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. If you opt for a Tier 4 visa, please note that if you decide not to return to Glasgow for Mobility period 4, sponsorship of your Tier 4 visa will be withdrawn (at the point it is known that you will not return).
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.
Student visas/residence permits for future mobilities
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.