Applying for a student visa

If you are an international student, you may need to apply for a student visa to study at Sussex. Find out what you need to do before you arrive.


Other visas for studying at Sussex

If you’re an international student from outside the EU, and you’re studying a full undergraduate or Masters course, you will need a Tier 4 visa.

There are other kinds of visa you can apply for, such as a short term study visa, depending on your situation.

We only give advice about Tier 4 visas.

Work visas

A Tier 2 visa is a general working visa issued by the UK government.

A Tier 5 visa is a temporary worker visa.

If you’re thinking about getting a job, see our advice first about working while studying or working after your studies.

Standard Visitor visas

The UK government generally issues Standard Visitor visas for people who are coming to the UK on holiday or on business.

You cannot use one to study at Sussex. However, you can usually use one as a visa for graduation.

Part-time Tier 4 visas

Unfortunately, we do not offer this as a study option.

Distance learning

If you’re interested in part-time Sussex courses as an international student, take a look at our postgraduate distance learning courses.

You may need a short-term study visa if you choose to visit the UK as part of your course.

Students from the European Economic Area

If you’re a student from a country which is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), or you’re a Swiss national, find out the latest information on our Brexit hub.

See a list of EEA countries.

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