If you are a visa national, you need to apply for a Standard visitor visa before you travel to the UK. You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel.
You can find out if you are from a Visa National country by checking the Home Office website.
If you are a visa national, you need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa before you travel to the UK. You will need to provide:
- Formal documents to show that you have been accepted on a short course or resitting your exam at City, University of London and have enough money to pay your tuition fees and living costs during your stay
- An original confirmation letter from your School Office (or the Study Abroad team) which confirms your course/exam dates and tuition fees should be acceptable evidence.
Documents required (when you apply as a Visa National)
Documents required for making a Standard Visitor Visa application, (make sure your documents are translated into English):
- Apply via the Home Office’s online application form Application fee: from £95 in local currency
- A supporting letter from your course office or the Study Abroad Office. This will detail what you are coming to study and the dates of that study
- Evidence that you have sufficient funds for your proposed visit (e.g. at least 6 months' bank statements and/or payslips). If your parents are funding your visit, you will need to provide proof of their finances and their relationship to you. The form asks you to specify where your funds are coming from and if you are being funded by another person or an organisation (such as an employer) it requires you to explain why they are funding you
- Evidence of suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel reservations or a copy of your tenancy agreement if you are renting privately)
- If possible, evidence you intend to leave the UK at the end of your stay, for example a flight booking or, if you are a Study Abroad student, a letter from your home institution to show you will be returning to a course there. If you are already working back home and are just coming over for a final resit we would recommend you get a letter from your employer confirming they are giving you time off for it and when you are expected to return
- An ATAS certificate: students studying on certain science-based courses at Masters level and above will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. You can find out more about applying for ATAS and which courses require it, on our Student Visa pages. You must obtain this before you apply for your visa. Further guidance can be found on the ATAS website
- Please see the list of supporting documents on the Home Office website
- Find out more on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).