If you are from outside the UK, over the age of 16 and coming to study for more than 6 months, you will usually need a Student visa to study here.
NEW STUDENTS from EU/EEA & Swiss nationals: you need to apply for a visa, if you plan to study in the UK for longer than 6 months.
NEW STUDENTS with Settled/Pre-settled status: you don't need a visa to study here.
NEW STUDENTS coming for less than 6 months: for new students on an exchange or mobility programme, such as Erasmus+, please visit our page for incoming students.
CURRENT STUDENTS from EU/EEA & Swiss nationals: find out more on the visa page for current students.
You can check if you need a visa on the UK government website.
To apply for a Student visa, you need to be able to score 70 points. You need to meet all the requirements, because points are non-tradeable. Find out how the points are awarded below.
|Points type||Requirements to be met||Number of points|
|Financial||Evidence of funds for tuition fees and living expenses for one academic year. This is up to 9 months living expenses.||10|
|English language||Evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to CEFR level B2 (submitted to UK education provider - e.g. Abertay).||10|
The application process for Entry Clearance to study in the UK.
|Step||Find out more|
|1. Your course||Check that the course you are applying for is at an accepted level for the UK Government.|
|2. Financial requirement||You will need enough money to cover your tuition fees and monthly living expenses for one academic year, up to 9 months' living expenses. Work out how much money you will require and how to calculate it via the UK Government Student visa money page.|
|3. Apply to Abertay||Apply for your chosen course and fulfil all offer conditions to obtain your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).|
|4. Documents for application||You need to provide:
|5. Apply online||Complete your visa application online and submit it with payment and supporting documents. You will also need to prove your identity and will be told what you need to do when you apply. This will be one of the following, depending on your type of passport/travel documentation:
Visit the UK government webpages for the full details about the Student visa for studying in the UK.
Please read our overseas pre-arrival guide for all the information you need before you arrive in Dundee.
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From outside the UK: the earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
From inside the UK: the earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before your course starts. You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.
You will only be able to apply for a visa once you have received your CAS.
Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid. If the Tier 4 visa is valid until the end of your expected studies, then you do not need to apply for a Student visa. The conditions of your Tier 4 student visa will remain.
As part of the visa application process you need to provide:
Your visa application will not be processed until you have provided the necessary biometric information.
Your biometric information will be taken at your nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). If your country does not have a VAC, then you can have your biometrics taken at your local British mission.
Your fingerprints or finger scans will be taken electronically, which means no ink, liquid or chemicals are used. You will also have your digital photographs taken at the same time. The whole process should take no more than 5 minutes.
The two most important costs are your tuition fees and living expenses. In order to qualify for the student visa you must be able to show that you have enough funds to pay for your first year of course fees PLUS £9,207 for living expenses.
Please make sure you have sufficient funds for both without the need to find employment in the UK or having to access public funds.
This is calculated as £1,023 for each month of your degree course, up to a maximum of £9,207 for a degree lasting nine months or more.
Tuition fee costs are in the Money, Fees and Funding section.
International students can apply for the 'Graduate Visa route'. This gives you the option to remain in the UK to work, or look for work, for two years after graduation. That limit is three years for doctoral students.
The Graduate route is a different visa from the Tier 4 or Student visa, and you must apply separately from inside the UK to be eligible.
This means you can work flexibly, and switch jobs if needed. You don’t need a job offer to be eligible, and there is no minimum salary requirement.
Find out more about the UK Government Graduate Visa Route.