Do I need a visa?
If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not need a visa to study. The countries in the EEA are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
If you are a national of a country not listed above, you will generally need to apply for a visa to study.
Use the UK Visas and immigration online tool to check if you need a UK visa https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
What visa do I need?
The type of visa you will require to study will depend on your course and future plans.
Short-term study visa - You may be able to apply for this visa if you are coming to the UK to study a course that is 6 months or less in duration, or if you are 18 or over, on an English language course for up to a maximum of 11 months. You cannot apply to extend or switch this visa from within the UK.
Tier 4 (General) student visa - If you are coming to the UK to study for longer than 6 months, then you will require this visa. Some students can apply to extend or switch this visa from within the UK.
Other – If you already hold a visa not listed above for the UK, please contact the International Student Advisory Team to check if your current visa permits study.