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Short-term study visas

Short-term study visas were known as Student Visitor Visas until April 2015. 

A Short-term study visa may be appropriate for the following programmes:

  • part-time or full-time study abroad for a period of six months or less than six months
  • English language 11 month programme (11 month visa)
  • distance learners needing to attend periods of study at the Edinburgh Napier campus
  • other short programmes (e.g. study abroad or exchange)
  • students who are at the end of their programme of study and may need to complete an exam, a final module or a viva

UKCISA website gives more detail on the conditions related to students' visas.

Rules and restrictions

Students on a Short-term study visa:

  • can't work at all (paid or unpaid)
  • can't apply for the Short-term study visa while in the UK
  • can't extend the Short-term study visa
  • must return home after the Short-term study visa expires

This visa does not require sponsorship and is not attached to an institution, so there is currently no requirement to monitor these students.

The visa lasts for six months, or 11 months for English language courses only.

Visa nationals and non-visa nationals

Visa nationals and non-visa nationals both need immigration permission to be here (either Short-term study visa or Tier 4 visa).

Non-visa nationals (like US or Canadian students) need permission. They must apply in advance for a Tier 4 visa, but can obtain a Short-term study visa at port of entry. It is important to have proof of acceptance onto a course of study and finances.

Standard visitor visas

The Standard Visitor visa only allows for 30 days of study, however, this study must not be the main purpose of the visit. This can be used to return to attend graduation if a student's Tier 4 visa has expired.

Read more detailed guidance from the Home Office website

Before students arrive at the University

The process for applicants

Admissions will issue letters to support the visa application process to:

  • unconditional firm students who are starting a programme of study of less than six months, and choosing to study on a Short-term study visa
  • unconditional firm students who are starting a part-time programme

When students arrive at the University

The new applicants arrives at ENU and attends a document checking session with their original documents.