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THE UK: Visa Guides

'Timeline for applying for a UK student visa' [VIDEO]

Watch the video below to find out how long it typically takes to apply for a student visa in the UK

University student application

Learn about the rough timeline that international students should follow when applying for a student visa in the UK. We spoke to Lizzie Huckle, Senior International Student Adviser at City University, London about application dates, processing times and deadlines students should expect when applying for a UK student visa.

Watch the video below from our Google Hangout with Lizzie Huckle (there’s also a quick summary after the video).

  • Processing Times—Learn how visa processing times vary in different parts of the world, and at different times of the year (0:11)
  • Application Dates—Learn how long before the commencement of your study programme you should lodge your visa application (0:23)
  • Minimum—Find out the minimum amount of time you should leave for your visa to be processed (1:00)
  • Too Late—Learn what you can do if you won’t have a visa in time to meet your study programme’s attendance requirements, or won’t make the application cut-off date (2:10)


Useful Links

Applying for a UK Student Visa

Visa Conditions for Working While Studying in the UK

Why Study in the UK?

The UK Higher Education System...Simplified

Applying to Study in the UK

Learn more about City University, London


Watch more clips from our Hangout with Lizzie Huckle:

‘Can International Students Work in the UK?’

‘How do you keep your UK Student Visa?’

‘How Much is a UK Student Visa?’

‘What Documents are needed for a UK Student Visa?’

‘What is the Interview Process for a UK Student Visa?’

‘What’s the No.1 Immigration Problem for International Students in the UK?’

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