Am I eligible to study part-time?
If you are classed as an 'overseas' student and are coming to London on a student or visitor's visa, UK visa rules won't normally allow you to study on a part-time course.
You will be eligible:
If you are already studying a full-time course
- If you are a non-EU international student already studying a full-time course for which you have obtained a student visa, you will be eligible to take a part-time short course or certificate module to complement your full-time course. The part-time course must not start before or end after your full-time course.
If you are classed as a 'home' student
- UK, European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, and others with full permission to work in the UK or otherwise residing in the UK are eligible to study part-time. Whether you are classed as a 'home' or 'overseas' student is determined by your fees status.
If you are in the UK on a special category of visa
- 'Overseas' students who are in the UK and do not require a student visa may be eligible to study part-time. Your visa will normally need to last for the duration of the course.
- The most common categories of students who are eligible to study part-time and pay the part-time overseas fee rate are listed below (please note that this list is not exhaustive):
- Spouses of UK, EU and EEA nationals who have not ordinarily been resident in the UK for three years before beginning their course of study and do not have 'indefinite leave to remain'.
- Embassy staff who have permission to work in embassies based in the UK and do not have 'settled status' or 'indefinite leave to remain'.
- Applicants who have a work permit or another type of visa that isn't a student visa are normally allowed to study part-time and are normally classified as overseas for fees purposes. Applicants would only be considered 'home' for fees status if granted 'indefinite leave to remain'.
- Commonwealth applicants who are in possession of an 'ancestry visa' but do not have 'indefinite leave to remain'.
- Asylum-seekers are overseas for fees purposes until they are given 'indefinite leave to remain', or ‘Humanitarian Protection’. (Note: Students with 'refugee status' are home for fees purposes).
- UK and EU nationals who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK/EEA/Switzerland for three years before beginning their course of study.