Applying for a Short-term Study visa

A student's journey

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Check whether the Short-term Study visa is the right visa for you.

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Collect all your ‘Supporting documents needed for a Short-term Study visa’.

Supporting Documents 2
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Check whether you need to apply for a 'Short-term Study visa' before travelling to the UK, or whether you can apply for a 'Short-term Study stamp' at the airport.

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If your country is listed in the Appendix 2. Visa National List, or, if you are arriving via Ireland – you need to apply for your 'Short-term Study visa' before travelling to the UK, by following the instructions below:

  1. Complete an on-line application form available from https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-visa-type.
  2. Select the following option: Short-term student visa
  3. Pay the Short-term Study visa fee, currently £97 for a six month visa, paid in the local currency of the country that you are applying from.
  4. Make an appointment at your nearest visa application centre https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre.
  5. Attend your appointment, submit all your supporting documents, and provide biometric data.
  6. You should receive a decision on your Short-term Study visa within three weeks from the date you submitted your application. Do not book flights or accommodation until you have received your visa

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If your country is not listed in the Appendix 2. Visa National List – you do not need to apply for a visa before travelling, instead you need to have your passport stamped at the airport with a ‘Short-term student stamp' by following the steps below:

  1. Bring the ‘Supporting documents needed for a Short-term Study visa’ in your hand luggage.
  2. Do not use ePassport gates.
  3. Speak to a Border Force official when you go through ‘Passport Control’ and show them the ‘Request for a passport stamp’ image below (you can download this onto your mobile devices).
  4. Check that your passport has been stamped with a ‘Short-term student stamp', see example below.

Download 'Request for Short-term Study visa stamp' 5
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You will not be able to study at Aberystwyth University unless you have a ‘Short-term study visa’, or, your passport has been stamped with a ‘Short-term student stamp'.

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Contact the International Student Adviser if you have any questions or need help with applying for your visa.

Email immigrationadvice@aber.ac.uk 7