Please Note: The UK government changed the immigration route for students, on 5 October 2020. The ‘Tier 4’ route has now become the ‘Student’ route. Most of the changes are not significant but they might affect you and might affect the information on this page. We will update the information on this page as soon as possible. In the meantime, you are advised to read the guidance the Home Office has produced.

As an international full-time student you must have a valid visa that permits study; usually this will be  either a Tier 4 (General) or Student visa. If you are already studying with us and your current leave (visa) is due to expire before the end of your course you will need to renew your visa. You may also need to renew your visa if you are resuming full time study after a period of suspense.

If you change your immigration status during the course of your studies then you must tell us about this change. Find out how to do this, and renew your Tier 4 (General) or Student visa below.

Student Immigration Advice and Compliance have trained immigration staff who can give you advice and guidance regarding your visa application and any dependants (if applicable).  You can contact them by:


It is advisable to contact an Immigration Adviser at least 1-2 months before your current visa expires.

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