You can apply for a Short-term study visa if:
you’re doing a short course of study in the UK
you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
you meet the other eligibility requirements
You need a Standard Visitor visa if you’re an academic visitor.
You can’t apply if you qualify for British citizenship – including if you can have dual nationality. You must apply for British citizenship instead.
What you can and can’t do
do a short course of study in the UK, such as an English language course or a training course
do a short period of research as part of a degree course if you are studying abroad
study at a state school
work (including on a work placement or work experience) or carry out any business
extend this visa
bring family members (‘dependants’) with you – they must apply separately
get public funds
How long you can stay
You can stay in the UK for:
6 months – for any short course (including English language courses), or short period of research if you’re 18 or over
11 months – if you’re 18 or over and taking an English language course
£85 for a 6 month visa
£162 for an 11 month visa
How long it takes
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.
You must apply online for a Short-term study visa – you’ll need to select ‘visit’ and then:
special – student visit visa if you’re over 18 years old
special – child visit visa if you’re under 18 years old
You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.
You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in – check with your visa application centre.