How to apply and visa support

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How to apply

To apply for one of our English courses, simply complete an application form. You can find application forms on individual course pages.

Admissions process

Provided you meet the entry requirements for your course – and immigration requirements – our International Admissions team will usually send you a conditional offer.

If your offer is conditional, it means that we still need some documents or payment. For example:

  • a copy of your passport
  • a copy of your English qualification
  • degree transcripts or references (if you are progressing onto an academic course)
  • course deposit
  • full course fees
  • confirmation that you would like to accept your place.

If you are interested in our Pre-sessional Course (or Pre-sessional Course at ARU College) you will need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved test centre.

Once we have your payment and documents (that meet course requirements), your offer will be made unconditional. We will then process your visa letter. We may contact you at this stage.

If you’re from a European Union or European Economic Association (EEA) country, you won’t need a visa.


Pre-sessional course

Once your offer has been made unconditional, we’ll send you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement by email. We send it by email so that we have a copy of the letter when you apply for your visa.

CAS statements will only be issued three months before the start of your course.

You’ll be offered either a joint or single CAS, (depending on whether we have received all your documents and/or the length of your course).

  • If you are issued with a joint CAS you’ll be to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to cover your English language course and your degree.
  • If you’re issued a single CAS, it will only cover your pre-sessional course. When you successfully complete your pre-sessional course, we'll issue a second CAS statement. You can then apply for a Tier 4 student visa for your degree. You’ll be able to submit your application in the UK, with the help of our International Student Advice Team.

Please note: we don’t recommend applying for a short-term study visa, as you may not have enough time to return to your country to apply for a Tier 4 visa for your degree course.

English Language and Culture course (summer or winter)

For all our general English courses, summer and bespoke programmes, if you are applying as an international student you’ll probably need to apply for a Short Term Visitor Visa.

This visa is for students who are 18 years or older and want to come to the UK:

  • for up to six months to study a short course
  • for up to 11 months to study an English course.

Applying for a visa

You can apply for a Tier 4 visa up to three months before the start of your English course, if you have your CAS statement. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay in your application.

You can apply for a Short Term Visitor via as soon as we send your visa letter. The application process may take time during certain periods.

For more information on applying for a visa, visit our immigration webpage.

Points Based Monitoring (PBS) system

As a university acting as a sponsor, we have a responsibility to monitor class attendance and report any non-attendance. If you take an English language course, you will be expected to have full attendance (or you will need to supply evidence to support your absence).

You will also need to tell us if there any changes to your course, or your personal details (including address, photo number, etc).

Extending your visa

Our International Student Advice Service can answer your questions about visas and immigration during your English course and throughout your studies at Anglia Ruskin.

If you need to extend your Tier 4 visa after completing a pre-sessional course, our team will help you with and can send the documents on your behalf.

If you are on a Short Term Visitor study visa, you’ll need to return to your home country to apply for a Tier 4 visa.