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Visa Information

Student Route Visa Information for University Pathways


Here you can find visa information for the Student Route Visa when studying the International Foundation Year.

To study the International Foundation Year at BSC you need a Student Route Visa. The earliest you can apply for your visa is six months before your course starts. Make sure you check the visa processing times and you leave enough time to get your visa. You can stay in the UK up to two months after your course finishes. For complete and accurate information, please use the UK Visas and Immigration website or visit your nearest embassy.

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The Visa Process

  • Send your completed application form, academic certificates/transcripts & passport biodata page to BSC & receive an offer letter.
  • Complete a video interview and satisfy the conditions of your offer to receive an unconditional offer.
  • Book your IELTS for UKVI or other Secure English Language Test ahead of time so that you are not delayed in applying for your visa by waiting for your test scores.
  • Pay your tuition deposit or full fees.
  • The remainder of your tuition fees + living expenses as outline on the gov.uk website need to be in a bank account in yours or your parents/legal guardians name for 28 days.
  • TB test, if needed
  • Birth certificate
  • Sponsorship letter from one or both your parents/legal guardians or government or sponsorship body NB* The sponsorship letter should be dated & signed, confirm your relationship and that your parents/guardians will be financially responsible for you during your studies.
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Other relevant information:

  • If you have studied in the UK previously, include relevant certificates and visas.
  • If you have previously applied for and been denied a visa for the UK include proof of rejection
  • Proof of payment of tuition fees.

Send all documents to BSC in order to attain your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Students require a total of 70 points to be granted a visa to study at a UK university. Normally, students cannot work while studying a Foundation Programme at BSC.

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Visa Credibility

During your visa interview you will be asked many questions about your choice to study in the UK. Examples of the questions you may be asked could include:

  • Why did you choose British Study Centres to study your chosen course?
  • Why did you choose your course?
  • Why did you choose London to study your course?
  • How do your studies fit into your career plans?
  • If the costs of pursuing your course of study are higher in the UK than in your home country, why have you decided to incur the extra costs involved with studying in the UK?
  • Do you plan to work in the UK?
  • How will you fund your studies?

Please prepare accordingly for these questions, with answers specific to the Foundation programme and your onward study.

Find out more

If you already have any other visa related questions please visit our Visa Information page for Language courses.

You can study for any period of time on:

Short-Term Study Visa, Student Visitor Visa, Student Route Visa, Tier 1 Visa, Tier 2 Visa, Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa, Diplomat Visa, Residence Visa.

You can study for up to 30 days on:

Standard Visitor Visa, Tourist Visitor Visa, Business Visitor Visa, Academic Visitor Visa.

UPDATE: As of 1 December 2020 the UK government has announced students will be able to study up to six months on a Standard Visitor visa.

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Any questions?

We know there can be a lot to think about when coming to study abroad so if you have any questions then our friendly team are always happy to help.