Visa Information for International Students
Chichester College Group is licensed with the British Home Office (UKVI) as a student route sponsor for international students to study in the UK.
If you wish to study in the UK, you must provide evidence of meeting our entry requirements and those of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations.
Visa routes for international students choosing to study in the UK fall into three main categories:
- The Student Route Visa: (Formerly called Tier 4 student visa) For courses which are longer than six months in duration.
- The Short-term Student Visa: Students wishing to study English language courses for 6 to 11 months.
- The Visitor Route: For students wishing to study 6 months or less
Student Route Visa
If you are 16 or over and want to study a course in the UK lasting longer than six months, you will most likely need to apply for a student visa through the Student Route.
You can apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course.
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances.
- can speak, read, write, and understand English.
- have consent from your parents if you’re 16 or 17 - you’ll need evidence of this when you apply.
Once we have offered you a place on the course and we receive the payment of the tuition fees in full, we will send you a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
You can do one of the following courses:
- A full-time course leading to a qualification that is below degree level (RQF level 3, 4 or 5) with at least 15 hours a week of organised daytime study. These include A-Levels, Foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs
- A full-time course leading to a qualification that is degree level or above (RQF level 6, 7 or 8) These include our Ba (Hons) and Top-up year.
Knowledge of English
You must prove you can read, write, speak, and understand English to a certain level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.
You can prove your knowledge of English by:
- passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider
- having a GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher in English, gained through study at a UK school that you began when you were under 18.
You will need CEFR level B2 or above for degree-level courses.
For courses below degree level, you will need CEFR level B1 or above
Each course has a different English-level requirement.
See the course information page for more information.
Visit the UK Government website for the full list of approved providers.
Documents you will need to apply.
When you apply for your Student visa you must provide:
- a current passport or other valid travel documentation
- a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and all documents listed in your CAS.
You may also need to provide:
- proof you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your accommodation. This will vary depending on your circumstances.
- tuberculosis test results if your nationality requires it.
If you are under 18:
- proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18. The consent must include their approval for your visa application, living and care arrangements in the UK, and travel to the UK. Additionally, a copy of your birth certificate (or another government-issued document) that shows your parents' names.
It costs £490 to apply for a Student Visa
You will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.
Short-Term Study Route
The Short-term Student Visa is limited only to students who are at least 16 years old and wish to come to the UK to study an English language course for six months to 11 months.
All students must apply for entry clearance if they want to enter the UK under this category.
Students who plan to apply via this route must have written confirmation from us that they have been accepted into an English language course.
It is not possible to combine an English language course with any other studies.
The English language course can be at any level and there is no minimum level of English language ability that students must have attained before applying for the short-term student visa.
Who can Apply?
You must be 16 or older to apply.
You must prove that:
- you’ve been accepted onto an English language course that lasts longer than 6 months and up to 11 months and includes no other subjects.
- your course is with an accredited institution.
- you have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you.
- you can pay for your return or onward journey.
If you’re under 18 you must also:
- have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK.
- have the consent of your parent or guardian to study in the UK.
While in the UK, you must only study on the course for which you were granted permission.
You must intend to leave the UK within 30 days of the end of your study (if before the date your immigration period ends).
You cannot do any kind of work or work experience in the UK or engage in business activities.
You cannot switch to any other immigration category while still in the UK.
When you apply you must provide:
- A letter of acceptance to an English Language course.
- a current passport (with a blank page for your visa) or other valid travel document
- evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example, bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months.
- details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans (you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa).
- evidence that you’ve paid your course fees or have enough money to pay them.
You may also need to provide:
- your tuberculosis (TB) test results, if you’re from a country where you have to take the TB test.
- a certified translation if any documents are not in English or Welsh.
If you are under 18:
- contact details for at least one parent or guardian in your home country, if you’re under 18 years old.
- you need to provide additional documents if you’re travelling on your own, or you’re travelling with someone who is not your parent or guardian
It costs £200 for a Short-term study visa.
You will also have to pay an immigration healthcare surcharge as part of your application. This is so you can use the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
The Standard Visitor Visa will allow you to come to the UK if you are 16 years or older and want to enter for up to 6 months to study a short course, including English language courses.
Your nationality will determine whether you need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa (entry clearance) or Electronic Travel Authorization.
EU, EEA, Swiss and non-Visa Nationals
If your country is not on the UKVI list of visa nationals, you are a non-visa national.
You do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK.
You can request entry to the UK as a Standard Visitor when you arrive in the UK.
You must travel with your supporting documents in your hand luggage to be presented upon request at the Border Control.
You can use the eGates for quicker entry if you:
- are a national from an EU country, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, or the USA.
- are aged 10+ (10 to 17 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult)
- hold a current passport (with a biometric chip)
This will grant you the right to study in the UK for a period of maximum six months.
All international students are required to submit their immigration documents for a Right to Study Check before starting their course in the UK.
For eGates users, please keep your boarding pass.
If aged 16 or 17 additional documents may be required before you travel, please contact us for further information.
If you are a national of one of the countries on the visa national list published on the UK government website, you will need to apply for a visa and receive a successful decision, before you can travel to the UK (entry clearance).
The Standard Visitor visa allows students to come and study in the UK for a course of up to six months.
Please note that you cannot apply for a Standard Visitor Visa from inside the UK.
You can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa to study if you are aged 16 and over and you are:
- Studying a short course (six months or less) with no work or internship,
- Returning to the UK to re-sit an exam, retake a module
What are the main conditions for a Standard Visitor visa?
- have been accepted onto a course provided by an accredited UK institution
- the course is no more than 6 months long
- have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, and be able to pay for
- your return or onward journey out of the UK.
- Show that you are a genuine visitor
- intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit
- have arranged accommodation for your stay
If aged 16 or 17 there are additional requirements, please contact us to seek further advice before applying or visit the UK government website.
ETAs are replacing Electronic Visa Waivers (EVW)
If you’re a national of Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates, you can get an ETA if you’re travelling to the UK on or after 22 February 2024.
An ETA allows unlimited visits to the UK over 2 years and cost £10.
You also do not need an ETA if you have either:
- a visa
- permission to live, work or study in the UK.
If aged 16 or 17 there are additional requirements, please contact us to seek further advice before applying.
If you’re a national of another country, you do not currently need an ETA.
More nationalities will be able to apply later. Please make sure to visit the UK government website.
Important Information- Electronic Visa Authorisation (ETA)
UK travel requirements are changing. Visitors to the UK, including students for short stay, who do not need a visa for short stays in the UK will soon require permission to travel through an Electronic Travel Authorisation.
Please see our course information pages for more details.