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Immigration advice for Study Abroad students

It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements of the immigration rules for students.

Type of visa Study period
Tier 4 student visa applicants More than 6 months
Student visitor visa applicants Less than 6 months

You can choose whether to come to the UK as a student visitor or a Tier 4 adult student.
Nationals of the European Economic Area including Swiss applicants You will not need a visa to study or enter the UK

For further advice:

Tier 4 student visa applicants

If you are coming to study for more than 6 months you are required to come to the UK as a Tier 4 adult student.

The immigration rules require you to prove that you can financially support yourself while studying in the UK; the required amount is £1265 per month and an academic year is of 9 months.

Note: Kingston University is considered INNER LONDON

Your ability to pay the fees for the Study Abroad programme will be part of the financial support that you have to prove.

  • International exchange students will pay fees to their home institution.
  • Students from Study Abroad partner institutions will have their fees paid for them by their home university.
  • Independent students will pay fees directly to Kingston University.

Either way, the authorities will want to know that you can pay/have paid the appropriate fees.

Visa process

Once you have been offered and have accepted your place on the Study Abroad programme you will receive confirmation of a CAS statement. This process can take up to a month due to the volume of applications. You will not need to request this through the OSIS website. The CAS number will be confirmed in an email from the European and Study Abroad Office.

Students applying for entry clearance from outside of the UK should apply no earlier than three months of the course start date (end of June). If you use your CAS earlier than this, your visa application may be refused.

Find out about applying for entry clearance as a Tier 4 adult student.

Healthcare

Under the current regulations, anyone who comes to the UK to pursue a full-time course of study of not less than six months' duration, or a course of study that is of any duration but is substantially funded by the UK Government, will be fully entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England. Please refer to the National Health Services (NHS).

Student visitor visa applicants

If you will be studying for less than six months you need to choose whether to come to the UK as a student visitor or a Tier 4 adult student. You must check whether you are considered a visa national or not as this will affect what is mandatory and what is optional for you. Student visitors are not permitted to work (whether paid, unpaid or an internship) and cannot extend their stay in the UK. 

It is not required to show proof of paying your fees before arrival. However, we recommend that you carry proof of payment with you to present to immigration on arrival in the UK if you elect to come as a student visitor.

  • International exchange students will pay fees to their home institution.
  • Students from Study Abroad partner institutions will have their fees paid for them by their home university.
  • Independent students will pay fees directly to Kingston University.

Visa process

Once you have been offered and have accepted your place on the Study Abroad programme you will receive a letter to bring with you to Customs upon your arrival confirming your place on the course.  

Healthcare

Students studying in the UK for less than six months from countries with which the UK holds bilateral healthcare agreements will only be entitled to free NHS hospital treatment that is needed promptly for a condition that arose after their arrival in the UK. Please refer to the Department of Health website.

Nationals of the European Economic Area including Swiss applicants

You will not need a visa to study or enter the UK. The immigration information above does not apply to you. Instead, you should read the information for EEA and Swiss students on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Healthcare

Students are encouraged to carry a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their home country, and will need to have this card to access free treatment if their course of study is part time or less than six months (and not substantially funded by the UK Government). The EHIC entitles them to all medically necessary treatment during their stay free of charge. Please refer to the National Health Services (NHS).

Contact us

Study Abroad International Learning (SAIL) Office

Contact the team

General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228

Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629

Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

Contact us

Study Abroad International Learning (SAIL) Office

Contact the team

General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228

Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629

Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

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