Studying with us for six months or less

If you are 18 years or older, and want to enter the UK to study for less than 6 months, the appropriate visa to apply for is the Short Term Study Visa.
The Short Term Study Visa can be used for the following purposes:
To come for up to 6 months to study a short course
To come for up to 6 months to do a ‘study abroad’ semester as part of a degree course you are doing overseas
To come for up to 6 months for a short residential programme, or period of research, as part of a university course you are doing overseas
To return to the UK for a semester to complete a retake module
To come for up to 11 months to study an English language course
(If you are coming to ARU to study an English language course lasting less than six months, but intend to continue studying with us on a degree programme the Tier 4 visa route is more appropriate for you.)

When to apply
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Application process
Apply online

Once you have submitted your online form, you’ll need to book an appointment at a visa application centre to provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photograph).
When your application has been processed successfully, you’ll receive your passport back with your Short Term Study Visa sticker inside.

Documents you must provide
When you apply you need to provide:
An official letter from ARU giving details of the study you are coming to do, including the course’s name, duration and cost
a current passport, with a blank page available for your visa
evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements for the last 6 months
details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans - you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa

You also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English.
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as evidence of your:
previous study, for example academic certificates, references or transcripts
English language qualifications, for example certificates or awards
permission to be in the country you’re applying from (if you’re not a national)
financial sponsor’s occupation, income, savings or funds that will support your studies

Non-visa nationals
Students from a small number of countries (eg. USA, Malaysia, South Korea) do not need to apply in advance for a Short Term Study Visa, but can simply arrive in the UK and request entry as a Short Term Student at the airport.

You can find out whether or not you need to apply for the visa in advance

Important: Even if you are a non-visa national, you should still have all the documents listed above in your hand luggage when you arrive in the UK.  Border Force officials may ask to see them in order to permit you entry. You should also have a return flight ticket with you, to show your intention to leave the UK at the end of your period of study.

In addition, you must not use an eGate (electronic gate) when you arrive. You must queue to speak with a Border Force officer and show them your letter from ARU. Make sure you receive a stamp in your passport showing you have entered under the Short Term Study Visa category.  

Restrictions of the Short Term Study Visa

Please note that under the Short Term Study Visa category, you cannot:
work (including on a work placement or work experience) or carry out any business
extend this visa
bring family members (‘dependants’) with you - they must apply separately
get public funds

How long you can stay
Although a Short Term Study Visa is granted for 6 months, you are expected to leave the UK within 30 days of the completion of your period of study, or before the end date of the visa, whichever is sooner.