Applying for a UK Student Visa

Posted 04 April 2013
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The United Kingdom is a great place to live and learn, with a rich cultural heritage, along with a warm and friendly people. Now that you’ve decided on the country you want to base your studies within, you’ll be eager to start applying for a UK student visa, but before that, you need to decide on which international college you want to study at.

When deciding where you want to study, take the time to consider all the things that you want to achieve during your time in the UK. You’ll want to find an international college that has a reputation for outstanding academic achievement and where a large number of its graduating students go on to some of the world’s top universities. It’s important to ensure that the college you eventually choose has a wide selection of courses on offer, along with a flexible and personalised approach to learning. Depending on which country you come from, your style of learning might be vastly different to that of students from other countries. It’s therefore vital to find a college that doesn’t adopt ‘a one size fits all’ approach to teaching, but actively works with students on a one-to-one level.

Student Visa - Help is at hand

Applying for a UK student visa will be a lot easier if you have the support of your designated school; institutions like Bellerbys International College have a number of full-time staff on hand to help guide you through the entire process from beginning to end. Once you’ve decided to study with us, you can simply refer to Bellerbys’ knowledgeable advisors if you come across any problems in your application. As the process of applying for a UK student visa can be quite time consuming, we recommend that you don’t leave it to the last minute and make sure that you have all the relevant documents ready before you start to fill them in. There is nothing more annoying than getting ready to start your application only to find that you need to send away for a vital piece of documentation. We recommend that you start applying for a UK student visa at least four weeks before the start of your course, though the earlier you can begin, the easier the process will be.

Your passport to a life of success

The first step is to find out what type of visa you need to apply for, as there are different ones depending on which course you are applying for and where you currently live. If you’re not sure which visa applies to you, you can simply go online to take the UK Border Agency’s UK visa questionnaire to discover which visa is the most appropriate for your circumstances. Since 2009, the UK Border Agency has been using a points based system for visa applications. Within this new system, most students will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa as this is for overseas applicants, not from the European Union, who want to study in the UK. Under this type of visa, students will need to be sponsored by an institution like Bellerbys, which is registered with the UK Border Agency and can therefore guarantee the legitimacy of the application. Bellerbys International College is listed as a Highly Trusted sponsor and is recognised by the British Accreditation Council. Once you’ve had your place on one of our courses confirmed by us, we’ll issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number which you will need to include when you apply for a UK student visa. Once you’ve sent in your application, all you need do is sit back and wait for the start of a bright new future at Bellerbys College.