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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
Oxford Brookes Global: Sally Saca Tel: 4685, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social events programme: Solenn Robert Tel: 4825, Email: email@example.com
Humanities and Social Sciences: Elly O'Dwyer Tel: 4889, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology, Design and Environment: Elly O'Dwyer Tel: 4889, Email: email@example.com
Oxford Brookes Business School: Jasmin De Zilva Tel: 3196, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Life Sciences: Jasmin De Zilva Tel: 3196, Email: email@example.com
Pathway courses: Sally Saca Tel: 4685, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general queries or if the named person is not available: Tel: 4681, Email: email@example.com
For visa compliance, please email the International Student Compliance Team on 4279 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oxford Brookes should only extend a dissertation with reference to
and not to enable a student to extend their visa.
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
if you are interested in any of these topics or have any suggestions for other areas.