If you are coming to study on a Bachelors, Masters or Research degree you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa, under Tier 4 of the Points-based system.
If you are coming to study on the Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, and will be here for more than six months or the programme contains a work placement element, then you will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa
If you are coming to study on the Study Abroad or Exchange Programme, and are here for less than six months, you can apply for a Short-Term Student Visa but please note that you will not be able to extend your visa or carry out any form of work.
To qualify for immigration permission under Tier 4(General) you have to score a total of 40 points:
This information is a guide to help you get started with your visa application. It is not intended to be a definitive representation of the Immigration Rules, nor is it intended to replace the Tier 4 Policy Guidance or any related documents. Immigration law changes rapidly. It is your responsibility to make sure you read and understand the current Tier 4 Policy Guidance and Immigration Rules thoroughly to ensure that you meet the requirements for the category.