Students attending from countries outside of the European Union will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa. Once you have paid your full fees and have received confirmation of your booking you will be issued a letter to help you apply for your visa.
Student Visitor Visas
If you are coming to study at Aston University for 6 months or less, you have the option of applying for a student visitor visa. You do not need to apply for a Tier 4 General visa under the points based immigration system.
Arriving via the Republic of Ireland
Student visitors who are non-visa nationals and choose to travel to the UK without applying for a visa/entry clearance before they travel should not enter the UK via the Republic of Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland has a 'Common Travel Area' with the UK. This means there is no immigration presence on arrival in some of the airports in the UK from the Republic of Ireland. As such you cannot apply for the visiting student visa through this route.
If you travel to the UK through the Republic of Ireland, you will receive a ‘tourist’ stamp in your passport upon arrival. Tourists are not permitted to study and as such the University would not be able to enrol you on your course of study. In this case, you would need to leave the UK to a location outside of the Common Travel Area (Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt for example) to return to the UK and legally apply as a Student Visitor at the airport.
You can find further information through the Hub International Student support pages