School of Education
Centre for English Language Education
  

Visa Information

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

  1. Student visa (formerly Tier 4) 
    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). View more information on student visa route.
  2. Short-term study visit visa (STSV)
    For applicants who will study at CELE for 6-11 months in duration 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. View more information on short-term study visas.
  3. 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. View more information on standard visitor visas.

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.

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
40 weeks  October
Term 1 
Not available Not normally appropriate*** Not available
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 normally appropriate*** 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 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 Short-term study visaVisitor visaDependants' visa
Single CAS
From the start to the end of your course at CELE

11 months maximum

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

 

6 months maximum

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

Depends on the conditions for the main student visa holder
Joint CAS
From the start of your course at CELE to the end of your academic studies

 

What type of IELTS test do I need to take?
Student visaShort-term study visa or
visitor visa
Dependants' visa
Single CAS
UKVI approved IELTS only
IELTS required to study at CELE but does not need to be UKVI approved

 

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

 

 

Joint CAS Unconditional Offer

IELTS required but does not need to be UKVI approved

 

Can I bring my family to the UK with me?
Student visa Short-term study visa or
visitor visa
Dependants' visa

Single CAS
Yes
If you study on a 30/40 week course at CELE and you are government sponsored

No
If you study on a 10/20 week course at CELE

No  Depends on the conditions for the main student visa holder 
Joint CAS
Yes
If you are a postgraduate student or a sponsored undergraduate student

 

Can I work while I am in the UK?
Student visaShort-term study visa or visitor visaDependants' visa
Single CAS
Yes
Up to a maximum of 10 hours per week
No  Depends on the conditions for the main student visa holder 
Joint CAS
Yes
Up to a maximum of 20 hours per week

 

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

Centre for English Language Education

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