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A short-term student visa is different to a Tier 4 General student visa as it allows you to study part-time, but only for courses up to six months long (or 11 months for English Language students). You may want to apply for this visa if you will be an exchange or English Language student, or if you only need to come to the UK occasionally for a distance learning course. It may also be possible to apply for a short-term student visa to resit an exam.
Find out more from UKCISA.
Read the Home Office guidance on applying.
If you are a visa national (appendix 2) or apply for the English language course 11 month concession visa, you must apply for your visa before you travel.
If you are applying for a course of up to 6 months and are not a visa national (appendix 2) you can get your visa when you arrive in the UK, but you will still need to show the same evidence and so we recommend applying before you travel. It is important that you make it clear you will be studying when you arrive so that you are not given a visitor visa that doesn't allow study to be your main reason for coming to the UK. Make sure you show the UKVI official your Brookes offer letter for your course and check that the stamp they give you in your passport says 'short-term student'.
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