Short term study visas allow you to come to the UK for a maximum of six months.
They should be used for short courses and Summer School programmes, but are not appropriate for courses that are longer than six months.
Note that while a short term study visa is always issued for a six month period, you should leave the UK once your programme is completed, unless the short term study visa was granted on or after 11 January 2018, in which case you should leave the UK not more than 30 days after the course completion date (and sooner than this if the visa expires less than 30 days after the course ended).
If your course is less than six months long, you can apply for a Short Term Study Visa. If your course is more than this, you will need a Tier 4 visa.
A Short Term Study Visa is not normally recommended for pre-sessional courses, as you cannot extend the visa within the UK.
You only need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa in advance if you are a 'visa national'. Students from other counties can get the Short Term Study Visa Stamp at the airport.
Even if you don't need a Short Term Study Visa, you can still apply for one, as this might make things easier at the airport.
You cannot renew or extend a Short Term Study Visa and you must leave the UK before it expires. For these reasons we do not recommend it for pre-sessional courses.
You need to provide evidence that you have sufficient money to support yourself during your studies and that you have a place on a course in the UK at an institution which meets the Short Term Study Visa Requirements.
You will need to submit your offer letter from your institution, previous qualifications, evidence of your English ability and evidence that you have enough money for your stay in the UK (bank statements or payslips).
Please check online for more details about what you need to submit for a Short Term Study Visa.
Short Term Study Visa holders have no right to work in the UK.
From March 2016*, the cost of a Short Term Study Visa is £89.
*This charge is accurate as of March 2016. It is subject to change and you should check the visa application fees before you apply.