Short-term Study Visa

Short-term Study Visa

Who can apply for a Short-term Study Visa?

You can apply for a Short-term Study visa to study English language in the UK. This visa is for English language courses lasting longer than 6 months and up to 11 months.

How long can you stay?

You can stay in the UK for the length of your course plus an extra 30 days as long as your stay is no longer than 11 months.

What are the restrictions?

You cannot:

  • study on any other course or change your course while in the UK
  • study at a state-funded school
  • work or carry out any business (including paid or unpaid work, work placement or work experiences)
  • extend this visa
  • bring family members with you
  • apply for most benefits or the State Pension

What are the eligibility requirements for a Short-term Study Visa?

You must be 16 or older to apply.

You must prove that

  • you have been accepted onto an English language course that lasts 11 months or less and includes no other subjects
  • your course is with an accredited institution
  • you have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or be able to show that relatives and friends can support and house you
  •  you can pay for your return or onward journey
  • if you are under 18 you must also:
    1. have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK
    2. have permission from you parent or guardian to study in the UK

What documents do you need to apply for this visa?

When you apply you must provide:

  • a current passport (with a blank page for your visa) or other valid travel document
  • evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans – you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
  • evidence that you’ve paid your course fees or have enough money to pay them

You also need to provide:

Please contact us for a detailed document list tailored to your circumstances.


To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

To give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T: +44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at More information can be found from Contact Us.  

*Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: August 2023