Visa Information

This page is for new students preparing to apply for a Student visa.

If you are a current student, please check our visa information for current students.

Visa Information for New Students

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.

Student Visa Requirements

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 typeRequirements to be metNumber of points
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Course
  • Approved Qualification
  • Level of Study
  • Place of Study
FinancialEvidence of funds for tuition fees and living expenses for one academic year. This is up to 9 months living expenses.10
English languageEvidence of English language proficiency equivalent to CEFR level B2 (submitted to UK education provider - e.g. Abertay).10


Visa Application Process

The application process for Entry Clearance to study in the UK.

StepFind out more
1. Your courseCheck that the course you are applying for is at an accepted level for the UK Government
2. Financial requirementYou 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 AbertayApply for your chosen course and fulfil all offer conditions to obtain your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
4. Documents for applicationYou need to provide:
  • Current passport or other valid travel documentation.
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your course provider.
You may also need to supply other documents. Check what you’ll need to provide when applying for your Student visa. 
5. Apply onlineComplete 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:
  • Give your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) at a visa application centre.
  • Use the 'UK Immigration: ID Check' app to scan your identity document.

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.

July 2021 – New Graduate Route

From 1 July 2021 international students can apply for the 'Graduate Visa route'. This is if you want 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 Government Graduate Visa Route.

Coronavirus updates

If you are unable to travel to the UK due to the COVID pandemic, UKVI have concessions recognising the disruption to international travel. To apply via the Graduate route, applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 now have until 21 June 2021 to apply (updated from 6 April 2021).

Visa FAQs

For more information and advice, please contact

When can I apply for a Student visa?

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.

I already have a Tier 4 student visa. Do I need to reapply for the Student visa?

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.

How and where do I get my biometrics information taken?

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.

What are some of the conditions for biometrics?

  • No decoration (Henna, for example).
  • No cuts, bruises or other markings on your fingertips before your finger scans are taken.
  • Any cuts or bruises to the face must have healed or disappeared prior to having your photograph taken.
  • Digital photographs must be of your full face, no sunglasses, hats or any other head covering can be worn (unless you wear it for cultural or religious reasons but the face must not be covered).

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