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