The information on this page is for guidance only. If you are unsure about your visa status, or for the most up-to-date information, please contact your local embassy or visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration
If you are a ‘Non-Visa National’ (such as all EU/EEA countries, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan) you can enter the UK with a ‘Visitor Visa’. This is issued on arrival and you can stay and study for up to 6 months. At arrival, you can enter through the e-gates and do not need to speak to immigration staff. There will be no stamp in your passport. If you want to study for more than 6 months you will need to apply for either a Short-term Study visa or a Student Visa before you travel – see details below.
If you are a ‘Visa National’ (such as from China, Russia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine) you always need to apply for a visa before you travel. If your course is less than 6 months you can enter and study with a ‘Visitor Visa’. If you want to study for more than 6 months you can apply for a ‘Short–Term Study visa’ (up to 11 months).
See a full list of countries here.
A Visitor Visa allows you to:
This is the most suitable visa for many of our students.
For under 18 year olds, this is known as a Child Visitor Visa.
Frances King School of English is accredited by Accreditation UK which means we can support an application for a Short-term Study Visa.
A Short-Term Study visa allows those over 16 years old to:
You can apply for a short-term study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel and should get a decision within 3 weeks of application. Check the gov.uk visa processing times for more information.
To apply for this visa you must provide proof:
If you are under 18 years old you also need to show:
You can find details about eligibility for this visa and the documents you need to provide at www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview.
To apply online for this visa, visit the www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa website.
Frances King does not support application for this visa type.
It is also possible to study on some other visa types, for example:
Tier 1 – Investor / Entrepreneur visa
Tier 2 – General work visa
Tier 5 – Youth mobility visa
Some Dependent visas
You can check whether you need a visa on the www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa website.
You can find out how to apply for a UK visa on the UK government website at www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa