Applying for a visa

In order to study in the UK at the University of Leicester International Study Centre., you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

How do I apply for a student visa?

Your student visa application will work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. In order to apply for your visa, you must first:

  • Apply for your a programme at University of Leicester International Study Centre.
  • Receive an offer of a place on your chosen programme
  • Send documents to be checked by the International Study Centre, including IELTS scores, financial information, tuberculosis certificate and academic results (if you have already received them). 
  • Pay a deposit and CAS payment to the International Study Centre. 
  • Receive a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is worth 30 points. 
  • Apply for your visa, providing financial statements which prove that you have the funds to cover the course and your living costs. This will get you a further 10 points.
  • You may also be required to attend a credibility interview.

You will be contacted to let you know whether or not your visa application has been successful.

When should I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa from three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.

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

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

Visa credibility interviews

You may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. The purpose is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. The interview is nothing to worry about if you have done some research. The process is just designed to filter out people who might be planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.

Will I need a credibility interview?

Whether or not you will be invited for a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from. Find a list of nationalities that are not required to interview here.

Where will my credibility interview take place? 

Credibility interviews usually take place in your local Visa Application Centre, via video link. You will be interviewed by an ECO based in the UK.

How should I prepare for my credibility interview?

Make sure you have done some detailed research on the University of Leicester International Study Centre, including accommodation options, costs, and the local area. It is also useful to familiarise yourself with the content of your chosen course.

What questions will I be asked in a credibility interview?

Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, because your answers may raise concern with interviewers if they think you are not taking the process seriously.

Be honest, and avoid yes and no answers. Talk as naturally as possible, as interviewers may be alarmed if they believe you are repeating rehearsed answers.

With so many countries now offering high standards of further education, the interviewer will want to know why you have chosen the UK, and not somewhere else.
Tell the interviewer what appeals to you about the University of Leicester International Study Centre, and why you chose it over other universities.
Demonstrate that you can afford your tuition fees and UK living costs.

What if my visa application is rejected?

If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. International Study Centre staff can help you with this process.