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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.


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.

Student Route

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.

Key information

Application guide

Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide to completing the online Student route application.

Standard Visitor

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.

Key information

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Applying for a Standard Visitor visa to study















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Applying for a Standard Visitor visa to study – FAQs















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Applying for a Standard Visitor visa to attend graduation















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Inviting family members and friends to visit














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Example letter of invitation






















Graduate route

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.

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Graduate route visa






















Code of Practice

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Visa Advice Service’s Code of Practice























You can get in touch with the Immigration team using the options below​.​


+44 (0) 1242 714844

Lines open Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm


We’ll get back to you as soon as we can within office hours