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​Course structures and requirements​​

Restrictions on programmes

There are certain programmes which the university cannot offer to students who need a Tier 4 visa. This is due to requirements and restrictions set by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). These regulations also mean that there are certain programmes for which applicants may not be able to obtain a visa.

These include programmes where:

  • the mode of attendance is part time or distance learning

  • the placement element constitutes more than 50% of the total programme duration

  • the structure makes it impossible for the University to fulfil its sponsor duties such as monitoring and reporting students

New programmes or changes to existing programmes

If you are making any changes to programmes you must check them with the Head of Visa and International Support who will be able to advise regarding the Tier 4 requirements. Any changes to placements, which make it difficult for the University to meet its monitoring requirements, need to be considered, as changes could mean that the University is not able to sponsor Tier 4 students on a particular programme.

If a student changes their studies

It is very important that students receive appropriate advice before they make any changes to their studies. Changing their course could impact on their visa and future studies.

Please refer students to the Visa and International Support Team and our advice on changing their studies.

Visas for visiting or exchange students and visiting scholars

Most visiting students or scholars will be able to obtain a Short-term study visa if they are coming to Edinburgh Napier University for six months or less. Those who are coming here for longer periods or in certain other specific circumstances will need to obtain a Tier 4 visa.