Who needs a visa

Anyone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will need a visa to enter the UK.

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British and Commonwealth citizens

British and Commonwealth citizens with either the right of abode or leave to remain, do not need a visa to study in the UK.

Within the European Economic Area (EEA)

Anyone from within the European Economic Area (EEA) does not need a visa to study in the UK, this includes all EU nationals and students from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

Outside of European Economic Area (EEA)

Anyone from outside the EEA will need a visa to enter the UK.

If you plan to study for 6 months or less and you are not from one of the countries that is visa exempt, you may not need to apply for a visa in advance of your travel. See Short Term Study Visas for information and a list of nationals that must have a visa in advance of travel.

Check what visa you need

Use gov.uk/check-uk-visa to find out whether you need a visa by answering some quick questions.

You can also contact us if you are unsure.

How to apply for a visa

See Tier 4 (General) student visas for more information about applying for your visa.