Visas and Immigration

Student visa overview

Do I need a visa?

If you are a national of a country that is not part of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland you will need to apply for permission to study in the UK.

Which visa will I need?

Tier 4 (General) – if you are coming to the UK to study a full-time course (or some part-time courses) for more than six months you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You can only study on a Tier 4 visa with an institution that is a Tier 4 Sponsor (such as the University of Derby).

Short-term Study – if you are studying a course that is less than six months in length (or an English language course that is less than 11 months long), you can apply for a Short-term Study visa.

Other visa categories

If you hold entry clearance or leave to remain in a visa category other than Tier 4 or a Short-term Study visa you may still be able to study. Please email to see if you can study with your current visa.

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