You will need a letter from the University of Birmingham called a 'Short-term Study Visa letter', you will need to request this from the University Admissions department.
When to apply
The earliest you can submit your application is 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. Remember that the visa will expire 6 months after the date the visa is granted to study a short course (or after 11 months if studying an English language course). Check the guide to processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you are applying from.
How to apply
If you are a non-visa national then it is not compulsory for you to apply for entry clearance before you travel, if you wish to come to the UK as a short-term student for up to 6 months. If you choose not to apply for entry clearance then you can apply to enter the UK as a short-term student on arrival at the port of entry. You will need to produce all the documents to support your application to enter the UK when you arrive, this includes evidence of your offer of study (short-term study visa letter) and finances. It is important that you ask to be admitted as a student visitor (rather than a general visitor) and request that the stamp you receive in your passport indicates that you are here as a short-term study visitor. Please note that non-visa nationals should not travel to the UK via Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey without having applied for their visa before travelling. This is because if you arrive in the UK from elsewhere in the Common Travel Area, including Ireland you will not have the opportunity to go through UK immigration control and you will not be issued with the correct stamp in your passport to permit study in the UK.
If you are a visa national you must apply for a short-term study visa from outside of the UK by completing an online application form, with the exception of students residing in Cuba or North Korea who will apply in person. In most cases you will also be required to pay the visa fee online. The current fee for applications made outside of the UK is £93 for short-term student visas up to 6 months.
Biometric Residence Permits
If you have apply for a Short-term Study Visa to study an English language course for up to 11 months, you should enter the University of Birmingham Alternative Collection Location Code as part of your visa application in order to have your BRP card delivered to the University campus. Please read the instructions on how to have your BRP card sent to the University of Birmingham.
You should then book an appointment at a visa application centre, which may be in a different country. When you attend your appointment you need to take your printed application along with all the required supporting documents for your visa.
Documents that you must provide:
- Your current passport as well as any previous passports you have used to travel to the UK
- 1 passport sized colour photograph with your name written on the reverse (see requirements)
- Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months. This should include evidence of money to pay for: course fees, accommodation, daily subsistence (meals, etc), onward or return flights.
If your course leads to a qualification at Master's or doctorate level, or a postgraduate qualification abroad you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate. This will affect you if you are on a relevant course and come to the UK using this route to undertake a course, research or research tuition, an elective, a viva, a re-sit exam, a re-take module or part of a course under the distance-learning provision. You should obtain this ATAS certificate before you make your immigration application (at the UK border or as entry clearance), as the Home Office guidance says you will need to provide the certificate with your application. Therefore, you will need to apply for the ATAS clearance as early as possible.
- A ‘Short-term study Visa letter’ from the University of Birmingham which can be requested from the University's Admissions Department. If you want to do research or research tuition, you will have to provide evidence that you meet all the requirements.
- Translations of any documents that are not in English.
Please see the UKCISA short-term study visa web page for detailed information on how to apply and the documents needed.