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Visa advice

If you are not a British or Irish national, you will need a visa to study in the UK.

You do need to enter the UK with the appropriate visa/status or we can’t register you as a student at Exeter.

For in-depth information please look at the dedicated visa-advice website which includes guides that help explain the application processes. You can also find webinars hosted by the International Student Support team on this webpage which help explain your options and guide you through the application process.

You are required to inform us on your application which visa you will choose. You must choose either a Visitor Visa or Student Visa, more details can be found in the options below:

The UK government website is confusing and seems to indicate that you don’t need a visa if you are studying in the UK for a single semester. What they mean is that you are not required to obtain entry clearance i.e. permission to enter the UK before you travel. You can apply for either the visitor visa or student visa, you should thoroughly research which visa is best for your situation:

Visitor Visa

Most one semester students apply for the Visitor visa and you can request this when you enter the UK. You cannot apply for this visa if you are a full year student.

You will need your acceptance letter, sent to you via email by the Inbound Team at the end of June to apply. You can find out more information about the visitor visa and how to apply on this page. It will also tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of applying for the Visitor visa before you travel or when you arrive at the UK airport.

Student Visa

A student visa is typically for students wishing to study for more than six months and allows you to work alongside your studies in the UK. Single semester students can apply for the student visa, you should carefully consider whether this is best for your situation. More information can be found here.

Full year students must apply for the student visa.

You can find out more information about the student visa and how to apply on this page.

If you have any questions about visas please contact our immigration experts at visaadvice@exeter.ac.uk . They will be able to advise you.

The inbound team are unable to give visa advice, you must contact our dedicated team.