EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals
The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. From then until 31 December 2020, a transition period was in place, allowing freedom of movement between the UK and EU.
Applicants entering the UK on or before 31 December 2020 will be able to study here without restriction as long as they apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Applicants entering the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a visa in the same way as any other non-UK national, via the new Student route.
Entering the UK before 31 December 2020
The EU Settlement Scheme
If you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 and you will need to apply if you wish to continue living and studying in the UK after this date.
You should still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme even if you do not intend to stay in the UK long-term.
It is free to apply and applications can be made online on GOV.UK: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
Entering the UK from 1 January 2021
The Student Route
If you entered the UK after 1 January 2021, you do not qualify to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You must apply for your visa to study in the UK the same way as an international applicant. To apply for a visa, you will need to apply via the new Student Route
We advise you apply to study with us first and have your offer confirmed before you make a visa application.
For more information on how to apply to study with us, click here
Further guidance for EU/EEA and Swiss applicants can be found here: EU Student Information
Applying via the Student Route
If you are applying to the new Student Route you will need to demonstrate that you meet the required 70 points.
To achieve the required points, you will need to demonstrate that;
- You have been offered a place on a course and have received a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) – 50 Points
- You can speak, read, write and understand English – 10 Points
- You have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – 10 Points
A Student visa will cost £348 for a standard application (which takes 15 working days) if applied for from outside the UK however, you can pay for a faster service where you will need to pay the following costs;
- an additional £220 for a priority service which takes 5 working days; or
- an additional £956 for a super priority service which takes up to 24 hours.
You need to check if these additional services are available in your country by visiting the following link: Get a faster decision on your visa application
You will also need to pay £470 per year for the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your application. This gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service on generally the same basis as a UK permanent resident. More information can be found here: Pay for UK healthcare
For more information about applying via the student route, please click here: Student Route