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International students in the United Kingdom (UK)

We welcome international students who are already studying in the UK and would like to continue their undergraduate or postgraduate studies at Kingston University.

We recognise a wide range of UK and international qualifications for entry onto our programmes. For entry requirements for your home country qualifications, please see your country page.

We also welcome students taking International Foundation Year courses. We have established a number of partnerships with reputable foundation institutions in the UK.

Visiting the University

Meet us at an international student fair in the UK or attend one of our open days:

We are happy to visit international schools and colleges in the UK to speak with students and staff and we can also arrange group visits to Kingston University. These can include:

  • a presentation;
  • a general campus tour; and
  • the chance to meet academic staff from relevant departments.

For more information, contact the International Office.

Visa and immigration information

Switching or extending your visa

If you are a student already in the UK and need to extend or switch your visa from the UK, you should refer to the following PDFs for the most up to date Tier 4 visa application form and policy guidance:

To help you prepare your Tier 4 visa application you can also refer to the guidelines on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website which helps to simplify and explain the immigration rules.

The International Student Advisory Centre can you advise you accordingly.

The Home Office's cap on studies

The Home Office has introduced a cap on studies of three years for below degree level and five/six years for degree level and above which will limit the time you can spend studying in the UK on a student visa. If you have previous leave that was granted for study purposes in the UK, this will be counted as part of the limit and will affect all Tier 4 visa applications made after 6 April 2012.

This means that you will be limited to a maximum of five years if you are studying at undergraduate (UG) and/or postgraduate (PG) level. Further studies in the UK must also demonstrate academic progression or be complementary to studies at the same level.

To find out more or book an appointment to meet with an adviser please contact the International Student Advisory Centre by email isac@kingston.ac.uk or alternatively call 020 8417 3645.

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