UK still a viable option for international students

Last week, top officials in the education sector stated that the UK is still a viable study option for legitimate students, despite the fact that around 500 bogus colleges have been closed down in the last year and a half.

Professor Eric Thomas, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, was quoted as saying that despite some recent high-profile negative coverage of the UK’s student visa system, the UK welcomes genuine international students.

According to Thomas, international students make a fundamental contribution to university life, and international demand for places remains strong. He added that despite all the recent changes to student visa rules, plenty of post-study work opportunities still exist.

More about student visas

If you would like to apply for a student visa (Tier 4), you will need to demonstrate that you have been accepted to study at an organisation which is included on the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills register of education and training providers. Such an organisation must qualify as one of the below:

  • A publicly-funded institution of further of higher education (e.g. a university)
  • A private education institution
  • An independent fee-paying school

You will also be required to prove that you intend to follow:

  • A recognised, full-time degree course
  • A course which is run during the week which necessitates at least fifteen hours of organised daytime study per week
  • A full-time course of study at an independent fee-paying school

Finally, it is essential that you are able to pay for your chosen course as well as support and accommodate yourself without working beyond the restrictions of the visa, and without assistance from public funds.

Visit the 1st Contact Visas website to find out more,  or call 0808 141 1664 to speak to a visa consultant.