Student Visa

Tier 4 Visa Application Advice

International citizens who hail from outside of the European Union and who wish to study in the UK must obtain a UK student visa before they can begin their education in the country. The majority of students will require a Tier 4 UK student visa, which you will only be eligible for if your chosen institution is on the list of UKBA trusted sponsors.


International students can apply for their student visa up to three months before the start of their course date once you have been offered an unconditional place, and some universities will actually help you with the application process. A prospective student can also enter the UK if you can prove contact with UK universities. These visas last for six months, enabling you to visit potential campuses at your leisure, but they should be upgraded to a full UK student visa as soon as possible.


The UK student visa requirements are determined using a points-based system. In order to satisfy the criteria for successful entry you will need the following;

  • Detailed passport information
  • Recent photograph
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) document from your chosen institution
  • Proof of English language fluency via IELTS, TOEFL, or any UKBA approved means
  • Evidence you can support yourself financially throughout your stay in the UK, and pay for your course fees and accommodation.
  • Details of your academic qualifications


Additional requirements in obtaining a student visa may include biometric tests, physical interviews, and proof you have obtained certain medical vaccinations depending on your origin country.


Applying for a UK student visa costs £310 for international students based outside of the country, and whilst the information required may seem complex the process is actually very straightforward. If you need help meeting the criteria of your student visa application, or you simply require advice on the application process itself, contact ECN MENA today for expert advice.

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Student Visa Application - Paid Service

ECN’s experienced visa consultants are registered with the Home Office OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) and have extensive knowledge of the latest immigration legislation, rules and regulations. ECN’s Student Visa Service offers advice and assistance to international students wishing to obtain a UK visa.

Free initial consultation

Provide a checklist for necessary supporting documents
Completion and submission of your online application to UKVI
Book an appointment for your documents to be submitted at a UK visa centre
Communicate with UK visa and immigration on your behalf

To discuss your student visa application and service fees