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Student visas

Student visas

Student visas

Graduate work visa: The new Graduate work visa can be applied for from 1 July 2021. If you are studying remotely, you will need to travel to the UK by a particular date and complete your course in the UK. Deadlines for travel to the UK in order to qualify for the Graduate work visa and further details about the Graduate Route are on our website here: Graduate Route.

EU Settlement Scheme: The deadline for qualifying EU citizens to apply for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. If you qualify, you must submit your application by that deadline or you will need a UK visa to continue your studies in the UK. Detailed information is here: EU Settlement Scheme.

Access our service: We run regular live webinars on applying for your Student visa and other important topics, and our trained immigration advisers are also available for a range of 1:1 digital drop-ins/appointments for students already in the UK and those currently applying for visas. We can also meet students on-campus if you really need to see us in person. Book a webinar or to speak with an adviser HERE. You can also email us at

Covid-19 updates: Find our latest Covid-19 immigration information and other key information for international students HERE.

Most non-UK students coming to study in the UK will need a Student visa. This includes EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021. Your Student visa will allow you to stay in the UK for the whole of your course and comes with both privileges and restrictions.

Key facts


To come to the UK and study on a Student visa, you will need to show that:

- You have an unconditional offer for a course in the UK at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) registered sponsor (for example a CAS number from the University of Exeter)

- You are qualified to undertake that course

- You can fund your studies in the UK without working


Applying for a visa from outside the UK (Entry Clearance): £348

Applying for a visa from inside the UK (Leave to Remain): £494.20

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): £470 per person, per year of visa to be granted

Duration The length of your course + between 1 week and 6 months depending on the length and level of your course. Find out how long you should be granted here.

Full-time students: work up to 20 hours per week during term-time*

Part-time students: work is prohibited

*Note that INTO students may have different work restrictions

Study Your visa is linked to a specific course and institution – you will likely need a new visa if you wish to change
Application length

Applying for a visa from outside the UK (Entry Clearance): you will usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. You check the current visa processing times here.

Applying for a visa from inside the UK (Leave to Remain): the standard service takes 8 weeks, however there are premium options if you require a decision sooner than this. Please contact us for further advice.

Next Steps

Click on the relevant section below for our advice and guidance when applying for a Student visa.  We provide advice and support for all Student visa applications and provide a visa extension service if you are in the UK.

» How to apply

This page details the process for applying for a Student visa.

» Application form

A guide to completing your Student visa application form.

» Money

Find out the amount of money required and how you can show this.

» CAS & Qualifications

How to meet the visa conditions using your unconditional offer and previous qualifications.

» Dependants

Guidance for your spouse and children to apply for visas as your dependants.

» Online events

This summer we are running a series of webinars to help you prepare for study at Exeter. We'd love for you to join us.