Once you have decided to study in the UK, you will need to follow a number of steps to obtain a student visa. What to expect when applying to study abroad? Read carefully the immigration rules!
Step 1: Find a course
There are so many courses to choose from, we couldn't possibly list all of your choices! However, we are here to help. Speak to an advisor about suitable universities and their entry requirements. You can apply to up to 5 different universities, so you will have a backup plan in case you receive a rejection. Book a free consultation.
Step 2: Manage your budget
When intending to study in the UK, you need to be aware of the costs. You should consider your expenses and make a plan for how to cover them. The most important thing will be your course's tuition fee. This will depend on the university, the program and the degree level. For international students, the fees may vary between £10,000 and £38,000 per year, or even more. What else should you include when managing your budget? Find out here!
Step 3: Your English Level
You will need to demonstrate that your English level is good enough to enroll at a British university. You can prove this by providing a CEFR or IELTS Certificate. If you don't have any of them, you may be asked to attend internal English exams.
Please note! No matter what proof of English you provide while applying for a student visa, an IELTS UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Certificate will be required.
Step 4: Get your student visa!
Once your university confirms you have met the entry requirements, you will receive an unconditional offer. You need to formally accept it in order to guarantee your place in the programme. After that, the university will give you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) – the document that will allow you to apply for your student visa. You can apply online up to 6 months before your course begins, and the visa should be with you within 3 weeks. Be ready to pay a fee, which currently costs £348. Are you ready to apply?
During the visa application process, you will need to pay also a healthcare fee that will give you access to the British healthcare system, called the NHS.