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Schooling for your children

If your children are aged between 5 and 16, they can attend government primary and secondary schools in the UK, as long as they are here as your dependants. You will not have to pay for this. However,...
04/02/2016 14:43:00

Scholarships and funding your studies

UKCISA is not a funding organisation and we do not give grants or scholarships.  This page provides you with introductory information on funding your studies. We have also provided you...
15/08/2016 15:09:00


The British Council's Education UK website has a facility allowing international students, from both inside and outside the EU, to search for, and gain advice on, scholarships. The following bodies ...
03/05/2016 17:44:00

Schengen visas

08/08/2016 15:12:00

Safe travel

Be aware of things to avoid to stay safe.  There are tips on staying safe at: Go Europe Lonely Planet Before you travel, make a paper copy and photograph of your passport, your stud...
25/01/2016 16:57:00

Sabbatical officers and Tier 4

Students and recent graduates who have Tier 4 immigration permission (leave) can undertake a full-time sabbatical officer post. You will need to take time out of your study or you can undertake the po...
09/08/2017 17:06:00

Road tax

You must ensure that road tax for your car is paid before you drive it. You can obtain a tax disc by applying online or collecting an application form from any Post Office. You will need your V5C reg...
03/09/2015 17:13:00

Right to rent surveys

JCWI right to rent surveys for tenants and landlords - how is the scheme working for you?
01/08/2016 10:17:00

Right of permanent residence

If you have resided lawfully for five years continuously you have acquired the ‘right of permanent residence’ in the UK, by virtue of the Citizens’ Directive (2004/38/EC). The UK's E...
18/10/2017 11:07:00

Reverse Culture Shock

Before you came to the UK, you probably expected that you would need time to get used to the language, the different foods, the weather and new ways of doing things. Many students are surprised to ...
07/03/2016 14:16:00

Restricted and prohibited items when entering the UK

When you have found all your baggage you must pass through Customs Control. Join the queue for either the green channel if you have nothing to declare, the red channel if you have goods to declare, ...
10/09/2017 23:03:00

Resettled Syrians & access to HE: positive ministerial statement

From 1 July 2017, Syrians admitted to UK under VPRS will be granted refugee status (not humanitarian protection). So no 3-year residence test for Student Support eligibility.
24/03/2017 10:11:00

Research or research tuition maximum of 6 months

If you want to come to the UK under this route, you must meet all the following requirements: You are at least 18 years of age. This will be reduced to 16 for immigration applications (...
14/12/2017 16:13:00


There are some requirements that you must meet in order to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa.    
17/07/2017 16:06:00

Reporting a change to the Home Office

We have added a table to our information about reporting a change to the Home Office to clarify which form to use.
20/02/2015 16:51:00

Report reveals strong public support for international students

New British Future and Universities UK report reveals strong public support for international students.
27/08/2014 16:20:00

Replacing a 30-day vignette

How to apply for a replacement 30-day vignette if you are not able to travel to the UK before yours expires
30/06/2015 14:03:00

Rent and other costs

When considering accommodation, you'll need to consider all the associated costs, not just the rent. Here are some issues to think about.
03/09/2015 10:28:00

Renewed support for the sector at UKCISA conference 2016

Representatives of UK universities, further education, student’s unions, pathway colleges and schools gathered for our conference.
05/07/2016 15:19:00

Removal of appeal rights for Tier 4 students and their dependants

Appeal rights replaced by system of administrative review for some applicants from 20 October 2014
16/10/2014 16:19:00

Reminder: deadline for Chevening scholarships is 7 November

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
01/11/2017 15:54:00

Remaining in the UK

29/09/2016 15:40:00

Registration open for British Council free online employability course

‘How to succeed in the global workplace’ launches on 8 May
12/04/2017 10:17:00

Register with a GP

When you arrive in the UK you should register with a local doctor as soon as you can. Do not wait until you are ill. Click on the information below to find out how to do this. #Toggle1#
07/09/2016 16:40:00

Register to vote in UK elections by 18 April

As you probably know, there are a number of elections taking place in the UK this year. Find out if you're eligible to vote!
14/04/2016 15:45:00


You will have the right to apply for administrative review of the refusal. The Home Office will review its decision to see if it made a case working error. You will also have the right to apply for ad...
22/03/2017 16:38:00

Refunds and Deposits

Housing deposit If you have paid a deposit for your accommodation, see our information about accommodation deposits and speak to your landlord about how to arrange for return of the deposi...
19/11/2015 11:38:00


If you have refugee status or Exceptional Leave or Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave in the UK you can claim all welfare benefits, subject to the ‘ordinary’ rules, and you can...
03/09/2015 01:20:00

Recent report argues students undervalue study and work abroad

A recent survey commissioned by Kaplan interviewed 1000 graduates about their views on international study experiences during university.
22/09/2016 15:15:00


On most courses you will be given a book list. You will not usually be expected to buy or even read every book and journal article on the list. Items on a book list may contain: essential, basi...
02/09/2015 12:46:00

Read the latest stories from HOST

Read about some of the latest HOST visits in HOST Matters
25/10/2017 10:41:00

Questionnaire about 'right to rent' checks

If you have been affected by the new 'right to rent' immigration checks then please complete this confidential questionnaire
11/12/2014 15:46:00

Public Funds

What are ‘Public funds’? Public funds’ refers to a specific list in the Immigration Rules of benefits and other payments as listed below. If you have the immigration conditi...
03/12/2015 12:47:00

Protecting your Tier 4 status

This section is for anyone who has, or who is applying for, Tier 4 immigration permission. Your Tier 4 permission can be in the form of: an entry clearance vignette/sticker, which you applied f...
23/10/2017 09:13:00

Prospective international undergraduates: some useful tips about your personal statement

UCAS has published a list of the top 10 opening lines used in personal statements & suggested avoiding them to make your statement stand out
26/04/2016 10:42:00

Professional sportsperson

Under Tier 4, you cannot work as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach. You might need to decide whether your sports activities are professional or amateur. The Immigration Rules pr...
05/04/2017 17:02:00

Problems for Chinese students submitting applications to ATAS

Contact ATAS if you applied from a Chinese server and are waiting for a reply
24/02/2017 16:51:00

Privately rented housing

If your institution does not offer housing, or if you want to look at alternatives, there are a range of options.  
08/06/2017 15:34:00

Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement If you register with us as a student user, we ask you to provide us with your name and email address to allow us to generate a login for you. We will hold the data securely, i...
23/09/2016 10:53:00

'Print and send' applications

Why you should use the new online 'Print and send' application forms if you are applying for a Tier 4 visa from within the UK.
05/04/2013 12:35:00

Preparing your application

If you want to come to the UK to study, you need to apply to the UK immigration authorities under Tier 4 of the Points Based System (PBS). You must meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules which...
18/07/2017 10:43:00

Preparing to return home

Read our guide for international students preparing to return home after studying in the UK.
11/06/2015 12:38:00

Preparing for your arrival to the UK

Preparing for your arrival to the UK can seem particularly overwhelming. You may have lots of questions; what do I need to bring? How do I arrange my travel? What paperwork do I need to have? Read our...
10/09/2017 23:00:00

Prepare for success

You can find useful information about study in the UK on our webpages.  Find out the difference between a lecture, a seminar and a tutorial, different methods of assessment and tips on study...
21/01/2016 12:03:00

Postgraduate Loans in England

New 2016/17 source of PG funding for study in UK. UKCISA waiting for full eligibility criteria details.
23/03/2016 16:16:00

Post EU referendum

The UK held a referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether it will remain in the European Union. The result of the referendum was that 51.9% of those who voted chose to leave the EU. Curren...
13/09/2016 11:48:00

Police registration: London office relocation

London's OVRO will be at new premises from 1 September 2014.
26/08/2014 11:56:00

Police Registration for students in London - new procedures

Students in London registering with the police must first complete and download a free from OVRO
10/09/2015 12:07:00


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