Student visa

As an institution, we embrace diversity. Whatever your background may be, we believe that anyone with passion and motivation is capable of accomplishing great things.

Your journey as an international student starts here and we would like to congratulate you on having made the bold decision to move to London and study abroad.

We understand as an international student applying to study in the UK can be a daunting and challenging task. We are here to guide you through your application to make it as easy as possible.

    1. Check if you need a VISA to study in the UK

    Depending on your country of origin, VISA regulations may differ. We advise that you do the test on the UK government website to check whether you need a VISA and what type of VISA.

    2. Who can apply?

    You are eligible to apply for a Student visa if:

      • You want to study in the UK for a period going from more than 6 months to 5 years.
      • You have received an unconditional offer to study with us. Once you have gone through the King Stage admission process and met academic and financial requirements, we will send you your personal Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
      • You are able to speak, write, read and understand English. As part of our admission process, you will have to complete an English test. In case you need extra support prior to starting a programme, English lessons tailored to different levels are available.
      • You are financially secure and can afford to live in the UK and pay for your course. Visit our Financial support page to learn more about bursaries and scholarships available via King Stage.
      • You may be asked for evidence of a tuberculosis (TB) test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are residents of specific countries.

    3. Where do you apply?

    Go to the UK government website to start your application and find out all relevant information regarding the UK Student Visa.

    4. When should you apply?

    If applying from your home country, you can submit your application up to 6 months before the start of your course.

    However, if you are already in the UK, you may apply 3 months before your programme starts.

    Your application usually takes between 3 and 8 weeks to process.

    5. How much will it cost?

    To apply for a student visa from outside the UK costs £348. It will cost £475 to extend or switch to a Student visa from inside the UK.

    Immigration Health Surcharge Fee

    This is a one-off payment that allows access to the National Health Service (NHS). Use this link to calculate how much you would pay for this facility.

    6. What are your legal rights?

    Once you have obtained your UK student visa you are legally allowed to:

      • Live in the UK
      • Study in the UK
      • Work as a student union sabbatical officer in the UK.
      • Work a set amount of hours per month (a student visa allows you to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time*)

    7. After your study

    As an international student having successfully completed your programme, you will be able to look for work and start your career in the UK for a period of two years after completing your studies thanks to the two-year post-study work visa.

Short-term Student visa

A Short-term Student visa is for students who are genuinely seeking entry to study as a short-term student. Short-term student courses are normally between 6 and 11 months.

This visa category imposes some restrictions and conditions while you are in the UK:

  • You will not be entitled to take up any employment, undertake placements or internships, start your own business, and you will have ‘no recourse to public funds
  • You cannot bring dependents
  • You will not be entitled to healthcare. Therefore, we strongly advise that you take out medical insurance to cover the duration of your stay to avoid any unexpected costly medical bills
  • You are only permitted to study on the course for which you are granted Short-term Student immigration permission
  • You must leave the UK within 30 days of your course end date as declared in your visa application or before your visa expires, whichever is earlier
  • You cannot apply to switch into any other immigration routes from within the UK

Application requirements

Make sure to read the list carefully so that you are fully compliant.

  • You can apply for this visa up to 3 months before your intended date of travel to the UK. Payment of £186 for the visa application.
  • Your current passport or other travel document shows your identity and nationality.
  • Letter of acceptance from the King Stage confirming your course information.
  • Evidence of your immigration permission to be in the country where you are applying if you are not a national of that country.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) certificate if you are resident in any of the countries listed on the UK Government website. If you have lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you have been away from that country for no more than 6 months you will not need a TB test.
  • Please read the following link Short-term Student guidance for further details.

Financial evidence

Make sure to read the list carefully so that you are fully compliant.

  • You will need to demonstrate that you have the funds to:
    – maintain and accommodate yourself for the duration of your trip
    – meet the cost of your return or onward journey
    – pay your course fees or have paid the course fees by the date of your visa application
  • There is no set amount stated in the Rules that you need to demonstrate for accommodation/living costs, but you may wish to aim to have £1023 per month for the duration of your stay, as this is the requirement for a Student visa.
  • The types of evidence that you can provide in support of your application can include payslips (showing 6 months), evidence of self-employment, savings, and bank statements.
  • When using personal funds, the caseworker may make further checks to establish the origin of the funds especially if they have not been held for long. Therefore, it is advisable to provide evidence of where your income comes from
  • The evidence you provide must meet the requirements in Appendix Finance of the Immigration Rules.

Application process

You need to apply online from outside of the UK via the UK Government website. When asked to ‘Confirm your visa type’ make sure you select ‘Short-term student visa.

What happens next?

After you have paid to submit your visa application online you may need to book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) and upload copies of your documents.

At your appointment, you will also need to provide your biometrics. To provide these you will need to:

  • have a digital photo taken of your face
  • put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned
  • provide your signature


The next correspondence you receive should be your visa application decision.

The standard visa processing time for applications made outside of the UK is 15 working days from when you attend your biometric appointment. You should allow a week for your passport to be endorsed with an entry vignette (visa sticker), and you must travel to the UK during the validity of the vignette.

After you have arrived in the UK you will need to pick up your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the location on your visa decision letter.

If your visa application is refused, make sure you contact King Stage and supply a copy of the visa refusal letter. For further information, please contact us at

Applying at the UK border

Tell the Border Force Officer you want to be admitted as a visitor to follow a short course of study for less than six months. You’ll need to show some documents. If you leave the UK during your course, you’ll need to show these documents every time you re-enter.