visa Requirements

Do I require a
visa to study at BCC?



KEY FACTS

Many international students can study in the UK for up to six months without a visa. Check the non-visa national list at www.gov.uk/check-uk-visat to see who does not need a visa to visit or study in the UK.
All international students need a visa to study for longer than six months.

EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country and you started your course in 2020, you do not need a visa. Those arriving in 2021 will only need a visa if they want to study in the UK for more than six months.

Visa Nationals

To check whether you will need a visa you should contact the nearest British Embassy or Consulate or visit up-to-date information about visa on the UK Government page at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A STANDARD VISITOR VISA?

Visa national Students need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa:

  • If they plan to study in the UK for six months or less
  • Application costs £95.00
  • You need to apply up to three months in advance

  • If you are under 18, please visit www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/if-youre-under-18 for further information and the additional requirements


    You must apply online, please visit www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa. As a part of your application, you need to book an appointment at a visa application centre, please visit www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre for more information.
    You will have your fingerprints and photograph ( known as ‘biometric information’) taken at your appointment.

Documents you must provide:
  • Passport ( you need one blank page in your passport for visa and the passport has to be valid for your whole stay in the UK
  • Certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh
  • Applicants need to show proof of their financies to cover trip, course, accommodation and living costs while in the UK
  • English Language course confirmation letter from the school or college
SHORT -TERM STUDY VISA - FOR ENGLISH COURSES BETWEEN SIX AND ELEVEN MONTHS

Students who want to study English in the UK for between six and eleven months should apply for a Short-term study visa before travel.

Short - term study visa:

  • Allows you to study English language in the UK for up to 11 months
  • Is suitable for any language level
  • Application needs to be supported with a confirmation letter from the language school and a bank statement showing sufficient money to stay in UK
  • Does not allow you to work in the UK
  • Need to apply up to three months in advance
  • Application can be submitted online at www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa

STUDENT VISAS - FOR ENGLISH COURSES LONGER THAN 11 MONTHS

Students who want to study English in the UK for more than 11 months, for courses starting in January 2021 or later, should apply for a Student visa before travel.

Long - term study visa:

  • Allows you to study English language in the UK for up to 11 months
  • Is suitable for any language level
  • Application needs to be supported with a confirmation letter from the language school and a bank statement showing sufficient money to stay in UK
  • Does not allow you to work in the UK
  • Need to apply up to three months in advance
  • Application can be submitted online at www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa