Who can apply for the Standard Visitor Visa?
The Standard Visitor Visa is likely to be the most appropriate visa option if you are currently outside of the UK and wish to study one of the following in the UK:
- A course of up to 6 months (including short periods of study, e.g. attending a weekend course or exam)
- A medical elective period in the UK of up to 6 months that is linked to a medical, veterinary medicine, dental or scientific degree-level course at an overseas Higher Education Provider (HEP)
- A Study abroad programme of up to 6 months which is part of a programme you are currently studying at an overseas institution.
- A period of research or receiving research tuition of up to 6 months, which will be used towards a qualification at degree level or above that you are currently studying at an overseas institution.
How do I apply for the visa?
The process for applying for a visa to come to the UK depends on whether you are a visa national or non-visa national. To find out whether you are a visa national or non-visa national, please refer to the Visa national list of the UKVI’s Immigration Rules Appendix Visitors.
If your country of nationality is not listed, then you are a non-visa national.
If you are a Visa National
You will need to apply online before travelling to the UK. You can apply in any country apart from the UK. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
If you are a Non-visa National
We would advise non-visa nationals to keep evidence of entry and exit dates (e.g. flight tickets) in case you need this information in the future.
You can find further guidance on applying for the visitor visa on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) webpages.
What documents will I need to provide during my application?
During your application, you will need to prepare the following original documents:
- Current passport
- Visa support letter issued by King’s College London
- Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK. There are no specific requirements for how much this will be, but you will need to calculate tuition fees, accommodation, travel and living expenses (we would recommend showing at least £1334 per month living expenses) for the duration of your stay.
For further guidance on the supporting documents you'll need, please visit the UKVI's Visiting the UK: guide to supporting documents webpage.
Do I need to apply for ATAS?
- You cannot work in the UK (paid or unpaid), including work placements as part of your course
- You cannot undertake any business activity in the UK
- Any spouse/children cannot be sponsored as your dependent(s). They will have to apply for their own visitor visa(s).
- Live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits
- You cannot claim any public funds in the UK
- Study a course that is longer than 6 months
- You cannot access the National Health Service for free.
- You cannot extend your visa or switch to another visa category in the UK.
Do I need to buy Health Insurance?
If you are coming to the UK on a visa that is for less than 6 months and you did not pay the Immigration Health Surcharge this means that you will not be able to use the National Health Service for free. We strongly recommend that you buy health insurance to cover you during your stay.
I need further support
For further information on the international support you can access at King's, please read our article International student advice & support.