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Visa information

The UK has now formally left the EU. European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals who enter the UK on or after 11 pm on 31 December 2020 will need a visa to study. EEA nationals and Swiss nationals who already hold pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, do not need to apply for a visa to study.  


Non-EEA nationals and EEA nationals

Programmes lasting more than six months

Visa nationals and non-visa nationals whose programme of study lasts for more than six months must NOT attempt to travel to the UK without a valid Student visa. Please see our information on applying for a Student visa.  

Programmes lasting less than six months

If you are a visa national and your programme of study lasts for six months or less and you do not intend to take up work (including voluntary work, part-time work, vacation work or a work placement as part of your programme of study) you can apply for prior entry clearance as a Standard visitor. If there is a possibility that you will want to work (or if your programme of study includes a work placement), then you must apply for a student visa. 

If you are a non-visa national and intend to leave the UK within six months of starting your studies, and do not wish to seek employment (including a work placement as part of your studies), then you are not required to obtain prior entry clearance. Instead, upon arrival in the UK, you must seek leave to enter as a Standard visitor by presenting immigration officials with your programme of study (your offer letter). You must also show that you have the financial resources to meet the costs of your stay. However, we strongly advise all students to seek prior entry clearance even if coming for less than six months. 

For further information, and to check whether you are a non-visa or visa national please see our information on the Standard Visitor visa for study

EEA nationals who hold pre-settled/ settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, do not need to apply for a visa to study at UCL. 

Visa information

Laws relating to immigration are subject to change and you are strongly advised to check both the UCL website and the UK Visas and Immigration website for the most up-to-date information before applying.