Student Visa Requirements for the UK 2024


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 09 February 2023 & Read Time 6 minutes


Do you fancy visiting the Madame Tussauds or have a view of London on the London eye? How about taking a tour of the Bukingham palace?  Well we know that as a tourist you are on a tight schedule, but imagine having all of these as part of your backyard. Wouldn’t that be fun? If you chose to study in the UK, you don’t have to just stay and explore the city in which you study and you don’t have to be studying in London. As an international student in the UK, you can travel between city to city for as low at £10. You can be studying in Newcastle or Leeds and still be able to enjoy all of the UK. That being said, you’d have to get yourself there and to get yourself to the UK, you’d have to be granted the study visa which is the only stressful part of the visa application process. Everything else is exciting!


Types of UK Student Visa

If you are planning to study in UK, there are three student visa options for which you can apply:

  • Short-term Study Visa: A short-term UK study visa is available for students who wish to take an English language course for up to 11 months.

  • Student Visa: It is a Tier 4 visa (General student visa) which is used by all international students who are planning to pursue their higher education in the UK. Generally, students who are enrolling for a full-time degree apply for this visa.

  • Child Student Visa: Children who are between the ages of 4 and 17 and want to attend an independent school in the UK are eligible for this visa. It was previously known as the Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa.

Process to Apply for UK Visa

Applying for a visa can be an overwhelming experience. Let us walk you through it.

STEP 1: Get an offer letter from the university

Without a university acceptance letter, one cannot apply for a visa.

STEP 2: Check your eligibility.

Students can apply for a visa only when they're 18 or above and wish to pursue their higher education at UK universities after completing their 12th. They must also have sufficient funds to secure them for the entirety of their studies.

STEP 3: Apply Online

On the official UK Visa website, they must register and create an account.
Once students complete their online application, don’t forget to print and sign your completed form. Use the online appointment calendar to make an appointment at the visa application facility. When you finish your online application, you will receive an email with your application number.

STEP 4: Pay the visa application fee

After making an application, students have to pay around 348 pounds as a visa application fee. There are four ways through which international students can pay their visa fees:

  • Payment at Standard Chartered Bank

  • Get a demand draft from a national or foreign bank

  • Directly pay at the visa application centre

  • Online Payment

STEP 5: Book a slot and appear for the visa interview

Students must reach the visa application centre on the appointed date and with all the documents. They can contact UKVI if they need any changes in their application after submitting it. Once you get the Student visa from UKVI, don't forget to carry your identity with you while you move to the UK.

UK Student Visa Requirements for Indian Students

The eligibility criteria to enrol for a UK study visa are mentioned below:

  • A student must have an offer letter from a licensed educational institution for a full-time program.

  • A student must show evidence of enough funds to bear the cost of studying in UK.

  • English proficiency test scores as evidence that they can speak, read, write, and understand English.

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Documents Required for UK Student Visa

While applying for a student visa of UK, international students should have the following documents ready

  • Updated Passport

  • Completed visa application form

  • Passport-size photograph

  • A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university you are enrolled in.

  • Proof of enough funds to support your education in the UK.

  • ATAS certificate (if required by your course and nationality)

  • Consent from your parent or other legal guardians (if you are under 18)

  • Tuberculosis test results

  • Receipt of visa application fee, which is 348 pounds

  • If you have received financial support for your tuition and living expenses for 12 months, you must submit a formal authorization from your sponsor for your application


Q: If a student is going just for one semester, in that case, also does he/she need a visa?
A: Yes, if a student is going for even one semester only, then also they require a student visa.

Q: How long does it take to get a UK student visa?
A: The duration to get a UK student visa depends upon the category of visa you are applying for. Generally, the standard visa takes around 1 month, the priority visa takes around 20 to 25 days, and the super priority visa takes around 5 to 7 days.

Q: What is the student visa application fee for the UK?
A: The student visa application fee for the standard category is 348 pounds; for the priority visa it is around 500 pounds, and for the super priority visa it is around 800 pounds.

Q: Is IELTS required for a UK study visa?
A: Yes, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the English language proficiency tests accepted for a UK study visa application. It is used to demonstrate that the student has sufficient knowledge of the English language to study in the UK. Other tests accepted for a UK study visa include TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and PTE (Pearson Test of English).

The students who wish to fulfil their dream of studying abroad in UK universities can contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). Our counsellors will provide you with the best guidance and support you need to take admission to UK universities and the visa process. The students can also take free online counselling through our website. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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