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Visas and Immigration

As an international student, you will likely need a Student visa to study in the UK. We can provide you with the information and guidance you will need for your time studying abroad, including how to navigate the Visa application process. The Student Route visa applies to students wishing to study for more than six months in the UK and includes rules for Student Dependants. 

We recommend you review the information on the Home Office website regularly to keep up-to-date with changes to UK immigration law and guidance.

Please note Irish citizens are not required to hold a Student visa in order to study and live in the UK. 

Current UK Immigration Rules

The Points Based System (PBS) is the UK system for managing migration for non-UK nationals wishing to enter the UK for the purpose of work or study. 

If you are 17 years old or above, and intend to study for a full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Suffolk, you must apply for an adult Student visa.

The application form is available on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

To make a Student Route visa application you are required to score 70 points. Your 70 points will be based on the following:

  • Study (see ST 6.1) - must meet all (50 points):
    • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) requirement (to obtain a CAS number, you will need to accept an unconditional offer from the University of Suffolk, pass a Pre-CAS Interview and pay your CAS deposit - see below for further details)
    • Course requirement
    • Approved qualification requirement
    • Level of study requirement
    • Place of study requirement
  • Proof of evidence (e.g. Bank or building society statements, sponsorship letter) confirming that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees for the first year and a specific amount of money for living costs (£9,207), also referred to as maintenance costs (10 points). 
  • Meeting the UKVI's English language requirements (10 points).