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Applying for a Visa

The Student route (previously called Tier 4):

If your programme is longer than 6 months you will need a Student visa.

Study up to six months:

You can apply for a Visitor visa.

If you are coming to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a student visa. In order to get a student Visa you must meet strict criteria for the application, which we will request as part of your application to study before a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) is issued. Please be aware that you are required to pay a minimum of 50% tuition fees prior to CAS being issued.

Our quick guide to student visas below gives an overview of the application process.



Evidence of finances

Sponsored students

TB testing

Academic qualifications

English language requirements

Student visa credibility interviews

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

Time limits

Academic progression

ATAS stands for Academic Technology Approval Scheme, this is required by all international students hoping to study a postgraduate qualification in certain sensitive subjects. The need for ATAS is not limited to student visas and is also required by those with existing immigration permissions.

You will be informed upon application to Edge Hill University if you need to apply for an ATAS certificate. The ATAS application must be made before the CAS can be issued.

More information and how to apply

If you are going to be studying for no more than six months you can apply for a visitor visa

A Visitor Visa does NOT allow you to:

  • extend your stay in the UK to study longer
  • switch into another immigration category in the UK
  • work whilst in the UK.
  • If you are going to study on an 11-month English-Language-only programme, you will need to apply for the Short-term Study visa.

 How to apply:

Visa nationals

Visa nationals

Non-visa nationals

Inside the UK

Please contact the International Office immediately with the refusal notice, you will then be advised of options available to you.

+44 1695 657122
[email protected]

Outside the UK

You should inform Edge Hill University immediately if your visa is refused. Please forward the full refusal notice that has been issued to you to the international office. [email protected]

You may be given the right of an administrative review by the UKVI.

An administrative review means your application is considered by another UKVI  officer who was not involved in the initial decision. An administrative review is free and must be requested within 28 days of the refusal notice being issued. Edge Hill University may be able to support you through an administrative review, depending on the reasons you were refused initially. Therefore, please do keep the international office informed.

In some instances an administrative review may not be the best course of action due to the time a review can take or the situation of your refusal, in these cases Edge Hill will advise you whether a new application could be submitted.

If you already have a valid visa in the UK this may allow you to study or to switch to a student visa from within the UK. When you make your application to study please provide a copy of your current visa and we will provide individual advice as to whether you can use this to study or if you are able to switch visas from within the UK.

Examples of visas which allow study in the UK include, but are not limited to:

  • Indefinite leave to remain
  • PBS dependent visa
  • Ancestry visa
  • Refugee
  • Asylum seeker

Most students have no problems during their studies and are able to complete their programme on time. However, on occasion students face problems which interrupt studies or cause issues and delays for the student programme. Some students may have the re-sit exams, repeat a year of studies, or ask for special consideration due to personal issues.

For student visas please contact the compliance and immigration manager in the first instance as there may be visa implications.

For all enrolled students there is information regarding resits and programme extensions on the academic registry webpage. Alternatively, call in to the student administration centre for advice.