SOAS University of London

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 GOV.UK UKVI website, and from the SOAS extending your visa page 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 Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) on advice@soas.ac.uk

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 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 GOV.UK check if you need a visa website.  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.

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 may need to consider applying for a visa to study in the UK:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland*
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

If you are from an EU/EEA country listed above, and you are resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020, you will be eligible to apply for Settled or Pre-settled Status under the UK's EU Settlement Scheme. Obtaining settled or pre-settled status will enable you to live, work and study in the UK as you would under the previous free-movement regulations. Information on the EU Settlement scheme can be found on our website.

f you arrive in the UK after 11pm on 31 December, you will need to obtain an Entry Clearance Visa in advance of arriving in the UK if you are here to study a course longer than 6 months. The new Student route, which applies to EU/EEA nationals needing to apply for entry clearance has been open for applications since 5 October 2020 and applications can be submitted up to 6 months before the date you need to arrive in the UK. Applications under the Student visa route require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by the university you will be studying at (SOAS).

To find out if you need a visa to study in the UK, please go to the GOV.UKcheck if you need a visa website. EU/EEA national students who have been made an offer to study at SOAS should follow the links on the left for further information.

*Please note that Irish nationals are subject to different legislation meaning that an application under the EU Settlement Scheme is not required and Irish nationals will be able to continue to travel freely and live without restrictions as they currently do.