UK Student Visa: A Comprehensive Guide to Study in UK

Meridean Overseas
Meridean Overseas

Updated On 27 October 2022 & Read Time 5 minutes



For a long time, the UK has been considered the best destination for international students to pursue higher education. More than 150 universities accept international students' applications. Every year more than 6, 00,000 international students move to study in UK. It is a potpourri of various cultures. Also, UK Universities offer a root to enter the best global careers.

Apart from this, the wide variety of courses and various scholarships available in Universities convinces international students to study in UK. Generally, UK Universities offer two intakes to international students, i.e., September and January. Before moving to study in UK, the students must apply for a UK Student visa.

Procedure to Apply for UK Student Visa

After the students are admitted to UK Universities, they must apply for the UK Student Visa. Timely applying for a Visa increases the chances of its approval. UK student visa processing takes approximately one month to complete. The procedure to apply for the visa is mentioned below.

STEP 1: Check the eligibility criteria for a visa

Before applying for a student visa, they must check the eligibility criteria. Students above 16 years can only apply for this visa. Also, students must check the courses they can study on this visa.

STEP 2: Prepare All the Documents

The students must prepare all the necessary documents well in advance they need to apply for the visa. To apply for the visa, students must enrol in their preferred UK University. Also, arrange enough finance required for your course and living expenses in the UK. Also, the students should attempt one of the English proficiency exams accepted by UKVI.

STEP 3: Apply Online

To apply online for the visa, students must register and create an account on the official UK Visa website. After creating an account, they must take the form's printout and sign it. The students have to book an appointment online at the visa application centre. Also, they must give their fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) at the centre.

STEP 4: Pay the Application Fee

Students must pay the visa application fee when they apply for an appointment. The students can pay the visa fee through the following ways.

  • 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: Present Yourself at the Visa Application Centre on the Appointed Date

The students must reach the visa application centre on the appointed date and with all the documents.

The students can contact UKVI if they need any changes in their application after submitting it. Also, the students can withdraw their applications by contacting UKVI. Once you get the Student visa from UKVI, don’t forget to carry your identity with you while you move to the UK.

Documents Required to Apply for UK Student Visa

Every year millions of international students apply for UK student visas. When applying for a visa, they have to provide some important documents, including the following:

  • Valid Passport

  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Letter

  • Proof of enough finance to support your studies

  • ATAS Certificate (only if the course requires it)

  • Scores of the acceptable English proficiency test

  • Tuberculosis test reports

  • Consent from the parents or legal guardians if the student is under 18

UK Student Visa Processing Time and its Fees

International students have three options for applying for a student visa:

Standard Visa

Generally, the standard student visa process takes about 1 month to complete; the application process for standard visa costs around £363.

Priority Visa

A priority visa takes about 20 to 25 days to complete. The fee to apply for the visa is approximately £500.

Super Priority Visa

The super priority visa takes the shortest time, about 5 to 7 days. The application fee for the same is around £800.


Q: Can I travel around Europe with a UK student visa?
A: No, international students cannot travel around Europe with a UK student visa. Students who wish to travel to other European countries can apply for a Schengen visa. The Schengen visa allows international students to travel to 26 countries in Europe, including Germany, Italy, Spain, and France.


Q: How to get a student visa for UK?
A: The students can easily apply for a UK student visa if they have received an offer letter from the UK University and have enough finance to support their education. The detailed process to apply for it is mentioned above.


Q: Which IELTS is required for UK student visa?
A: To apply for the UK Student Visa, IELTS Academic test score is required.


Q: Where can I travel with a UK student visa?
A: International students can only travel inside the UK through a UK student visa.


Q: Is IELTS mandatory for UK student visa?
A: To apply for a UK student visa, international students must prove their English language knowledge. It is optional to provide the IELTS score while applying for a student visa. The students can also provide the documents of other English proficiency exams like Duolingo, TOEFL, and PTE. Students can also study without IELTS in UK universities; hence, they can also show the previous MOI (Medium of instruction) to UKVI.


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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