The Home Office has conducted research into the student visitors route which allows people to visit the UK for up to 6 months to undertake a short course of study. The research investigates who is using this growing short-term study route, and if they are using it as intended by analysing samples of non visa nationals, successful applicants for a student visit visa and unsuccessful applicants for a student visit visa.
There was no evidence found to suggest abuse of the route. The majority of students are studying at institutions approved by the Home Office and stay in the UK for less than three months. This research will now be used to inform policy decisions taken on the route.