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DO I NEED A VISA?
Most international students will now require a visa to study in the UK, You can check if you need a visa on the UKVI website.
SHORT-TERM STUDY VISA
The Student visa is required for most students applying to study on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Full information about this visa is available on the UKVI website including details on the money that you will need; knowledge of English; the supporting documents that you need; and how to make an application.
CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF STUDIES (CAS)
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique 16-digit number issued by the University to students who have demonstrated that they are committed to and capable of study at the University. You will need a CAS to apply for a Student Visa.
Some students will be required to attend a Pre-CAS interview as part of the CAS application process. If you are required to attend a Pre-CAS interview, you will be invited by the Admissions team.
90/60 Accommodation Requirement
Students are required to either live on campus in student accommodation, or within a reasonable commutable distance of the University of Winchester. A reasonable commutable distance is recommended to be within 90 minutes travel time and/or a 60-mile radius of the University Campus.
Living further away from campus can affect your ability to fully engage with your studies, and not engaging with your studies can lead to withdrawal from the University and your visa cancelled.
When to apply for your CAS
Once you have gone Firm on an Unconditional Offer of a place to study at the University, and when you have paid your Tuition Fee Deposit, you are encouraged to apply for your CAS as soon as you have all the necessary documents and financial arrangements completed. You certainly should not leave applying for your CAS until late in the cycle as there may be delays in our processing your CAS request, delays in acquiring a visa, and increased costs in long-haul travel.
Online Pre-CAS Interview information
Some students will be required to attend an online Pre-CAS Interview with the University of Winchester. It is not a test of academic or creative skill but to ensure that they are committed and ready to study at the University in the UK. This interview is compulsory for those students invited.
The interview is to learn more about you and your reasons for studying in the UK. You will also be given the opportunity to ask us questions at the end of the interview if you wish.
The interview will be conducted online in English, using Microsoft Teams; so broadband access and a computer/tablet with camera and microphone (not a smartphone) will be required. It is not necessary to have an account with MS Teams as you can simply use the browser version of Teams, a link to which will be emailed to you. The interview will be recorded.
You will need to be in a room on your own for the interview, for up to 30 minutes without interruptions and the interview will be recorded and stored in secure location by the University in such a way that it could be released to authorised parties should that be required.
APPLYING FOR A STUDENT VISA
Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your student visa using the UK government student visa page
Applying from outside the UK
- The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course.
- You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks, though it will take longer at busy times.
Applying from inside the UK
- The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course starts.
- You must apply before your current visa expires but your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring.
- You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks, though it will take longer at busy times.
You should carefully read the UKVI Guidance notes before making your application for a student visa. And if you have any doubts or questions about the application process please contact us.
There are a number of useful links below to help you with preparing for your visa application:
- UKCISA guide to student immigration
- UKVI Short-term visa
- UKVI Student visa
- UKVI VISA decision waiting times
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 in June 2023.