It is important that if you wish to study in the UK, you hold an appropriate visa to do so. If you have already been accepted onto a course of study there are two types of visa for studying in the UK: short- term student visas and Tier 4 student visas.
We are currently only able to accept applications for courses requiring short-term student visas.
If you are not sure if you need a visa to study with us, please contact us, or check the UK Visas and Immigration website (UKVI).
Short-Term Student visas
The ordinary ‘short-term student’ category will allow you to come to the UK if you are 18 years or older, and want to enter:
- for up to 6 months to study a short course; or
- for up to 11 months to study an English language course.
The ‘short-term student (child)’ category will allow you to come to the UK if you are under 18 years old, and want to enter:
- for up to 6 months to study a course
If you are coming to the UK to study for a maximum of six months (or 11 months if you will be studying English language), you may be able to enter as a ‘short-term student’ if you are 18 years or over. For some nationalities (“non-visa nationals”) who come to the UK as a student visitor, it is not compulsory to obtain entry clearance before travelling to the UK as long as your course is less than six months long.
If you choose to come as a short-term student you will not be allowed to do any work or work placement (even if it is part of a course or unpaid work). Short-term students are not allowed to apply to switch into any other immigration category while still in the UK.
Your immigration responsibilities
It is important that, as an international student, you comply with the UK immigration regulations during your stay in the UK. Your immigration responsibilities are to:
- Provide Sussex Downs College College with a copy of your current passport and visa/Biometric Residence Permit so the college can record your visa expiry date
- Keep your UK contact details up to date with the College via your personal tutor and accommodation team
- Inform us of a change in your address whilst you are studying with us
- Re-enrol for your course on time each academic year
- Study whilst you are in the UK (ensuring that you meet the progression and attendance requirements of your course with no significant gaps or absences)
- Follow College processes if you decide to defer or suspend your studies, change your registration status, or withdraw from your course. You are strongly advised to consult the Immigration Compliance Officer for advice on how such changes would affect your current immigration status
- Leave the UK if you defer or suspend your studies, withdraw from your course or your course is terminated or if you are asked to re-sit without residence (you should seek immigration advice if your student registration changes in any of these ways)
- Register with the police if required, and update your certificate of Police registration with any change of personal details
- Ensure you do not breach the conditions of your visa: – for example, do not break the rules on working or claiming public funds and make sure you register with the Police, if required, and update your Police Registration Certificate within 7 days of any change to your circumstances
- Ensure that you continue to retain a valid visa by extending or applying for a new visa before your current visa expires and that you provide the College with a copy of any new visa
- Ensure you provide the College with a copy of a new/renewed passport each time this is obtained
- Prioritise your full-time studies over part time-employment and social engagements
- Attend all classes and tutorials regularly and punctually. The College expects a minimum of 95% attendance. If your attendance falls below 95% the College Student Concern Procedures may be applied to you. Sickness and authorised absence all count as negative attendance
- Report all absences to the College absence line giving your name, student number and reason for absence
- Submit the best quality work you are capable of on time.
Correct at December 2016