UK Study Visa

UK Study Visa

Visit The United Kingdom For The Purpose of Study.

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Important Travel Document Information – Please Read

You may stay in the United Kingdom for up to six months in order to:

  • study at an accredited institution including English Language courses
  • conduct a little piece of research relating to your foreign course
  • take an entrance exam, retake a course module or complete a PhD oral examination (a viva)
  • if you are a recent graduate of a medical, dental, or nursing school, complete an unpaid clinical attachment.

UK Study Visa Eligibility

You must establish the following:

  • you have been admitted to a course offered by a UK-accredited institution.
  • the course has a maximum duration of six months (unless it is a distant learning course).

Accredited institutions in the United Kingdom cannot be academies or state-funded schools.

For Research

If you wish to conduct a brief piece of research in the UK, you must establish the following:

  • at least sixteen years old
  • you are already enrolled in a course outside the United Kingdom that is comparable to a UK degree.
  • been accepted to participate in research relating to the course youre studying abroad by a UK higher education institution.

You may stay up to six months to do research.

Documents You Must Submit For Research

Youll need to obtain proof from your overseas course provider that the research or research tuition is related to or is included in the course youre taking abroad.

If youre in the UK for an elective, you must establish that you are:

  • at least sixteen years of age
  • are currently enrolled in an abroad course that is equal to a UK degree
  • completing an elective (extra placement) as part of an international medical, veterinary medicine and science, nursing, or dentistry programme.


Courses offered via distance education

If you are enrolled in a distance learning course, the duration of the course may exceed six months.

This is because the majority of your studies will take place outside of the United Kingdom.

You can visit the United Kingdom as part of your course to participate in certain activities, for example:

  • participate in induction weeks
  • engage in extensive face-to-face learning
  • conduct progress checks
  • take examinations or assessments

If you choose to study for a period longer than six months you must apply for one of the following:

  • Short-term study visa – for up to 11 months of English Language instruction
  • Student visa – for students enrolled in courses offered by licenced student sponsors
  • Child Student Visa – if you are between the ages of 4 and 17, you may study in an independent school.

Criteria For Medical Studies

Your UK higher education provider must declare in writing that you will not be treating patients or receiving compensation during the elective.

If you are an international graduate of a medical, dentistry, or nursing school, you may work for up to six months on an unpaid clinical attachment or as a dental observer.

If you wish to stay longer than six months, you must pass the PLAB test and apply for permanent residence in the UK.

You must abstain from treating patients.

Required Documents For Medical Study

You must substantiate your claim in writing:

  • of your clinical attachment or post-offer dental observer
  • that you have not previously completed a clinical attachment or dental observer job in the United Kingdom

If youre sitting for the OSCE or PLAB examinations, you may stay for up to six months in order to finalise your OSCE or PLAB tests.

If you do not pass the PLAB test the first time, you may request to stay in the UK for an additional six months to retake it.

If you pass the PLAB test, you may seek to work in the United Kingdom on an unpaid clinical attachment or as a dental observer. 

You may stay in the UK for a maximum of 18 months.

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