Studying for less than six months

  • If you are coming to Oxford Brookes to study for less than six months you may be able to study on a Visitor visa. This could be the best route if you are studying for one semester on an exchange programme or retaking modules. Please use the links below to decide if this is the right visa for you and contact ISAT if you are not sure.

    When applying you must show that you are a genuine student and that you will leave the UK after six months. For further details please see UKCISA’s guidance on showing you are a genuine student.

    How to apply

    Firstly you will need to check if you are a visa national or non-visa national/ EU/EEA/Swiss national. You can do this by seeing if the country you are a citizen of is on the Visa national list or EU/EEA country list

    Visa nationals

    If you are a Visa national you will need to apply for a visa before you come to the UK. You will need to

    • Complete the online application formYou will need to select 'short term study (up to six months)' as the main reason for your visit to the UK when you complete the application form.
    • Pay the application fees which is currently £95 for a six month visitor visa.
    • Provide evidence to show the reason for your visit. We advise that you use your Oxford Brookes unconditional offer letter.
    • Provide evidence that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees and you can support yourself while you are in the UK. As the UKVI does not give a specific amount, we suggest you use the Student visa maintenance requirements as a guide, which is £1023 per month of your course. If you have already paid your tuition fees or accommodation cost, you should show receipts as evidence. Please see the Home Office’s guidance for supporting documents for full details what you should provide with your application.
    • The documents you provide must be originals. If they are not in English you will need to provide official translations. Requirements for translations are given in the Home Office’s guidance for supporting documents

    Non-visa nationals

    If you are a non-visa national you do not have to apply for a visa before you travel to the UK - you can request entry as a visitor upon arrival. You will need to present all the documents to support your application to a Border Force Officer when you arrive in the UK. These documents include your course offer letter, and evidence that you can pay your tuition fees and financially support yourself. See the Home Office’s guidance for supporting documents and contact ISAT if you have any questions.

    Use of the E-gates

    Citizens of EU/EEA/Switzerland or Australia. Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA have the option of entering the UK via the E-gates. If you enter this way, you automatically receive leave to enter the UK for 6 months as a visitor. You will not receive a stamp.

    You will need to have a biometric passport . If you are from any of the countries listed above but do not have a biometric passport you will need to see a Border Force Officer to enter the UK as a Visitor (see above).

    If you use the E-gates to enter the UK you will need to keep documentation of your arrival into the UK as you will need to have a record of the date you entered. This could be your flight ticket/boarding pass/ booking confirmation for the Channel tunnel. You will need to make sure you do not stay in the UK longer than 6 months after the date on this document. Please send this documentation to isct@brookes.ac.uk.

    Healthcare

    If you are in the UK on a Visitor visa, only certain health services, for example accident and emergency services will be free for you. The UKCISA guidance on health and healthcare in the UK explains international students' entitlement to free medical treatment in the UK. As accessing medical treatment (other than emergency services described above) is prohibited as a visitor, we advise that you take out private medical insurance.

    Visitor visa restrictions

    • You cannot apply for a Visitor visa in the UK.
    • You cannot extend your Visitor visa in the UK.
    • You cannot work on a Visitor visa.
    • You cannot switch to Student visa in the UK, if you are applying for further study after your period of six months you will need to make your next visa application outside the UK.
    • You cannot bring family members with your on a Visitor visa, your family members will need to apply for their own visas.


    Help on applying from ISAT

    Email isat@brookes.ac.uk
    We respond to most emails within one or two working days.

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