Applying for a visa outside of the UK

Applying for a visa outside of the UK

If you do not hold a British passport and are from outside the EEA or Switzerland you will need to apply to the UK immigration authorities in your home country for 'entry clearance' (a visa) as a Tier 4 (General) student.

We have produced a guide for those applying outside of the UK.

Immigration Guide for students applying outside of the UK/ 2013-14 (PDF)

We have designed the following pages to help answer some of your questions about the Tier 4 immigration process. The visa application system is complex, so we recommend using the information below as a guide only. For full guidance, you will need to refer to the UK Visas and Immigration's Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Other useful sources of information

There is also a lot of useful information on the GOV.UK website and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Who to contact for help

St George's has fully trained immigration advisors who will be happy to help with your application. If you have any queries about the process, please email us.


Immigration advisors at St George's are regulated under OISC guidelines to give immigration advice. The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) is an independent organisation that monitors immigration advice and services. Advisers have to attend regular training to be able to provide immigration advice.

The UKCISA has an advice line which is open from 1-4pm, Monday to Friday. It can be reached on the numbers below.

Telephone: +44 20 7788 9214 (outside the UK) or
Telephone: 020 7788 9214 (inside the UK).

The University of Sheffield produced a film that follows the real experience of Chinese student applicants, with unique access to the visa application process supported by the UK government.

Please note that the above information is subject to change; please check the GOV.UK website for updates. The information herein provided is given in good faith for information only purposes. The information herewith provided is not intended to nor does it constitute legal advice. St George’s, University of London does not warrant the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no liability whatsoever as any claims arising from reliance thereon.


Further information

Read our international student profiles

Read more about student life at St George's

Support offered to our students