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Entry and Employment Regulations

The UK welcomes international students from all around the world, but there is a rigorous visa process you must follow.

It is important to be aware of the entry and employment regulations that affect international students in the UK. Click through the gallery below to make sure you fulfil all that's required to gain successful entry as an international student in the UK.

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Student Visas

Students from certain countries coming to university in Britain will need to obtain entry clearance (often called a 'visa') from the UK Border Agency before arrival. This could take several weeks to arrange so we advise getting it out of the way as soon as possible.

Visa application process

The application is assessed on a Points Based System (Tier 4). Under this system you will need 40 points by satisfying two criteria:

  • one by obtaining a Visa Letter or Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university where you plan to study (30 points);
  • and the other by proving that you have enough funds for you (and your family, if applicable) to live here (10 points).

Knowledge of English

Students must prove knowledge of English Language when applying for a student visa. 

There are a number of testing centres which offer English Language tests. Many universities have specific requirements so check with providers for details on the test you need to take.

Our section on English Language tests will help clarify.

Full information on applying for student visas is available on the UK government website.