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Short Course Visas
The following two visas are for students who want to do a short course, or an English language course of up to 11 months:
- Child visitor visa: For students of 17 years old or less who wish to study in the UK for up to 6 months.
- Student visitor visa: For students of 18 years old or more who wish to study in the UK for up to 6 months. English language course students can apply for an extended student visitor visa to stay for up to 11 months.
Long Course Visas
The course must be at a school, college or university on the register of licensed sponsors. Download an up to date PDF with the complete list of 1400+ sponsors here.
- Tier 4 (Child) student visa: For pupils/students aged between 4 and 17 years old. If you are between 4 and 15 years old, you must attend a private fee-paying school.
- Tier 4 (General) student visa: For students aged 16 or older who are eligible. For details of eligibility click here.
The information on this page is for general introduction purposes. Please refer to the official UK Visas and Immigration website for detailed and authoritative information.