General student visa (Tier 4)
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.
You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
It costs £348 to apply for this visa from outside the UK.
You must pay £348 per person for any dependants.
You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:
How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.
You may be able to bring in family members (dependants).
Read the full guidance to find out how long you might be able to stay and what you can and cannot do.
Short-term study visa
You can apply for a Short-term study visa if:
You need a Standard Visitor visa if you’re an academic visitor.
You can stay in the UK for the length of your course or research.
You may be allowed to stay an extra 30 days if your total stay in the UK would be no more than 6 months, or no more than 11 months if you’re both:
Your visa will say how long you are allowed to stay in the UK.
If you do not normally need a visa to visit the UK, you can study for up to 6 months without applying in advance. You must see a border officer when you arrive in the UK - do not use the ePassport gates.
If you want to study for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a Short-term study visa in advance.
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.