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Make Your UK Study Dreams a Reality with the Tier 4 Student Visa

Mar 16, 2022

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UK study dreams


Getting into a UK university is a thrilling experience. Studying in one of the best countries for higher education is a dream for many, and a stepping stone toward success. Make it a reality with a Tier 4 student visa.

The UK is a great place for international students. World-class universities in the country consistently rank in top ten lists worldwide, and a long history of international study are just two of the many reasons to make the UK your study destination. You can explore the rest of Europe, work to earn some extra cash, and experience the melting pot of UK culture. 

If you’re from within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you won’t need to get a visa. Everyone else that wants to study in the UK will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.

Two types of Tier 4 visas

There are two categories of visas that you can apply for depending on your age. If you’re over 16, you can choose the Tier 4 (General) student visa and study at a UK university. If you’re between four and 17 years old, you can apply for the Tier 4 (Child) student visa to go to an independent UK school.

Tier 4 (General) student visa

This visa is your route to studying at a UK university. Here are the requirements:
• You can speak, read, and write in English.
• You have enough money to pay for your studies and live in the UK.
• You’re from outside the EEA or Switzerland.
• You have an offer from a licensed Tier 4 sponsor.

When you apply to study at a university, you’ll receive a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) after you get accepted. You must use this to apply for your general student visa within six months of receiving confirmation.

Tier 4 (Child) student visa

This visa is for students younger than 17 that want to go to a UK school. Here’s how you qualify:
• You have the consent of your parent/guardian.
• You’re from outside the EEA or Switzerland.
• You have a place in the school.
• You have enough money to live and study while in the UK.

You will be able to take any course that is taught according to the UK national curriculum, the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) or the independent school education inspection standards, but your school must be a licensed Tier 4 sponsor.

Why the UK?

Excellent education

Firstly, the universities are excellent. Some big names are known worldwide such as Oxford, Imperial, and Cambridge, but even the lesser known universities are great choices. There’s a lot of support for international students due to a long history of welcoming foreign students to the UK.

Work opportunity

One of the great things about the Tier 4 visa is that you’re allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week. Earning an income while you study can offset some of your living costs or give you some pocket money to spend in your spare time. Getting to grips with the UK work culture is a fantastic stepping stone to further opportunities after you finish your degree.

Rich culture

The UK is full of culture. People from all over the world have contributed to the food and tradition, so there’s plenty to get involved in. The UK has a fascinating history which you could spend years exploring – there won’t ever be a dull moment.

Travel hub

Exploring the rest of Europe while studying is easy when you’re in the UK. You can take a train to see wonderful European cities or fly to a vacation destination on one of the low-cost airlines.

Ensure you’re insured

It’s a wise plan to take out travel insurance on any international trip. Your home country’s medical insurance may not cover you when you’re abroad, and the last thing you need is to be responsible for a giant hospital bill.

A travel medical or student insurance plan will cover you in the event of sickness or injury during your studies.

Enjoy the UK

The Tier 4 visa is an excellent way to make your international study ambition a reality. Applying through a registered immigration advisor makes the process easy, ensuring you get everything right the first time so you can focus on preparing for your new experience.
Interested in getting a Tier 4 student visa? Sable International offers trusted visa services. They can give your application the greatest chance of success. Get in touch with one of their registered advisors at immigration@sableinternational.com or call +44 (0) 20 7759 5307. 

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