As of the 1 December 2020 the rules for visas for short-term study have changed. Short-term Study visas are now only for students taking an English language programme of between 6-11 months. Anyone else needing to study for 6 months or less in the UK will now be able to do so on a Standard Visitor visa

This includes the following:

  • Students taking a programme of study of 6 months or less
  • Students taking electives
  • Study Abroad students
  • Undertaking a period of research
  • Retaking modules and resitting exams
  • Distance learning
  • Taking a viva

We will be providing updated guidance shortly but in the meantime please see the UKCISA guidance for further information. Additionally, If you have concerns or need advice, please get in contact with the Visa & International Advice team.
Important to know: Please note this only applies to students needing a new visa after 1 December. Those who are currently on a Short-term Study visa obtained before 1 December will be able to continue normally under the same conditions and do not need to apply for a new visa.