Which 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 should 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 or, if you are extending your student visa, evidence of a valid visa application submitted with the UK.

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 Student route visa .  If you already hold a Student/Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will have to apply for a Student route visa for Manchester before you can start studying with us.

You can only apply for your Student visa once your offer becomes unconditional and you have received your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) from the University. Please read our guidance on the Student route visa 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 Student route visa or a Standard Visitor visa. If you are studying and English language course of between 6 -11 months long you must apply for a Short-term study visa from outside the UK.

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

If you will be studying an English language course at the University Language Centre, your course duration will determine which visa type is appropriate for you.

If your course duration is less than 6 months, you can either apply for a Standard Visitor visa or a Student Route visa.

If your course duration is 6-11 months' duration, you can either apply for a Short Term Study visa or a Student Route visa.

If your course duration is more than 11 months' duration, you would need a Student route 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).

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 the guidance on the Standard Visitor route, the Short-term study route  and the Student route.

Applicants from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland who are studying a course outside the UK that is equivalent to degree level in the UK in the subject of medicine or dentistry are now permitted to enter the UK on a Standard Visitor visa to take up a clinical elective placement. The elective must be relevant to your overseas degree and you must provide evidence of this from your home institution. The elective must be unpaid and involve no treatment of patients. You should check with your School to see if ATAS clearance is required. Please read the guidance on the UKCISA website for more information.

You may be able to apply for your Standard Visitor visa at the border when you arrive in the UK but this will depend on your nationality. Please read the information on our Standard Visitor Visa route to check whether you must obtain your visa before travelling to the UK.

If you are registered at a non UK University and you are visiting the University of Manchester for a single semester of less than six months you can apply for either a Student route visa or a Standard Visitor visa. The study abroad programme must be part of your degree programme at your home institution. A Standard Visitor visa is usually the best route for those who will complete their course within 6 months as it is cheaper and easier to obtain. To apply for a Standard Visitor visa you must obtain a letter from your admissions team at Manchester (e.g. International Programmes Office) that confirms the details of your course.

You should check with your admissions team whether ATAS clearance is required. Please read the guidance on the UKCISA website for more information.

Please note that if your visit will include any work experience (paid or unpaid) or clinical placements then you must apply for a Student route visa as the Standard visit visa does not permit work of any kind.

For more information about the different visa route please read the Visitor visa section and the Student route visa section.

To be considered a visiting research student you should be registered on a postgraduate research course (e.g. PhD) at a non UK University and be visiting the University of Manchester for research that directly relates to your course overseas. You must be admitted to the University of Manchester as a visiting student and you will need to register with the University as a student which will require the payment of tuition fees. If you are visiting for more than 6 months' duration then you must apply for a Student route visa. If you are visiting for up to 6 months' duration then you can choose to apply for a Standard Visitor visa instead. 

Please note that if your visit will include any work or clinical placements then you must apply for a Student route visa as the Standard Visitor visa does not permit work of any kind.

You should check with your School to see if ATAS clearance is required. Please read the guidance on the UKCISA website for more information.

If you are on a distance learning course at the University of Manchester you may need 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 Standard Visitor visa to come to the UK. You should only enter the UK for limited periods, and you may need to apply for more than one standard visit visa during your course. 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. There is further information about the Standard Visitor visa on the UKCISA website and in the UKVI visitor guidance.

Please see this Standard Visitor visa 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.