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Students from EU/EEA* and Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national then you currently (October 2019) do not need a visa to enter the UK or to study here.
If you have any questions about your visa status please contact us to discuss your situation.

*(EEA includes all EU countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway)


If you are a student from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, or the USA you can apply for a Short-term student visa if your studies last 11 months or less.

You should apply for the 6 month Short-term student visa is for Study Abroad at the University.

You should apply for the 11 month Short-term student visa is for the one year Certificate in English for International Students at the University.

Information on both the 6 month and the 11 month visas can be found on the UKVI Short-term student visa website.

You can apply for your Short-term student visa using the UKVI online service up to three months before the commencement of your studies.


All Visa Nationals (students from countries other than EU/EEA or Switzerland) will normally require a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study an undergraduate or postgraduate programme on campus in the UK. However, Dependent visa students are exempt from requiring a Tier 4 visa throughout their Dependent visa status.


A CAS is required before applying for a Tier 4 student visa. Once you have gone Firm on an Unconditional offer of a place to study at the University, and you have paid the £2000 Tuition Fee Deposit, you can apply for a CAS using our (CAS) Request Form. You can apply for a CAS up to six months prior to the commencement of your studies.


Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your Tier 4 visa using the UKVI online service up to three months before the commencement of your studies.

You should carefully read the UKVI Guidance notes before making your application for a Tier 4 visa. And if you have any doubts or questions about the application process please contact us.

Useful Links

There are a number of useful links below to help you with preparing for your visa application:

Whilst we try to ensure the accuracy of the information and advice given, the requirements relating to visas are complex and change frequently, therefore, the University of Winchester cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or errors in its information or advice.

This page was last updated on 7 October 2019