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Visitor (Standard) Visa for study purposes

Officially part of the Appendix V Visitor Routes. Replace the Part 3 Short-Term Student Visa.


The Visitor (Standard) Visa allows the holder to study on a course that is less than 6 months. Previously studying on a course lasting less than 6 months required its own special visa, but now this has been merged into the list of permitted activities under the Visitor (Standard) Visa.


Nationals whose citizenship is on the "Non-Visa National" list do not need to apply for the Visitor (Standard) Visa. When entering the UK, you might nevertheless be asked by the the border officer for evidence demonstrating that the visitor requirements are satisfied.

How long can I stay in the UK with this visa?

How long can I stay in the UK with this visa?

You can stay up to 6 months in the UK on each individual trip on the Visitor (Standard) for study purposes Visa.

Which family members can I bring with me on this visa?

You cannot bring family members with you on the Visitor (Standard) Visa for study purposes. They will have to apply for their visas separately.

What work can I do while on this visa?

What work can I do while on this visa?

You can only undertake work and business activities explicitly permitted under the Visitor (Standard) Visa rules.

Can I settle in the UK in the future with this visa?

Can I settle in the UK in the future with this visa?

No. The Visitor (Standad) Visa for study purposes does not lead to settlement.

What fees will I need to pay for this visa?

What fees will I need to pay for this visa?

The UK government fee for the Visitor (Standard) Visa is £95. The fee is higher if you are applying for an multi-year visa for multiple visits.

Which family members can I bring with me on this visa?

Key questions answered:

Document confirming your course
Travel plans
Proof of finances

Documents needed (other documentation may also be required):