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Do I need a visa?

Here you'll find all you need to know about applying to AUB as an international student.

Do I need a visa?

We're to help you work out whether you need a visa to study at AUB!

If you're unsure about what type of visa you may need, please email our international team at

You need a visa or entry clearance to study at AUB in most cases if you are a national from a country outside the UK. The exemption is for British dual nationals, students from the Channel Islands or Irish nationals/dual nationals; you will not need a visa to study in the UK. Nor will EU/EEA or Swiss nationals who moved to the UK before the 31 December 2020 and have applied for permission to stay under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Commonwealth citizens can apply for an Ancestry visa to live, work or study in the UK.

The type of visa or entry clearance you will need depends upon how long your course will be.

If your course will be more than six months:

You will need to apply for a visa under the Student Route if you intend to study...

  • A Preparation for Higher Education Course (Foundation Diploma)
  • An Undergraduate Course (BA Degree)
  • A Postgraduate Course (MA/MPhil/PhD)
  • A Pre-Sessional English Course leading onto a full-time course listed above.

A Student visa allows most students to work part-time during term-time and undertake an additional supplementary study. Some students can extend or switch to this visa in the UK and you may be able to bring dependants, depending on the level and length of your course.

Find out more and how to apply for a Student visa.

If your course will be less than six months:

You may undertake study on a Visitor visa or ETA if you'll be studying

  • A study abroad programme
  • Summer courses
  • International Foundation Diploma (IFD)

The Visitor Visa or ETA doesn't allow you to work in the UK (paid or unpaid), bring your dependents (family), extend your visa in the UK or remain in the UK for more than six months.

If you are a dual national of Great Britain or Ireland, we recommend that you enter the UK with your British or Irish passport.

Once you are in the UK you have the right to work and travel freely in and out of the UK.

If you are unsure whether you need a visa or not, please use the Home Office Visa Checker or contact the International Office.

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Our International Team is here to guide you through the process of becoming an AUB student from the start to the end of your course

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Your Country/Region

Coming to AUB from an international country can be confusing, but our country representatives are here to give you a helping hand

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English Language

We offer a range of English Language support for international students, both in preparation for and during their time at AUB

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Visas and immigration

If you are coming to study at AUB and need to apply for a student visa, here's everything you need to know

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Become a representative of AUB

Are you an International agent or counselors interested in becoming a representative of AUB? We'd like to hear from you, here's how

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Loans for American Students

If you're an American student looking to study at AUB and require a loan, find out everything you need to know about US Federal Loans here

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Contact us

Please contact the International team if you have any concerns about studying in the UK