To apply for a student visa, you may apply for a Tier 4 Adult Visa (age 18 or over) or Child Visa (between ages 4 and 17). This visa is to enroll in a degree program or other long-term course of study.
A Tier 4 visa is a multiple-entry document, meaning you are allowed to leave the UK for short periods without the need to re-apply for a visa. You may apply for a Tier 4 study permit either within the UK or before you arrive.
As a Tier 4 adult visa holder, you may also work part-time while pursuing your studies. Minors who are 16 or 17 years old and coming to the UK alone for their studies must present a letter from one or both parents or guardians granting their permission.
If you are a British national or a resident of one of any of the countries listed below, and sponsored by a Highly Trusted Sponsor you may be considered a Low-Risk Applicant. This entitles applicants to relaxed requirements for submission of some necessary documents for a Tier 4 study permit.
Documents that are not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a translation into English or Welsh, along with documentation of the accuracy of the translation and the credentials and contact information for information or company that executed the translation.
If you wish to pursue a short program of study instead, you may apply for a Student Visitor Visa. These visas allow students to stay in the UK for up to 6 months if you are pursuing general studies, or up to 11 months if you are enrolled in a program to learn English. You must be accepted an institution that is registered, licensed or recognized within the UK to qualify for student visitor visa.
If you intend to begin studies within the UK but have not finalized your study arrangements, you may travel to the UK as a Prospective Student. You may or may not need to apply for a visa to enter the UK depending on your visa status, how long you intend to stay or other factors. You must apply for a student visitor, child visitor or prospective student visa before entering the UK. As an adult or child Student Visitor or Prospective Student, you may not work or seek government assistance for medical care while you are in the UK.