Who can apply?
You can apply for a short-term study visa if:
- you’re doing a short course of study in the UK
- you’re from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland
- you meet the other eligibility requirements
What you can and can’t do?
- Do a short course of study in the UK, such as an English language course or a training course
- Study at a state school
- Work or do a business
- Marry or register a civil partnership
- Come to the UK only for medical treatment
- Extend this visa
- Bring family members
- Get public funds
How long can you stay?
You can stay in the UK for:
- 6 months – for any short course including English language courses
- 11 months – a longer visa for only English language courses only
For information about fees, please visit the website (link below).
How long does it take?
It varies from country to country. But you should normally get a decision on your application within 3 weeks.
You must prove that you:
- have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study
- have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you
- can pay for your return or onward journey
If you’re under 18 you must also:
- have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK
- have permission from your parent or guardian to study in the UK
Note that you must be at least 18 years old and accepted on a course to learn English as a foreign language if you’re applying for an 11 month Short-term study visa.
How do you apply?
You must apply online for a Short-term study visa.
You can’t apply online if you’re living in North Korea.
For forms and further information on short-term study visa, please visit