School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Visa Information

This page gives further information on:

Types of visa

Students have three main visa options, depending on the length of the course at CELE:

Student visa

For applicants who intend to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a UK university shortly after their CELE programme. Requires a UKVI approved IELTS test (also known as a Secure English Language Test or SELT). 

More information

Short-term study visit visa (STSV)

For applicants who will study at CELE for 6-11 months and would eventually like to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a UK university, but who do not currently have a UKVI approved IELTS score.

More information

Standard visitor visa

For applicants who will
study at CELE for 6 months
or less and would eventually like to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a
UK university, but who do
not currently have a UKVI approved IELTS score. 

More information

 

Family members accompanying the main student visa holder (for example spouses and/or children under 18) would need to apply for a dependants' visa, more information can be found on the UK Government website.

Courses and visa/s available

Look at this chart to find out which visa types may be available to you (by course length and/or start date)
Course length Starting in Student visa
Single CAS 
Student  visa
Joint CAS* 
Short-term study visa Standard visitor visa
30 weeks  October
Term 1 
Not available Not available
30 weeks  January
Term 2 
Not available Not normally appropriate*** Not available
20 weeks  October
Term 1 
Not available Not available
20 weeks  January
Term 2 
Not available Not available
20 weeks  April
Term 3 
Not available Not available Not available
20 weeks  July
Term 4 
Not available Not available
10 weeks  October
Term 1 
Not available Not available
10 weeks  January
Term 2 
Not available Not available
10 weeks  April
Term 3 
Not available Not available
10 weeks  July
Term 4 
Not available Not normally appropriate***
6 weeks  August
Term 4 
Not available Not normally appropriate***
**4 weeks
(Unconditional)
August
Term 4 
Not necessary Not available Not available Not normally appropriate***

*Joint or integrated CAS are not available for all presessional courses or for all students. You will be informed if you are eligible for a joint CAS (covering your presessional course and your degree course) after you apply. Please visit our joint CAS frequently asked questions for more information.

**For the 4-week CELE course, please note that the visa you obtain for your academic programme will allow you to enter the UK four weeks in advance. It is therefore not necessary to get an additional visa if you are taking the four-week course.

***It is not normally appropriate to enter the UK for a presessional English course under the short-term student or visitor visa routes where the degree course commences immediately after the CELE presessional course. This is because it is not possible to 'switch' from the visitor visa type in the UK. The student is required to travel outside the UK to obtain a full student visa, which takes time and affects the commencement of the academic programme.

You may find it helpful to download the University's guidance on applying for your student visa from overseas and sample visa application guidance.

Important differences between the visa types

There are a number of other questions you will need to consider before you apply:

How long does each visa last? 

Student visa

Single CAS
from the start to the end of your CELE course


Joint CAS
from the start of your CELE course to the end of your degree course

 

Short-term study visa

11 months maximum

You will need to return to your home country after this period to reapply for another visa

 

Visitor visa

6 months maximum

You will need to return to your home country after this period to reapply for another visa

 

Dependant's visa

Depends on the conditions for the main student visa holder

 

 
 

What type of IELTS test do I need to take? 

Student visa

Single CAS 
UKVI approved IELTS only

Joint CAS 
IELTS required but does not need to be UKVI approved

 

Short-term study visa, visitor visa or dependants' visa

IELTS required to study at CELE but does not need to be UKVI approved 

 
 

Can I bring my family with me?

Student visa

Single CAS
Yes, if you study on a 30-week course and you are government sponsored

No
If you study on a  20 or 10-week course 

Joint CAS
Yes, if you are a postgraduate student or a sponsored undergraduate student

Short-term study visa or visitor visa

No

Dependants' visa

Depends on the conditions for the main student visa holder 

 
 

Can I work while I am in the UK? 

Student visa

Single CAS
Yes, up to a maximum of 10 hours per week

Joint CAS
Yes, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week

Short-term study visa or visitor visa

No 

Dependants' visa

Depends on the conditions for the main student visa holder

 
 

Please note

  1. If you decide to defer the start date of your presessional for any reason, you need to contact us to see if the visa you have chosen is still valid.
  2. Neither a short-term study visa or a visitor visa can be extended or switched to a student visa from within the UK.
  3. If you previously studied with a private provider on a student visa, you will need to make your visa application in your home country.
  4. If you decide to extend the length of your course, you may also need to extend your visa. This could mean returning to your home country to apply for a new student visa.
  5. If you previously studied on a student visa at a higher education provider and there is a gap of more than 28 days between the end of your visa and the start of your next course, you will have to return to your home country to make a new visa application. Please check that any financial sponsor will agree to this.
 

Contact us if you need further help

Centre for English Language Education

Enquiries
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Insessional enquiries

School of Education
Dearing Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB