Short-term study visa
This visa allows students who are 18 years old or over to enter the UK to study a short course of no more than six months, re-sit examinations, repeat a module or attend their viva.
If you are coming to the UK for a short period of full-time study and planning to continue onto further full-time studies in the UK (e.g. taking a pre-sessional course followed by a full-time Master’s programme), you should apply for a .
If you don't have to obtain a visa before your arrival to the UK (check the Home Office visa national list to find out if this applies to you) and you are planning to request a short-term study visa upon arrival in the UK, you must include the relevant documents in your hand luggage and speak to an immigration officer when you arrive.
- This visa has certain restrictions which include the following:
- You can stay in the UK for a maximum of six months or by the completion of your course (whichever is sooner)
- You will not be able to work here - this includes paid, unpaid and voluntary work, and work placements.
- You cannot bring your dependant(s).
- Your visa cannot be renewed or switched to a different visa category in the UK
- You will need:
- A short-term study visa support letter from Birkbeck's International Student Administration team.
- Evidence of previous study or qualifications gained.
- Evidence of English language ability or qualifications, if applicable.
- Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip (e.g. bank statements or payslips for the last six months).
- Information about your accommodation in the UK, if it has already been arranged
- A certified translation of any documents that aren't in English or Welsh
- Read the visa guide for a.
How and when to apply
- You can apply up to three months before the date that you intend to travel to the UK.
- Depending on where you live, you may be able to make your application online.