What visa do I need?

There are different types of visa that you may need to apply for. This depends on your course and duration of study. Please read the information below for more information about what visa is required for you to study at the University. 

If you already have another type of immigration permission for the UK you must check with us whether your existing visa permits study with us. You must read the section on 'Other Visa Types' first to check and contact us directly if you are not sure. You must do this well before your course start date as you will not be permitted to start your course without a valid visa that permits study at Manchester.

If the information below does not apply to you please contact us directly.

If you are coming to study on a full-time degree programme or course which is over 6 months duration you will be expected to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.  If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for Manchester before you can start studying with us.

You can only apply for your Tier 4 visa once your offer becomes unconditional and you have received your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) from the University. Please read our section on Tier 4 visas for guidance on when, how, and what documents you need to apply for this visa.

If you will be studying a full-time course which is a maximum 6 months duration then you can apply for either a Tier 4 (General) Student visa or a Short-Term Student visa. A Short-Term Student visa is usually the best route for those who will complete their course within 6 months as it is cheaper and easier to apply for. To read more about the difference between the two visa types please read this guide

Please note that if your course will include any work or clinical placements then you must apply for a Tier 4 visa as the Short-Term Student visa does not permit work of any kind.

For more information about the different visa categories please read this Short-Term Student section and this Tier 4 visa section.

If you will be studying an English language course at the University Language Centre you can apply for either a Tier 4 (General) Student visa or a Short-Term Student visa. What visa you should apply for will depend on your current level of English, the length of your course, whether you will need to extend your visa in the UK, and whether you wish to bring any dependants (family members). 

The Short-Term Student visa allows for English Language study up to 11 months in the UK. You cannot extend or switch from this visa type in the UK, and you cannot have any dependants. However this visa allows you to transfer into the pre-sessional English language course without making a new visa application, provided that your visa is valid until the end of the pre-sessional course. However, this would mean that you would need to return to your home country after the pre-sessional course finishes to apply for a Tier 4 visa for your main degree course.

The Tier 4 visa can be extended in the UK and you can bring dependants with you (if you are financially sponsored by a government and your course is longer than six months). However, if you wish to switch to the pre-sessional English language course you would have to apply for a new Tier 4 visa from inside the UK and this would have implications for your dependants. 

Please read this visa guide for English language students before making a decision. You must inform the University Language Centre of which visa you wish to apply for. For more information about the different visa applications please see this Short-Term Student section and this Tier 4 visa section.

Applicants from outside the EU/EEA who are studying a medicine degree abroad are now permitted to enter the UK on a Short-Term Study Visa to take up a clinical elective placement. The elective must be unpaid and involve no treatment of patients.

Students are permitted to undertake courses concurrently and consecutively within the six month period of leave granted. This means that it will be possible for visiting elective students to undertake more than one clinical placement during their period of Short-Term Student leave, without having to leave the UK.

If you are registered at an overseas University and are visiting for a single semester you can apply for either a Tier 4 (General) Student visa or a Short-Term Student visa. A Short-Term Student visa is usually the best route for those who will complete their course within 6 months as it is cheaper and easier to apply for. To read more about the difference between the two visa types please read this guide

Please note that if your visit will include any work or clinical placements then you must apply for a Tier 4 visa as the Short-Term Student does not permit work of any kind.

For more information about the different visa applications please see this Short-Term Student section and this Tier 4 visa section.

To be considered a visiting research student you should be registered on a postgraduate research course (e.g. PhD) at an overseas University and visiting the University of Manchester for research that directly relates to your course overseas. You must register on the student system as a visiting student and tuition fees will be payable. If you are visiting for over 6 months duration then you must apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa. If you are visiting for up to 6 months duration then you can choose to apply for a Short-Term Student visa instead. 

To read more about the difference between the two visa types please read this guide. Please note that if your visit will include any work or clinical placements then you must apply for a Tier 4 visa as the Short-Term Student visa does not permit work of any kind.

For more information about the different visa applications please see this Short-Term Student section and this Tier 4 visa section.

If you are on a distance learning course you may be required to visit the University for short periods of time e.g. to attend inductions, face-to-face learning or assessments. In this case you should apply for a Short-Term Student visa to come to the UK. You should only enter the UK for limited periods, totalling no more than 56 days within a 6-month period of time. You should be studying the majority of the time outside the UK on a distance learning course which is longer than 6 months in total.

Please see this Short-Term Student visa section for more guidance.

If your visit to the UK includes any work or clinical placements you must contact us before you apply for your visa and we will advise you on an individual basis.