Applying for a Short-term Study visa

If you are coming to study to Aberystwyth University for a maximum of 6 months (or 11 months for English Language course students) you may choose to come on a Short-term Study Visa, you will be much more restricted than if you come on a Tier 4 student visa. You will not be allowed to do any paid or voluntary work (even if it is part of a course) and you cannot extend your stay in the UK.  

You should only apply for a Short-term Study visa, if you are certain that you will not need to extend your stay in the UK, you do not wish to work, and meet one of the following criteria: 

  • You will be studying on an English language course that is a maximum of 11 months. 
  • You are an Exchange Study Abroad student studying for less than 6 months (one semester) who will be returning home after their course finishes.
  • You are coming to the UK to resit an examination.
  • You are registered on a distance learning course and need to come to Aberystwyth University for an examination or to attend a short course of less than 6 months.
  • You are a PhD student coming to Aberystwyth University for your viva voce and to complete corrections for a maximum of 6 months.
  • You are a 'Non-Qualification' visiting student who is registered at an overseas higher education institution who is coming to Aberystwyth University for a maximum of 6 months.

Before you apply for your Short-term you should read the information and guidance on the GOV.UK pages,, and the UKCISA pages,

How to apply for a Short-term Study visa

  1. Collect all your supporting documents, please see 'Supporting documents needed for Short-term Study visa'.
  2. Complete an on-line application form available from here
  3. Select the following option: Short-term student visa
  4. Pay the Short-term Study visa fee, currently £97 for a six month visa, £186 for an 11 month visa, paid in the local currency of the country that you are applying from.
  5. Make an appointment at your nearest visa application centre
  6. Attend your appointment and submit all your supporting documents, and provide biometric data.
  7. You should receive a decision on your Short-term Study visa within three weeks from the date you submitted your application.

Supporting documents needed for a Short-term Study visa

You will need to submit the following documents when you attend your visa appointment:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • ‘Short-term Study Visa’ acceptance letter from Aberystwyth University
  • evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months (you will need evidence that you have £1,015 for every month that you will be spending in the UK, for example, if your course lasts three months, then you should have a minimum of £3,045 available to you) 
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans - you shouldn’t pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
  • it is recommended that you have evidence that you have taken travel insurance which includes cover for any medical expenses 
  • your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
  • under 18s - students under the age of 18 will need to demonstrate that they have received consent from their parent/legal guardian to travel to the UK and study at Aberystwyth University.  To meet this requirement the following documents will need to be submitted with your visa application:

Depending on the course that you will be undertaking in Aberystwyth University, you may also need to provide the following:

  • previous study, eg academic certificates, references or transcripts
  • English language qualifications, eg 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
  • ATAS Certificate (if applicable)