How to apply
Applying for a student visa
You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study in the UK at the Leeds International Study Centre for progression to University of Leeds. Learn more about visas.
Will I be eligible for a student visa?
There are three main requirements for those who want to study in the UK:
• You must have an offer of a place on a course at an approved higher education institution.
• You must provide evidence that you can afford your tuition fees and living expenses.
• You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English to a good level.
When should I apply for a visa?
You should make sure you apply early, to leave enough time for your application to be processed. You can apply up to three months before your course begins.
How long can I stay in the UK on a student visa?
If your course lasts between six and 12 months, you can arrive in the UK up to one month before the start date. You can remain in the UK for a further four months after your course end date.
The visa process
Visa applications in the UK work on a points system. If you collect enough points, you will be issued a visa. These are the steps you must follow:
- The first step is to apply for the programme of your choice at the International Study Centre, and receive an offer. This is worth 30 points.
- Next, you must send the requested documents to be checked by staff at the International Study Centre. These will include your IELTS scores, tuberculosis certificate, financial statements and exam results (if you already have them).
- You will then pay a deposit and CAS payment to the International Study Centre.
- You will be issued a CAS, which is worth a further 10 points. This means you can apply for your visa.
- You may be invited to a credibility interview.
- You will be contacted about the outcome of your visa application.
Visa credibility interviews
You may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. The purpose is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. Research in advance so that you are prepared for the interview. The process is designed to filter out people who might be planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.
Will I need an interview?
Whether or not you will be invited for a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from. Applicants from the countries listed here will not require a credibility interview.
How will the interview happen?
Credibility interviews usually take place in your local Visa Application Centre, via video link with an interviewer based in the UK.
How should I prepare?
Make sure you have done some detailed research on the International Study Centre, including accommodation options, costs, and the local area. Also familiarise yourself with the content of your chosen course.
What questions will I be asked?
Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, because your answers may raise concern with interviewers if they think you are not taking the process seriously.
Be honest, and avoid yes and no answers. Talk as naturally as possible; you do not want to look like you are repeating rehearsed answers.
What if my visa application is rejected?
If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. International Study Centre staff can help you with this process.