information from the UK immigration authorities about short-term students, please read the Home Office information for applicants. You can also read the modernised guidance on short-term students that they give to their own staff.
Short Course - maximum of 6 months duration
If you want to come to the UK under this route, you must meet all the following requirements:
- You are genuinely seeking entry as a short-term student
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK. You need to show you can pay for your tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses
- You already have an unconditional offer to study in the UK
- The study is for no more than 6 months (this can include people on distance learning courses who only want to come to the UK for a few weeks at a time, people coming to re-sit an exam or re-take a module, according to the Home Office's modernised guidance for its staff. But read page 11 of their guidance carefully for a warning about not doing this too frequently)
- You do not intend to study in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive periods as a short-term student
- You intend to leave the UK at the end of the study or the end of 6 months, whichever of these is sooner
- You intend to study at an education provider which:
- holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence, or
- is accredited by a Home Office approved accreditation body (Amity College is accredited by ASIC - a Home Office approved accreditation body), or
- is inspected, reviewed or audited by a Home Office approved inspection body, or
- is an overseas higher education institution offering only part of their programmes in the UK
The course does not need to lead to a specific qualification.
There are no minimum academic requirements for immigration purposes. The course can be at any level, but your course provider may have specific admissions criteria.
You are not required to have a minimum English language ability, but your course provider may have specific admissions criteria.
There are no minimum hours which you must be studying during your time in the UK. You can study part-time or full-time as a short-term student.
You cannot do any kind of work, work experience or work placement (even if it is part of your course, or is unpaid). You will not be allowed to do any business or professional activities in the UK.
You can change your course of study as long as the total length of the course is within the period of immigration permission you have been granted, and the place of study still meets the criteria.