Do I need a visa?
Whether or not you require a visa to come to the UK to undertake a course of study at the University of St Andrews will depend upon your nationality and the duration of the course you intend to study.
Advice, information and support for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals coming to the UK can be found on the University's Brexit advice pages.
The type of visa you need depends on how long your study period is:
- If you are studying for six months or less, you should apply for a short-term study visa.
- If you are studying for more than six months, you should apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Short-term study visa
The short-term study visa is only suitable for:
- a Study Abroad programme
- junior semester abroad
- English language course under B2 level
- PhD student wishing to enter for viva.
This visa prohibits you from:
- working (paid or unpaid)
- extending your visa in any category from within the UK
- bringing your dependants.
Students from certain countries may be able to apply for this visa at immigration control once they arrive in the UK. Find out if you need a visa before you arrive.
On entry to the UK please do not use e-gates if you are on a short term study visa.
This advice also applies for international students from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who are coming to study in the UK for less than six months. You will still need to see an officer and get a stamp in your passport unless you have applied for entry clearance before travel.
Tier 4 (General) student visa
The Tier 4 visa is the only option for junior year abroad, undergraduate, and postgraduate students intending to study for:
- a full degree
- year-long exchange
- English language course at B2 level or above, or for more than six months in duration
- an International Foundation programme.
Find out more information for Tier 4 students.