Do I need a visa?

Find out which is the appropriate UK visa for you.


It is important to know whether you need to apply for a visa before you travel to the UK to study.

Currently, unless you are a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national, you must apply for a Student visa to study for more than 6 months in the UK.  EU, EEA and Swiss nationals must also apply for Student visas to study in the UK for more than 6 months starting on or after 1 January 2021.

If you intend to study in the UK for 6 months or less, the type of visa or immigration permission that you need will be determined by your nationality and/or the specific travel document that you hold.

To find out what type of visa you need, follow the link below:

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa before you travel to the UK.

  • Information for EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals

    If you enter the UK on or before 31 December 2020

    If you are a national of an EU/EEA country, or Switzerland, you may live, work or study in the UK until 30 June 2021.  If you wish to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme .  The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.  There is no fee for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

    You should ensure that you travel to the UK using your EU/EEA/Swiss passport or national ID card.

    If your main purpose for living in the UK is study, you are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI).  If you will only stay in the UK temporarily, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be acceptable evidence of comprehensive sickness insurance until 31 December 2020.

    If you enter the UK on or after 1 January 2021

    If you are a national of an EU/EEA country, or Switzerland, you will need immigration permission to enter the UK on or after 1 January 2021.

    If you will study in the UK for more than 6 months, you must apply for a Student visa before you travel to the UK.

    If you will study in the UK for 6 months or less, you may request permission to enter the UK as a visitor when you go through immigration control at your port of entry.

In this section

Applying for your Student visa

Find out more about applying for a Student visa.

Your Short-Term Student visa

A Short-term Student visa is suitable for you if you intend to study for a maximum of 6 months at Ulster University.

I may apply for immigration permission when I arrive in the UK

If you are a non-visa national, you may choose to apply for entry clearance as a Short-term Student when you arrive in the UK.