If you are an international student (outside the European Union/EEA) you will be required to apply for either a Tier 4 student visa or a Short-term study visa. You will require a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the University of Glasgow in order that you can make a Tier 4 visa application. We will issue CAS to all international students who have received and accepted an unconditional offer, normally from three months prior to the start of the programme and you usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. If you want to apply for a Short-term study visa we will issue a letter of support.
You can check visa processing times for your country HERE.
If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa then you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) before you can make a visa application.
If you intend to travel to the UK via Dublin you will not pass through any UK immigration point and will therefore not be able to obtain Leave to Enter as a Student Visitor on arrival. Therefore, you must apply for Entry Clearance before leaving your own country even if your course is for less than 6 months.
Student Responsibilities Under Tier 4 Visas
If the University of Glasgow has issued you with a Confirmation of Studies (CAS) to obtain your student visa for the UK, the University must comply with UK Border Agency (UKBA) regulations regarding attendance monitoring and absence reporting as well as checking that you have the necessary documentation and permission allowing you to undertake study in the UK. You will therefore have to register at the appointed time; provide appropriate documents, e.g. passport, UK biometric ID card; ensure that you attend your course and if you can’t, make sure that your School knows why you are not attending; apply for visa extensions in good time and pass details of any visa extensions to the University’s Points Based Compliance Officer in Registry; notify changes of address to the University, UKBA and the Immigration & Nationality Police if you have a Police Registration Certificate. For full details of these responsibilities please refer to the important information on the Registry Tier 4 pages.
Please also see the UKCISA Protecting your Tier 4 status information.
Note that for a number of reasons we recommend that you apply for the Tier 4 visa, including:
- The Tier 4 visa will be valid for the UK for the entire two-year duration of the programme. This also means that should any new travel restrictions arise to Ireland or Italy after the first semester, you will be able to remain in the UK until these are lifted.
- If you have to make any subsequent visa applications from within the UK, most Embassies will only accept applications from students who have a Tier 4 visa. For example, if you are studying on Study Track A and require a visa to study in Ireland, you will only be able to apply for this from the UK if you have a Tier 4 UK visa.
- Only the Tier 4 visa will allow you to apply for the UK post-study work visa under current plans for students beginning their studies in 2020, details of which can be found here. Please also see p14 of this document.
Student visas/residence permits for future mobilities
Students who are non-visa nationals for Ireland are not required to apply for a visa to study there. However, you will still be required to carry certain documentation when you travel, and you will be required to register with Immigration once you have arrived in Ireland.
Students who are visa nationals for Ireland can apply for their Irish visa via the Irish Embassy in London.
You can check if you require a visa here (please choose that you will be coming for study for more than three months).
Under new EU regulations, it should now be possible to apply for a study visa for any Schengen country up to six months in advance of arrival. This means that students on Study Track B can apply for your Italian study visa from your home country before coming to the UK. Details of the new regulations can be found here. If you are going to Italy in the second semester you should contact the local Italian Embassy in your home country for details of how to apply.
During the IMSISS programme you will be given detailed guidance and assistance in applying for your student visa/residence permit for future mobilities.
IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that visas are obtained in time to start the relevant mobility period of the programme.