Keele University

Applying for a visa

You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study at Keele University International Study Centre.

Will I be eligible for a student visa?

There are three main requirements for those who want to study in the UK:

  • You must have been offered a place on a course.
  • You must have enough money to fund your lifestyle and pay for your course.
  • You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English to a good level.

The visa process

Visa applications work via a points-based system. If you gain 40 points, you will be granted a visa.

  • The first step is to apply for your chosen programme at the International Study Centre. 
  • Receive an offer of a place on the programme. This is worth 30 points. 
  • Send your supporting documents to be checked by a member of staff at the International Study Centre. Requested documents include IELTS scores, financial statements, medical certificates, and academic results if you have already received them.
  • Obtain a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Study) from the International Study Centre. This is worth a further 10 points. 
  • You will need to provide financial statements.
  • You may also be required to attend a credibility interview.
  • The UKVI will contact you to let you know whether or not your application has been successful.

When should I apply for a visa?

You should make sure you apply early, to leave enough time for your application to be processed. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course begins.

How long can I stay in the UK on a student visa?

If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you are allowed to arrive in the UK up to one month before your course starts. You can stay in the UK for a further 4 months after your course end date.


Visa credibility interviews

Applicants from certain countries may be required to attend a credibility interview (also known as a visa interview). The purpose of this is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to check that you are applying for the right reasons. You need to show you are a serious student, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. If you have done your research, the interview is nothing to worry about. The process is just designed to check people are not planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.

Where will my credibility interview take place?

You will normally be interviewed at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is via a secure video system and you will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff who is in the UK.

How should I prepare?

Think about why you decided on your chosen course, and how you hope it will help you in the future. Find out about Keele University International Study Centre and the local area.

What questions will I be asked?

Here are a few examples of questions you may be asked during the course of your interview:

  • Why did you choose Keele University International Study Centre?
  • Which course will you be studying, and why? 
  • How will you fund your time in the UK?

Think carefully before answering, and try to be as honest and detailed as possible. Talk naturally; you do not want to look like you are repeating pre-prepared answers.

What if my visa is refused?

If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made. This requires you to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal. You must submit your Administrative Review from outside the UK.