You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study at Keele University International Study Centre.
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 and you must be able to speak, read, write and understand English to a good level. If you meet these requirements, you are likely to be eligible for a student visa for studying abroad.
Visa applications work via a points-based system. If you gain 40 points, you will be granted a visa.
Apply for your visa as early as you can to make sure there is enough time for your visa application to be processed. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course begins. As soon as you apply to study at the International Study Centre, you can begin getting your documents together.
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.
Find more information on student visas here.
If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.
The Tier 4 visa allows students to come to the UK to study. It also means that students can work alongside their studies, gaining life skills for the future. This should usually be a part-time role for an established business or organisation.
You may work a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time for any course below degree level and 20 hours for any course at degree level. You may work full time (up to 40 hours per week) during term breaks. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.
If allowed to work as part of their Tier 4 visa, students are not able to:
Find more information on working during your studies at UKCISA.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few examples of questions you may be asked during the course of your interview:
You should be able to explain why you chose Keele, over other universities in the UK and other countries.
Tell the interviewer what interests you about your course and where you hope the qualification will get you in the future.
You need to assure the interviewer that you have the funds to cover your tuition fees and living costs while living in the UK.
It's important that you make it clear that your main purpose for being in the UK is to study and that any employment is to gain practical work experience to help you in the future.
You also must be clear that you understand that you won't rely on any earnings you receive through working whilst studying to pay programme fees and living costs. These must still be evidenced as part of your visa application. You should also demonstrate that you understand of the number of hours you are allowed to work during your studies.
Think carefully before answering and try to be as honest and detailed as possible. Talk naturally and relax; you do not want to look like you are repeating pre-prepared answers.
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.