Students preparing to welcome visitors to an open day.

There is a lot of information you’ll need to know before you leave home. For example, how to apply for your visa, how to enrol, how to pay your tuition fees and how to apply as an Erasmus or Associate student.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for please contact for further advice.

In this section:

Visas and immigration

International Welcome

Key documents:

International student pre-arrival guide
International students' welcome guide
International welcome booking form
Pre-arrival checklist
Enrolment policy for students subject to immigration control
English language requirements
Working during your studies
International student document checking and enrolment

Visas and immigration

Find everything you need to know about visas and immigration. We can advise you on Tier 4 visas, Student Visitor visas, General Visitor visa, registering with the police, working during your studies, working after your studies and reporting changes of circumstances to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

If you can’t find the information you need below, contact us for more information.

Tier 4 visa applications

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) operates a points based immigration system, commonly referred to as “PBS”. This system has five visa categories, or “tiers”, and the student category is called “Tier 4”. Students studying courses of more than six months (or Pre-sessional courses) should apply for a visa under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

Key documents

Request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Applying for a Tier 4 visa outside the UK
Applying for a Tier 4 visa – frequently asked questions (out of country applicants)
Applying for a Tier 4 visa inside the UK
Applying for a Tier 4 visa – frequently asked questions (inside the country applicants)
Tier 4 financial requirements
Visa and immigration guide for students
Immigration health surcharge guidance

Short-term study visa applications

If you are coming to study a course of less than six months, or you are coming to study a compulsory component of a longer course that does not attract visa support under Tier 4, you will need to apply for a short-term study visa.

For further information, please see the key document below.

Key documents

Applying for a short-term study visa 
Short-term study letter request form 
Short-term students' frequently asked questions

Standard visitor visa applications

The university does not generally permit any student to study while on a standard visitor visa. A standard visitor visa will, however, be appropriate for students who have completed their course, and who wish to return to the UK to attend a graduation ceremony.

The category of Standard Visitor will also be appropriate for family members and friends who wish to visit a Tier 4 student while they are in the UK. 

Key documents

Applying for a standard visitor visa to attend graduation
Inviting family members and friends to visit
Letter of Invitation sample

Contact us

By phone everyday 9:30am – 4:30pm
01242 714518

Download the Visa Advice Service's Code of Practice

Please note that all the information provided by the visa advice service is supplied in good faith. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information is accurate, the requirements relating to visas and immigration are complex and change frequently, often at short notice. We cannot therefore accept responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor for consequences arising from the use of the information on these web pages.

International welcome

Sunday 11 September – Friday 16 September 2016

We’re very happy that you have chosen to study at the University of Gloucestershire and we want to make your time with us as enjoyable and fruitful as possible.  

We find students who attend the International Welcome settle into university more quickly and can then focus their efforts into making their time here a success.

There will be special events to help you complete vital tasks such as finding accommodation, registering with the doctor, enrolling for your course and, most important of all, making friends!

The International Welcome starts with your arrival on Sunday and continues with trips and socials throughout the week. There is free accommodation provided until Wednesday when you will have confirmed your new term-time accommodation to move in to. If you have booked halls of residence, and your booking has been confirmed, then you will be able to remain in halls of residence for the rest of the year.

To book onto the International Welcome please read the International welcome guide and then complete the International booking form and return to