This page provides concise visa guidance for students wishing to learn English in the United Kingdom. Please note this information is for guidance only and is subject to regular change and British Study Centres cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. For up-to-date information, please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website.
Students from European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need a visa to learn English in the UK. Other nationalities require a visa; however, students from certain countries do not need to apply for it prior to arrival in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We normally recommend applying for Short-Term Study Visa which is suitable for any of our courses. Please see below for more information.
Please note that if you are coming to the UK for longer than 6 months on Short-Term Study Visa, you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) in your first 10 days in the UK. It is very important that you bring your UK Visas & Immigration letter to school on the first day so we can help you and show you where you can collect it. If you do not, you have only 30 days to stay in the UK and you may have to pay a fine (financial penalty) or go home earlier than you expected with no refund. So please come and speak to us about your BRP on your first day at school.
Passport holders of Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates qualify for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW), which will allow them to study for a period of up to 6 months. An EVW form can be completed online; it is free of charge and quicker than applying for a visa. Students do not need to provide biometric information (photo and fingerprints), attend a visa application centre or hand in passport in advance of travel. You must apply for an EVW online at least 48 hours before you travel.
If you already have a valid UK visa, you might be able to take a language course with us. If your visa is not listed below or you are not sure if your visa allows you to study in the UK, please feel free to ask us for more information.
Short-Term Study Visa, Student Visitor Visa, Tier 4 (General) Visa (must obtain written permission from Tier 4 sponsor), Tier 1 Visa, Tier 2 Visa, Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa, Diplomat Visa, Residence Visa.
Standard Visitor Visa, Tourist Visitor Visa, Business Visitor Visa, Academic Visitor Visa.
This page provides visa guidance for students wishing to study and work in Ireland. Please note this information is for guidance only and is subject to regular change and British Study Centres cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. For up-to-date information please refer to the Irish Visas website.
The Study and Work programme is available for students who do not require an EEA visa.
This programme consists of 25 weeks of study plus 8 weeks of holidays. Students are permitted to work part-time for the 33 week duration and full-time during the 8 weeks holidays, provided these holiday weeks are from June to September and 15th December to 15th January.
Some students may be required to get their visa prior to arrival in Ireland, this is dependent on their country of origin. Below are the two different options for students:
In order to study at BSC Dublin, students from the below-listed countries:
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), DR Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (North), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian National Authority, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The nationalities that can enter Ireland without a prior visa are: Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City.
To process your visa application, please make sure you:
To get your visa you will need to prove that you have access to €3,000, there are a few ways to do this:
If you are spending a long time in Ireland then you might want to open a bank account. To open a bank account at Bank of Ireland, you will need to do the following:
If your bank card is lost or stolen you must phone your bank immediately.
In order to work in Ireland you will need a PPS number. Your Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.) is a unique reference number that helps you to gain access to social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland. To receive a PPS number you will need to:
Your PPS number will be posted to you after your application.
Students from the EU should travel to Ireland with their European Health Insurance Card to cover public medical care.
All course fees are refunded with the exception of the registration fee, the accommodation placement fee (where applicable) and a cancellation charge of €150 if a visa application is rejected and the applicant provides a copy of the refusal letter from the Department of Justice.
Before your course starts, you must decide when you want to take your official course holidays. Your visa is valid for 8 months with 25 weeks of classes and 8 weeks of official holiday. There are 4 options available to you:
|No. of weeks of studied||Holiday during the course||Holiday after the course|
|8 weeks or more||2 weeks||6 weeks|
|9 weeks or more||3 weeks||5 weeks|
|12 weeks or more||4 weeks||4 weeks|
|25 weeks||0 weeks||8 weeks|
When you have decided when you want to book your holidays, the school will provide you with your official course timetable. You will need to take this with you to your appointment with INIS.