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Short-term students

Choosing the right immigration route

Some students or programmes may not meet the requirements for Tier 4, so you may need to enter the UK as a short-term student.

This route is appropriate if you:

  • need to come back to the UK to re-sit an exam or repeat a module
  • are a distance learning student and need to visit the UK occasionally but do not meet the requirements of a Tier 4 student visa
  • Have been accepted on a course of less than six months (Study Abroad students)

If you enter the UK as a short-term student, you will face the following conditions:

  • You will not be able to work
  • You will not be able to extend your visa or change immigration status from within the UK
  • Your family will not be able to come to the UK as your dependents
  • You must leave the UK by the date stated on your visa/passport stamp

It’s therefore important that you make sure this is the right choice for you before you come to the UK. If you're unsure, please email us.

Please note that if you are coming to the UK on a short-term study visa, do not use the eGates. You must speak directly with a Border Force officer to obtain the correct leave.

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