If you are planning to study at UWS and you are not a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, then you may need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK.
The type of visa you require depends on the course of study that you have chosen:
If you are planning to bring family to the UK with you, you may also need to apply for a dependent visa.
The information provided here by the University is just guidance. Immigration laws change frequently, so for the most up-to-date visa information, we recommend that you visit the UK Government website.
International students (non-EEA or Switzerland) coming to study at the University of the West of Scotland on a full-time course for longer than 6 months generally require a Tier 4 Student visa before travelling to the UK.
The UKCISA website provides information on eligibility and requirements for Tier 4 Student visas.
You should begin the process of applying for a visa no more than 3 months before the start date of your course and no later than 6 months after your CAS was issued.
Credibility interviews are now part of the Tier 4 visa application process, they have been introduced by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to try and make sure that only genuine students are studying in the UK. Read our Q&A document for more information.Download (PDF)
If you are an international student planning to study at the University of the West of Scotland for 6 months or less you can enter as a short-term student. However, if you plan to go on to further study in the UK after 6 months, then you should apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. Read our Short-term Study Visa Guide for more information.Download (PDF)
International students undertaking certain courses of study may also need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in addition to their Tier 4 Student visa in order to study in the UK.
The UK Government website provides comprehensive information about when an ATAS certificate is required along with application guidelines.
If you are bringing family and dependents to the UK, you may need to apply for a dependent visa. The UKCISA website provides comprehensive advice on bringing your dependents to live with you in the UK.
It’s important that you understand how your asylum seeker status affects your financial situation before you accept an offer of study at UWS. The UK Government website provides comprehensive guidance on this matter.
The international student calculator will help you work out how to manage your money and build a budget for living and studying in the UK. Further advice on money management is available in Money, Fees & Funding.
Our team of International Student Advisers (ISAs) can help with specific financial queries from international students. However, it is important to note that we do not have funding to assist students in financial hardship, although we may refer students to other appropriate agencies.
The UKCISA website has further advice on dealing with financial hardship as an international student.
UWS’s team of International Student Advisers (ISAs) are authorised by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide Level 1 immigration advice to our international students.