ISAT information for staff

  • As part of Student Central, the International Student Advice Team (ISAT) provide support and advice for current international students and staff at Oxford Brookes.

    ISAT is located in Student Central in the JHBB by the Forum.

  • ISAT advisers are the University's designated immigration advisers and it is our job to keep up to date with the rapidly changing immigration rules and guidance issued by the Home Office.

    As a rough guide, if a student needs more than general information they should be referred to ISAT with any visa related queries they have.

    Please contact us if you would like any of our business cards to give to students or direct them to our contact page.

    Oxford Brookes Global: Sally Saca
    Tel: 4685, Email:

    Social events programme: Solenn Robert
    Tel: 4825, Email:

    Humanities and Social Sciences: Elly O'Dwyer
    Tel: 4889, Email:

    Technology, Design and Environment: Elly O'Dwyer
    Tel: 4889, Email:

    Oxford Brookes Business School: Jasmin De Zilva
    Tel: 3196, Email:

    Health and Life Sciences: Jasmin De Zilva
    Tel: 3196, Email:

    Pathway courses: Sally Saca
    Tel: 4685, Email:

    For general queries or if the named person is not available:
    Tel: 4681, Email:

    For visa compliance, please email the International Student Compliance Team on 4279 or

    A student is asking me for a letter because they are travelling home during semester time

    Tier 4 students are required to attend all parts of their course so they should not plan holidays during semester time. However, sometimes students need to travel home for personal reasons. They should always ask permission from their Academic Adviser and from any module leader where they will miss part of the course.

    If faculty staff give permission for the student to travel, we advise the student to get a letter or email from faculty to say that they are aware they are travelling home and giving the latest date that they should return by to be allowed to continue their course. If the student is taking Approved Temporary Withdrawal then Brookes will report this to the Home Office who will curtail their visa to just 60 days.

    Changing course

    CASs are now tied to the course not just to the institution and so a student must come and see ISAT for visa advice if they want to change course.

    How long can an international student study in the UK?

    The limit for undergraduate and postgraduate level study is normally five years; for below degree level study it is normally two years. Check with ISAT for details.

    Can students study with us if they have a visa that is not a Tier 4 visa?

    ISAT can have a look at the student's current visa to see if there are any restrictions on studying and whether they can remain on their current visa or whether they need to apply for a new visa.

    When can a student study part-time?

    Part-time study is allowed on a Tier 4 (General) student visa when a student is retaking a module or writing up a postgraduate dissertation in order to complete a full-time course. If a student has questions about studying part time on a Tier 4 visa, please ask them to contact ISAT.
    Part-time study is allowed with a short-term student visa (for courses of up to 6 months or up to 11 months for English Language courses and for occasional visits for a distance learner).
    If a student wants to apply for any other part-time course they cannot do this with a Tier 4 (General) visa but may be able to do it if they have another visa that does not prohibit study. In this case please contact ISAT.

    A student is asking me for a letter to say they can work

    You do not need to provide such a letter. It is the employer's responsibility to check with Home Office if they are not sure if they can employ a student. The employer should refer to the Home Office guidance document. The student does require confirmation of their semester dates; they can refer to the semester dates on the website as long as these are correct for your course.

    A student wants me to extend their dissertation deadline so they can extend their visa

    Oxford Brookes should only extend a dissertation with reference to exceptional circumstances and not to enable a student to extend their visa.

    What are the English Language requirements for Tier 4 students?

    Student's studying below degree level need an Home Office approved test taken at an approved centre with a Home Office reference on their certificate to show they are at B1 (IELTS 4.0). For degree level, Brookes needs to make an assessment that the student is at B2 (IELTS 5.5).
    SELT providers and B1 and B2 equivalents

    ISAT can come to your Faculty or department and present to staff or students. Please contact us if you are interested in any of these topics or have any suggestions for other areas.

    1. An Introduction to ISAT
    2. How to extend your student visa
    3. Our responsibilities under the Points Based System
    4. Cultural awareness
    5. Students, work and immigration