Student immigration: the basics

Last modified: 11 August 2017
Most types of immigration permission allow you to study in the UK.

The categories aimed specifically at students are Tier 4 and short-term student.

We provide information about:
• the Tier 4 (General) student route for students aged 16 and older
• the short-term student route for students who want to study courses that are up to 6 months long or English language courses up to 11 months long
• how to deal with immigration problems, including what to do if you lose your passport or biometric residence permit or if your education provider closes

If you are aged 18 or under and want to study at an independent school, the Tier 4 (Child) student route might be appropriate for you. We do not describe the requirements for Tier 4 (Child) students, but you can find the information you need and links to application forms on the UK Visas and Immigration website.