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International Student Clearance

International Student Clearance

All non-UK students will need to present their passport and immigration status (visa) to the University. This is done through an International Student Clearance appointment, usually at the start of your studies. You will not be able to complete your University registration until you have completed this step.  

New students will receive instructions on all of the below in their Welcome Email.

New students: If you have recently studied in the UK and already have a valid Student visa for a different institution, the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) rules require you to apply for a new Student visa for your University of Exeter course before you are permitted to register (regardless of when your current Student visa expires).

International Student Clearance appointments

Streatham and St Luke's campuses - no appointment necessary if you are a currently registered student and are only collecting your BRP card. Drop-in sessions available Monday to Friday between 2pm and 3pm at the Innovation Centre. 

Streatham and St Luke's campuses - available Tuesdays and Fridays between 2pm and 3pm.

Penryn and Cornwall campuses - available Wednesdays between 9am and 3pm.

Immigration status (visa)

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national and have used the 'UK Immigration: ID Check' app, you will have a digital immigration status and will therefore need to generate a share code ahead of your International Student Clearance appointment (see here for details).

Everyone else will have a visa in their passport and/or a BRP card.

BRP Collection 

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national and have used the 'UK Immigration: ID Check' app, you will not be issued a BRP card. 

New students who have applied for a Student visa and used the University delivery address (see here for details) will be able to collect their BRP cards during their International Student Clearance appointment.

If you have not selected the University delivery address, you should check your visa grant letter/email which will confirm where you need to collect your BRP card from. This will likely be from the local Post Office. Once you have collected your BRP card, you should attend an International Student Clearance appointment to update your student record.

It's really important to check your BRP card carefully to make sure the details are correct (see here for details of the most common errors). 

UniCard Collection

During Welcome Week, new students will only be able to collect their UniCards during their International Student Clearance appointment. Instructions on how to do this will be sent to you in your Welcome Emails later in the summer.

Outside of the start of term, please visit the SID desk (Streatham) or the PIP desk (Penryn) to collect your UniCard.


If you have questions about any of the above, please contact the Immigration Compliance team on