Tier 4 applicants can expect to be invited to attend an interview as part of the application process. All students applying outside of the UK will be emailed with details about attending an interview, so please make sure you check your email account regularly, including the ‘junk’ folder. Students applying in the UK will be posted a letter if an interview is required.
Interviews are via video call, similar to Skype, with a UKVI officer based in Sheffield in the UK and last approximately 20 minutes. The interview is to establish if you are a genuine student and to test your English language ability. You will be asked questions about your course and why you want to study in the UK and specifically at the University of Derby.
The report of the interview will be sent to the officer who will make the decision on your application. Typical questions may include:
Why did you choose to study at the University of Derby?
What is it about Derby or the UK that makes you want to study here? What made you choose the UK over your home country or another English-speaking country? You may also be asked why you are studying in the UK in relation to the costs involved. The UK can be very expensive compared to other countries.
Why did you choose your course?
Similar to the previous question, why have you chosen this particular course? Think about how the course will benefit your future career prospects and aspirations. You may be asked questions about the structure of the course and the names of modules you will be taking. Make sure you are familiar with the course by looking at course information on our website.
How does the course fit in to your career plans?
What are your plans after you complete your course? How will you use your new qualification, as well as the skills and knowledge you have acquired, to aid you in the work you hope to do.
Do you plan to work in the UK?
You need to make it clear that you understand that your primary reason for coming to the UK is for your studies. If you do plan on working, explain how this will benefit you and your studies. You should also demonstrate an understanding of the limitations there are for work for Tier 4 students. If you are coming on a part-time Tier 4 visa, demonstrate the knowledge that you know you cannot work at all with this visa type.
The interviewer will also be checking your English language ability, so if you cannot hear them clearly make sure you make this known to them.