This section describes the immigration categories for people from outside Europe who want to study in the UK. It describes the requirements for each category, and explains how you can apply for a visa or permission to remain in the UK as a student.
The category you choose will depend on your age, and on the length and level of the course that you want to study.
Our quick guide describes the different categories, and can help you to choose the correct category for you.
If you think you know which category is suitable for you, select it from the list below for more information about the requirements and how to apply.
The British council has produced 2 brochures 'creating confidence - make sure that your time in the UK is safe and enjoyable'(861KB, opens in a new window) and 'Safety first - making sure your visit to the UK is safe and enjoyable' (2MB, opens in a new window) for people interested in studying in the UK.
For adults who want to come to the UK for their post-16 education.
For children aged between 4 and 17 years old on a long course of study.
For adults who want to study a short course in the UK and will not work while they are here.
For children who want to study a short course in the UK and will not work while they are here.
Visas and immigration
This section contains information about immigration categories for non-European nationals. It describes the eligibility requirements for each category, and explains how you can make an application inside or outside the UK.
If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you should read the European nationals section.
If you do not know whether you need a visa to come to the UK, or which immigration category is most suitable for you, our Do you need a visa? questionnaire will help you find the answer.
Information for tourists and others who want to come to the UK for a short stay.
Find out how you can be a student at one of the UK's academic institutions
Full details of all our immigration categories for migrants who want to work or do business here.
Find out how dependants of British citizens, people settled here and temporary migrants can join and remain with their family members in the UK.
Information for diplomats, government officials and members of governments who want to travel to or through the UK.
Your rights and responsibilities while you are here, plus information and advice on topics such as travelling abroad and transferring your visa to a new passport.
When you have been in the UK as a migrant for some time, you might be able to settle here permanently.