Check what you need to do before you can apply for a general student visa and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Step 1 Check if this visa is right for you
Step 2 Prepare the evidence you need
Step 3 Apply from outside the UK
You should get a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment. You may be able to pay more to get a decision faster.
or Apply from inside the UK
- Apply to extend if you're already in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) visa £475
- Apply to switch to this visa if you're already in the UK £475
You should get a decision within 8 weeks from when you apply. You may be able to pay more to get a decision faster.
Step 4 Attend an appointment
You'll be told when you apply if you need to bring anything to your appointment.
At your appointment you’ll have your fingerprints and photograph (‘biometric information’) taken.
You'll be told when a decision has been made about your visa.
Step 5 Check what you can bring into the UK with you
Step 6 Check what you need to show at the UK border
Step 7 After you arrive in the UK
If you applied from outside the UK, you’ll need to collect your BRP within 10 days of you arriving. Check your BRP to find out when you must leave the UK.
If you break the conditions of your visa you may not be able to return to the UK again.
You might be able to extend your visa once you're in the UK.