General student visa (Tier 4)
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course
- can speak, read, write and understand English
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
- are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
You must have:
- an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
- enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
Knowledge of English:
You must prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.
This usually means passing a secure English language test (SELT).
|Where you’re studying||What you’re studying||Knowledge of English needed||Level|
|Higher education institution (HEI)||Degree level or above||Reading, writing, listening and speaking||Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2|
|Institution that’s not HEI||Degree level or above||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B2|
|Any institution||Below degree||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B1|
HEIs can choose how to assess a student’s knowledge of English. They must still be at:
- CEFR level B2 if you’re studying at a degree level or higher
- SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking and CEFR level B1 if you’re not studying at a degree level
Documents you must provide:
When you apply for the visa you must provide:
- a current passport or other valid travel documentation
- proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
- proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
- proof of your relationship with your parent or guardian if you’re under 18
- your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
Apply for the Visa:
- You must apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
- You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application.
You’ll have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if you actually arrive at a later date).You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.