Short Term Study Visa
The short-term study immigration route allows non-EEA nationals to come to the UK to undertake a short period of study where the duration is less than six months or a part-time course where attendance in Cambridge is only required for short periods.
Do not assume that you can study without a visa, even if you are allowed to visit the UK as a tourist. An immigration status as a standard visitor / tourist does not permit the holder to enter the UK for the purpose of study.
You will need a letter to support entry to the UK as a short-term student. Letter of Acceptance to Studies.
Restrictions of the short-term study visa
- You cannot take employment in the UK (including part-time or full-time vacation employment);
- You cannot undertake a work placement/internship (paid/unpaid) as part of the course of study;
- You cannot work on a self-employed basis in the UK or be involved in business activities;
- You must leave the UK within 30 days after the end of your study period or before your leave expires, whichever is earlier;
- You cannot extend your stay in the UK;
- You must demonstrate you have the funds to support yourself during your studies in the UK.
This route is for people who need to finalize their arrangements for their Tier 4 course of study in the UK. You can visit the UK as a prospective student if you intend to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system but you have not completed all the arrangements for your course of study. For example, you can come here as a prospective student if you have been provisionally accepted on a course, with final acceptance dependent on an interview.