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International Students

Entry Clearance and Student Visas

In this section you will find some basic information about visas and entry into the UK. Further more detailed information and guidance is available from the UK Border Agency Visa Services website (www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk), and from the UKCISA website (www.ukcisa.org.uk/) or from your local British Embassy/Consulate/High Commission. 

If you require help with understanding any information given here or if you want further clarification on immigration procedures, please e-mail the SOAS International Student & Welfare Advisers on welfare@soas.ac.uk

WARNING ABOUT FAKE UKBA CALLS

Students at a number of UK universities have received calls from individuals who claim they work for the UK Border Agency, giving a false name and return phone number. These calls are not from the UK Border Agency. The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing and explain that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment as soon as possible to prevent further action including deportation. If you receive such a call, please do not give personal information or make any payment.

The UKBA website has further information on the scam.

Nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA)/ Switzerland

If you are a non-EU or a Non-EEA (European Economic Area) national you may need to apply for entry clearance to study in the UK before leaving the country where you live. If you are coming to study at SOAS for more than 6 months you should apply for a Tier 4 Adult/General Student visa that will cover the whole period of your study.

All enquiries about visa requirements should be directed to the British Embassy/ High commission or Consulate in your home country. To find out if you need a visa to study in the UK, please go to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.  Note: US students do require a student visa to come and study in the UK.

International students who have been made an offer to study at SOAS should follow the links on the left for further information.

UK visa application from India

Nationals of countries within the European Economic Area (EEA)/ Switzerland

If you are a citizen or national of one of the following countries then you do not need a visa to enter or study in the UK:

AustriaBelgiumBulgariaRepublic of CyprusCzech Republic
DenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermany
GreeceHungaryIcelandIrelandItaly
LatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMalta
The NetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomania
SlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenUnited Kingdon
Swiss students

Switzerland is not a member of the EU or EEA; however you do not need a visa to study in the UK if you hold a Swiss passport. For further information please visit the UK Visas website (www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk).

EU Residents with Non-EU Passports

If you have permanent residence in any of these countries, but are not a citizen there and you are not coming to the UK under an EEA Family Permit, then you will need a student visa and you should follow the advice for non-EEA nationals (below).