Check if you need a student visa
Most international students need a Student route (formerly tier 4) visa to study in the UK. It allows you to study on a course that is longer than six months and it's the most common student visa.
Make sure that you read the information below about how to apply for a Student route visa carefully. Your visa will be refused if your application is not completed correctly.
Prepare for your visa application
All students who apply for a Student route visa under the sponsorship of Middlesex University must agree to our conditions of Student Route sponsorship.
Find out more about how to apply for your visa by watching our video.
We will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) when we offer you a place to study and have confirmed that we will be able to sponsor you.
Your CAS will have a reference number which you must state on your visa application form. Your caseworker will check it when they process your visa.
Your Student Route visa only allows you to study at the institution which issued your CAS. If you move to another institution, you must apply for a new visa, even if your current one is still valid.
The CAS includes:
You will receive a copy of this information when your CAS is issued. Please check it carefully and contact us if there are any mistakes.
Your visa sponsor
Your university or college will act as your Student route visa sponsor. This will be Middlesex University if you are accepted onto courses at our campus in London. Your visa is issued under your institution's 'sponsor licence'. This means that the institution is responsible for you while you are in the UK, and must guarantee your student status with UK Visas and Immigration.
All UK Visas are issued by a government agency called UK Visas and Immigration (formerly the UKBA). If you are overseas, your visa application might be managed by an agency such as VFS Global. The agency will manage the application process, but the final decision on your visa will still be made by UK Visas and Immigration.