Applying as a short-term student
Produced in partnership with Helen Smith of North Star Law
Applying as a short-term student

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Helen Smith of North Star Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying as a short-term student
  • Eligibility
  • Is the short-term student category the best option?
  • Dependants
  • Application procedure
  • Duration and conditions of leave
  • Dealing with common issues on or after entry
  • Challenging refusals

The short-term student category enables students aged 16 and over to come to the UK to study for:

  1. up to six months, or

  2. up to 11 months where only English-language study is intended

The minimum age requirement for the category was originally 18, however this was reduced to 16 from 11 January 2018.

There is also a short-term student (child) category for students aged under 16 coming to study for up to six months.

This route was brought in to replace the old student visitor route in April 2015. Some differences between the two routes include:

  1. the introduction of a requirement not to intend to study for extended periods in the UK through frequent or successive periods as a short-term student

  2. explicit mention of refusal on general grounds in the new short-term student rules

  3. incorporation into the Rules of the previous concession that allowed students of English language to study for up to 11 months—this concession previously existed outside the Immigration Rules to provide for those who wanted to study English as a foreign language at below level B2 of the Common European Framework of Languages. It was necessary because only English-language courses at level B2 or above can be studied under Tier 4 (General) of the Points-Based System

Short-term students must obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if they are undertaking study