Visas for Short-term study

Information on short term study visas and how to apply.

Short-term study route visa for students on English language courses for periods of six to eleven months

Short-term study route visas are now only available to students coming to the UK for courses that are between six and eleven months long.

Please note that if you enter the UK as a short-term student you are not entitled to:
*work (paid, unpaid, voluntary or as part of a work placement or internship)
*extend your visa in the UK, or switch to a different visa category from within the UK
*bring dependants.

Students coming to NTU to study a PEAP course ending in August are advised to apply for a Student visa.  This will enable you to apply from within the UK for your Student visa that covers your main course of study. Further information about Short-term study visas is available on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

Visitor visas for students on short courses of less than six months

If you are coming to the UK for a course that is less than six months long, you may use a standard visitor visa.  You may consider using a visitor visa at NTU in the following circumstances:
1.You are on an exchange / study abroad programme and are coming to NTU for one term / semester.
2.You are repeating without attendance and returning to NTU to sit an exam.
3.You are studying a distance learning course and are required to come to campus for a short study block or assessment.

If you are a visa national, you must make an application for Entry Clearance as a short-term student from your home country.

This application must be approved and a visa issued as a sticker in your passport before you can travel to the UK. Check if you are a visa national on the GOV.UK website.

To find out more about the visa application process in your country, including how to apply and the location of visa application centres, please visit the GOV.UK website.

The documents you will need to provide with your application include:

  • your current passport, plus any previous passports
  • one passport-sized photograph
  • the correct fee (£95 in local currency).
  • letter from Nottingham Trent University confirming details of your course (length, cost, payments made) or, for students returning to complete specific academic requirements, the exact date(s) of your resit exams or final submission. You need to request this letter from your Subject Administrator.
  • bank statements covering a period of at least 6 months which prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your time in the UK (we recommend at least £800 per month that you intend to be in the country, in addition to any outstanding course fees).
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans – but you are advised not to pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
  • your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and you are from a country where you have to take the test

For a full list of the documents you need to support your application, please check the UKVI website

We highly recommend that in addition to submitting these supporting documents with your visa application you also carry them with you when you travel to the UK, so that you can present them if asked to do so by an Immigration Officer on arrival at the UK Border.

Non-visa nationals

If you are a non-visa national, you are able to come to the UK as a visitor without needing to apply for a visa beforehand. Instead, you can be stamped in as a visitor on arrival at the UK Border.

You will not need to fill in an application form or pay the application fee, but you will be required to submit the same documents as above at the UK Border.

Please note that even though non-visa nationals are not required to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK, some choose to do so.

Applying for a visa in advance can save time at the UK border, and is a particularly good idea for those who have previously been refused entry to the UK, breached the conditions of their UK visa or who have any unspent criminal convictions.

  • Last updated: 09/04/2021