How do I apply for a Short Term Study Visa?
Your School at Aston University will supply you with the mandatory short term study visa letter confirming your course details and other information. You will need to submit this letter with your application.
You will generally also need the following documents to support your application, try and get these documents before you apply online:
Please refer to the UKVI website here and the UKCISA website here for more in depth information about what documents you need for this visa application
To apply online, please visit the UKVI application website
Please select "Short-term student visa" to start this application
Please note that a CAS number is not required for a Short Term Study visa application.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice about the Short Term Visa application if you are unsure of anything.
If you are a national of any of the countries listed in Appendix 2 (Visa national list) here, then you will definitely need to apply for the Short Term Study visa before you travel to the UK. This is known as applying for Entry Clearance.
However if you are a national of a country that is not on the above list (e.g. USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia etc) then you are considered a Non-Visa national. This means that instead of applying for the Short Term Study visa before you travel, you have the option of obtaining Short Term Study permission at the UK border when you cross through immigration.
If you are a non-visa national and you wish to just get stamped in at the border, then you must bring all of the same documents to present at the border that you would have used if you applied for entry clearance. You must make it very clear to the Immigration official that you wish to enter as a "Short Term Study" student and present all of your documents. This means that you must carry all documents in your hand luggage.
If you are successful then your stamp must clearly state you have been stamped in as a Short Term Study student. If you have been stamped in with any other visa (e.g. normal visitor) then we may not be able to allow you to study in the UK.
*We recommend that all nationals apply for a Short Term Study visa (entry clearance) in order to avoid confusion at the border.
If you planned to just travel to the UK and get stamped in as with a Short Term Study visa at the airport, then we strongly advise to not arrive via the Republic of Ireland. This is because you would enter the "Common travel area" first and your connecting flight to England will be a domestic flight. This means that you will not pass through a UK immigration desk when you get to England and you will not have an opportunity to get stamped in with a Short Term Study visa.
Instead, you will be stamped with a 90-day visitor stamp when you arrive at Ireland and this visa stamp will not be appropriate for short periods of study in the UK.
More information can be found here.
As you will only be coming to the UK for less than 6 months, you will not be asked to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge to help cover healthcare costs in the UK. This means that if you require certain healthcare services in the UK, such as hospital aftercare, then you will be liable to pay for this and this can be extremely expensive.
We highly recommend that before you travel to the UK, you arrange private medical insurance to cover medical costs in the UK should you require it. Please see this page for further information.