University of Surrey International Study Centre
In order to study in the UK at the University of Surrey International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
We offer support to all our direct applicants going through the visa process. Our Student Enrolment Advisors can offer visa support in more than a dozen languages, including help with booking your visa interview and IELTS exam. Your Student Enrolment Advisor can also offer you a free in-country visa agent service to handle your visa application, if you require it.
Most students will require a student visa in order to study in the UK. If you require a student visa, the application process is as follows:
You may apply for a visa up to three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. How long it will take depends on which country you are applying from and which service you use for your visa application. Make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed by applying early.
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.
If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.
The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study. In most cases we expect this to be taking a part-time role for an established business or organisation, such as a customer service role at a retailer, or as part of a work placement.
A Tier 4 visa allows students to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term time for any course below degree level or 20 hours per week during term-time for any course at degree level. Students on a Tier 4 visa can work full time (up to 40 hours per week) during term breaks, including students studying English language preparation programmes. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.
If allowed to work as part of their Tier 4 visa, students are not able to:
If a student stops studying without completing the course, they will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of the conditions of the visa if they work.
For a comprehensive guide to working during your studies visit UKCISA.
You may be asked to attend a credibility interview as part of your visa application.
A credibility interview is carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student, and not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are coming to the UK for the right reasons.
You will normally be interviewed at the visa application centre in your country when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is carried out via a secure video system and you will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff in the UK.
Make sure you have researched the International Study Centre and your chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers, and try and go into more detail. The Entry Clearance Officer may be suspicious if they think you are repeating rehearsed answers.
Some questions you may be asked during your credibility interview include:
If your visa application is refused by the UKVI, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.
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