If you are a non-visa national
Non-visa nationals can apply for entry as a short-term student (6 months) on arrival in the UK as long as they arrive directly into the UK from outside of the UK/Republic of Ireland common travel area.
Currently students on the following passports are considered non-visa nationals:
- South Korea
If in doubt, use the online tool at https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
Bring your Letter of Attendance (LoA) from Queen's University and your Confirmation of Admission for UK entry letter (CoA) from the BISC, which demonstrates how you will pay for your studies/living costs, and evidence that you intend to return to your home country - such as a return air ticket or a letter from your home University stating that you are required to return. The Immigration Officer will stamp your passport and write the letters “S.T.V” (or similar) next to the entry stamp.
If you are a visa national
You need to apply for your Short-term Study visa before travelling to the UK. You will need to fill the online application form that you can find on the Visa4UK website. To check if you are a visa national, go to https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa. If you do require a visa, you will need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa (https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview).
When you apply you will need to provide:
- a current passport or other valid travel identification
- one passport-sized colour photograph
- evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, e.g., bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months1
- details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans - you shouldn’t pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa2
- your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
- contact details for at least one parent or guardian in your home country (if you’re under 18 years old)
- You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as evidence of your English language qualifications. UK Visas and Immigration does not specify what documents are acceptable.
1The BISC will issue you a Confirmation of Admission for UK Entry letter (CoA) prior to your departure to the UK. This CoA will indicate that you have paid all of your course fees and will not have recourse to public funds. You may have to submit further evidence depending on your application - the UK Council for International Student Affairs provides further information.
2The CoA will also include details of your residential address while in the UK.
You need to provide the original documents. You also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh. You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.