International citizens who hail from outside of the European Union and who wish to study in the UK must obtain a UK student visa before they can begin their education in the country. The majority of students will require a Tier 4 UK student visa, which you will only be eligible for if your chosen institution is on the list of UKBA trusted sponsors.
International students can apply for their student visa up to three months before the start of their course date once you have been offered an unconditional place, and some universities will actually help you with the application process. A prospective student can also enter the UK if you can prove contact with UK universities. These visas last for six months, enabling you to visit potential campuses at your leisure, but they should be upgraded to a full UK student visa as soon as possible.
The UK student visa requirements are determined using a points-based system. In order to satisfy the criteria for successful entry you will need the following;
Additional requirements in obtaining a student visa may include biometric tests, physical interviews, and proof you have obtained certain medical vaccinations depending on your origin country.
Applying for a UK student visa costs £310 for international students based outside of the country, and whilst the information required may seem complex the process is actually very straightforward. If you need help meeting the criteria of your student visa application, or you simply require advice on the application process itself, contact IEC Abroad today for expert advice.