Do I need a visa?
Depending on your nationality and your period
of study, you may need a visa to study in the UK. You will not
require one if you are a European Economic Area (EEA)
national. However, non-EEA nationals wishing to study here
will need to have a relevant visa allowing them to study.
There are different types of visas that may
allow you to study, including a Tier 4 (General) visa and a Short
Term Study Visa. Please visit this link to find out whether
you need a visa to study in the UK and which type you require.
If you have another UK visa (for example a
student dependant or spouse visa), you may be allowed to study with
contact us to check whether you can study at the University on
your current visa.
Tier 4 student
Tier 4 General Visa
If you are a non-EEA national wishing
to study full-time at the University of Hull for more than 6
months, it is most likely that you will need to apply for a Tier 4
(General) visa from your home country (or from your country of
If your current Tier 4 visa expires
before the end of your current programme, you may be able to extend
your stay in the UK. Please
contact us to check whether you can apply inside the UK. If you
are allowed by the UKVI to apply in the UK, please
click here for
If you completed a programme on a Tier
4 visa and would like to start a new course, you can only make your
next visa application in the UK if you meet relevant academic and
immigration requirements and if your new programme of study starts
within 28 days of your visa expiry date. If the gap between your
current visa expiry date and the start of your new programme is
longer than 28 days, you are required to leave the UK before your
visa expires and apply for your next Tier 4 visa from your home
country or your country of residence.
If you are a non-EEA national and your
main reason for coming or staying in the UK is full-time study at
the University of Hull, you should be applying for a Tier 4
(General) visa. At present, the University of Hull does NOT support
Tier 4 (Child) visa applications.
To qualify for a Tier 4 (General)
visa, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be aged 16 years or older.
- Have an unconditional offer to study on one of our full-time
programmes (or need more time to complete your existing
- Have enough money to pay your course fees and maintain yourself
during your studies in the UK.
- Meet other relevant UKVI requirements.
It is very important that you check
Tier 4 guidance and start your visa application well in
advance to ensure that you have sufficient time to prepare relevant
Please check our Visa Application Process Section for more
information on how to apply and what documents to prepare.
Tier 4 (Dependant) visa
Whether or not you can bring your family to join you in the UK
while you study with us, depends on where you are from, what visa
you have, what type of course you are studying and whether or not
you are a government sponsored student.
Who is your dependant?
According to the UKVI, the following family members are
considered as your dependants:
Partners (aged 18 or over):
- Your husband, wife or civil partner.
- Unmarried or same-sex partner, who you have been living with in
a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership for at
least two years.
You must intend to live in the UK together. Your partner must
also meet strict financial and other requirements and must not
intend to stay in the UK longer than yourself.
- Your children must be under 18 (unless they are already in the
UK on a dependant visa and meet other requirements).
- They are dependant on you.
- Both parents intend to be in the UK, unless you have a sole
parental responsibility for your children or there are exceptional
circumstances for them to be in the UK with you and you have made
suitable arrangements for your children’s care. In this case,
it is very important to include evidence in support of
- Your children must not intend to stay in the UK longer than
- They must meet current financial requirements.
Length and type of the course
If you have or are applying for a Tier 4 visa, your dependants
should be able to join you in the UK if you are:
- Studying or coming to study a post graduate programme that is
at least 12 months long at the University of Hull;
- A government sponsored student on a programme of study that is
longer than 6 months; OR
- A Tier 4 DES (Doctorate Extension Scheme) student.
For further information on the requirements and how to apply,
please check the guidance from
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs),
contact us for further information.
If you have a non-Tier 4 visa and would like to know whether your
family members can join you in the UK, please
contact us and/or check further information on
Short-Term Study Visa
The Short-term study visa is suitable for students who are
outside the UK, 18 years or older and would like to enter into the
- For up to 6 months to study a short course.
- For up to 11 months to study an English language
- For a short period of research that is part of your programme
(up to 6 months) if you are studying overseas (at the level
equivalent to at least UK bachelor’s
- If you need to return to the UK to re-sit your exams or to
undertake your viva and/or corrections for up to 6
- If you are enrolled on a distance learning programme and
occasionally need to visit University for less than 6 months
to attend a module, to meet academic staff, etc.
If you are a non-visa national intending to study in the UK for
up to 6 months, you may decide to obtain your Short-Term Study visa
upon entry to the UK. Please follow this link to check whether
or not you are a non-visa national. However, you may decide to
obtain your Short-Term Study Visa prior to arrival in the UK due to
the following restrictions.
Short-term study visa conditions and restrictions
- If you apply for your Short-Term Study visa before you
travel to the UK, your visa will be in a form of a sticker
(vignette) in your passport. It will be a multi-entry
visa valid for 6 months.
- If you are a non-visa national and apply for your Short-Term
Study visa upon entry to the UK, your permission
to entry will be in the form of a stamp in your passport. This is a
single-entry visa. This means
that if you decide to leave UK briefly during your studies (for
example: a weekend trip to Europe), you will need to apply for a
short-term study visa when your return to the UK.
- UK Re-Entry: Please remember to carry in your
hand luggage all the documents relating to your student status
(student status letter, visa invitation letter, financial evidence,
any other relevant documents).
- Other Conditions: the UKVI expects you
to leave UK as soon as practical following the end of your
programme (as per your visa letter). You will not be allowed to
work or undertake a work placement during your period of stay. It
is also not possible to extend or change into another visa while in
the UK or to bring your family here as your dependants.
Documents in support of your short-term study visa
It is important to check current guidance and to prepare all the
relevant documents before submitting your visa application:
- Short-term study visa letter issued by the University of Hull
once your study period/acceptance have been confirmed.
- Financial evidence to show that you have sufficient funds for
your intended period of stay in the UK.
- Your current passport and one passport size photograph that
meets UKVI requirements.
- Other relevant evidence including details of your travel plans
and your intended stay in the UK.
- Depending on where you are from and how long you intend to stay
in the UK, you may also need to provide your Tuberculosis test
Please follow this link
for more information on how to apply and what documents to
Travelling to the UK
When you travel to the UK, it is advisable to carry all of the
documents that you used to make your visa application in your hand
luggage. You may be interviewed by the Immigration Officer upon
arrival in the UK and may need to provide evidence to confirm your
purpose of travel and intended stay in the UK.
IMPORTANT NOTICE for non-visa nationals applying for
Short-Term Study visa upon entry to the UK:
- Please prepare all the necessary supporting documents as above
and carry these in your hand luggage.
- Please declare your intention to study in the UK for less than
6 months and ask for a Short-term study visa. You will need to show
a letter from the University and other relevant evidence in support
of this. You may be interviewed if necessary.
- Please check your stamp before leaving the Border Control to
ensure that you are admitted as a short-term student (NOT a general
visitor). If the stamp does not indicate you are here as a
short-term student, speak to a Border Control Officer immediately
and ask for it to be corrected on the basis of your Short-term
study letter. Otherwise you will not have permission to study in
the UK, which means that you will not be able to register onto your
programme at the University.
- Please avoid travelling to the UK through the Republic of
Ireland, Jersey or Guernsey. These airports DO NOT issue the visa
stamps and as such you will not be able to prove that you are in
the UK as a short-term student. If you do travel through these
airports, you must find an Immigration Officer to ensure that your
passport is stamped and states ‘Visit: Student’ or ‘Short-Term
Study/Student’. Without this stamp, you will not be able to
register at the University of Hull and will have to travel out of
the UK and return through another airport. This will lead to
further expense and delay in starting your programme.
Please check the UKVI and the
UKCISA websites or
contact us for further information.
Inviting family or friends to visit
you in the UK
If you would like your family and/or
friends to visit you in the UK during your studies or to attend
your graduation ceremony here, please check whether they need
to apply for an entry clearance (visa) with the British Embassy or
High Commission in their home country before travelling. If they
are visa nationals, they will probably need to apply for a Standard
Visitors visa before they come here. More information can be found
on the UKVI (UK Visas & Immigration) website.
Documents that you may need to
provide in support of your family's visa application:
You may need to provide some or all of
the following documents in support of your family/friends’ visa
- An invitation letter
from yourself stating when you would like them to visit (including
the length of their stay), the reasons for their visit, and the
address of where they intend to stay during their time here. Please
see our ‘Sample
Invitation letter’ if you need more
- A Certificate of Status or
Student Status letter from the University confirming that you
are a registered full-time student at the University of Hull. This
is available from the AskHU team, 2nd
floor, Student Central.
- A copy of your current
passport (personal details page) and a copy of
your current UK visa (BRP card or the passport page with
the visa vignette).
- If your family/friend is attending
your graduation ceremony, you should also enclose a copy of your
Graduation Ceremony invitation which can be requested from the
- If you are acting as a financial
sponsor of your family and/or friend, you will need to provide
evidence of finance such as bank statements, to show you have
sufficient funds to support your family and/or friends during their
stay in the UK.
If your family/friends are successful
with their Standard Visitor visa applications, they should be
allowed to stay in the UK for up to a maximum of six months. Please
note that it is not possible to extend a Visitor visa or to apply
to change it to another visa category in the UK.
If you have already returned to your
home country after completing your course successfully, you may
need to apply for a Standard Visitors
visa in order to return to the UK for your graduation ceremony.