Apply for your visas

If you are travelling to the United Kingdom (UK) to be a student, you may need to apply for a visa to enter the UK.

Advice for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you do not need immigration permission to study in the UK.

You can travel to the UK using your passport or ID card and there is no immigration restriction on studying.

List of EU and EEA countries.

Advice for non-EU/EEA nationals

If you are a national of a non-EU/EEA country, you must seek immigration permission to come to the UK.

Courses longer than six months

If you are coming to the UK for the main purpose of studying a course which is more than six months in length, you should apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa in your home country before travelling.

Tier 4 general visa

Courses less than six months

If you are coming to the UK for a course that is less than six months in length, and you do not wish to work (including work placements as part of your programme) or extend studies in the UK, you can apply to come to the UK as a short term student.

Short term student visa

Arriving to the UK via Ireland

If you are planning to apply for the Short-term study visa upon arrival at the UK port, you should not travel via the Republic of Ireland.

If you travel via the Republic of Ireland, you will not pass through UK immigration control and will not have to opportunity for the Short-term study visa to be stamped into your passport. This means that you will not have permission to study in the UK and you will not be able to enrol on your course at Edinburgh Napier University.

If you are travelling to Edinburgh from overseas, you should fly directly into Edinburgh airport or transit through one of the other airports on the UK mainland.

Help with your visa application

Visit our visa and immigration website for further information, or contact our International Support Team, who are on hand to guide you through the visa process.

Contact International Support