Visas and immigration
Everything you need to know about visas and immigration as a prospective or current international student at University of Gloucestershire.
Advice before you travel
Advice is available on Student route visas (formerly Tier 4), Student Visitor visas, General Visitor visa, registering with the police, working during your studies, working after your studies and reporting changes of circumstances to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
If you can’t find the information you need below, contact us directly for help with your query.
INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CENTRES
If you are an international student subject to immigration control, the university may be required to check your immigration documents prior to permitting your enrolment – these checks will be conducted at one of our International Welcome Centres. This page provides information on our International Welcome Centres, including dates for these events and the support available.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) operates a points-based immigration system, commonly referred to as ‘PBS’. This system has a number of distinct visa categories, and the route for students is appropriately named the Student route.
Students studying courses of more than six months (or Pre-sessional courses) should apply for a visa under the Student route.
Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide to completing the online Student route application.
For periods of study or research lasting up to six months, it is now possible to study on a Standard Visitor visa.
The category of Standard Visitor will also be appropriate for students returning to the UK to attend graduation and for family members and friends who wish to visit a student while they are in the UK.
The UK Government has introduced a new Graduate route, to allow for students to live and work in the UK after completing their studies. This route will open for applications on 1 July 2021.