From 1 December 2020, the Standard Visitor visa replaced the Short-term study visa for students coming to study in the UK for up to 6 months. The Short-term study is now only applicable to students coming to study English language courses lasting between 6 and 11 months.

If you are looking to come to UK to study at GCU for less than 6 months please refer to the requirements of the Visitor Visa. 

Further information

You can find out more about the Short term study visa on the's Short term study visa webpage.

This provides more information on:

  1. Eligibility
  2. Documents you must provide
  3. Apply

If you require further assistance, please get in touch with a VISA Advisor. 

What has changed on 1st December?

From 1 December 2020, only the following students can apply under the short-term student route:

  • you are aged 16 or older on the date of your immigration application
  • you have an offer of a place to study an English language course that is between six and 11 months long
  • you will not be studying any other subject
  • you must leave the UK within 30 days of the end of your course, or at the end of 11 months, whichever comes first
  • the course provider meets the definition of an 'accredited institution' - check this with them
  • you must apply for entry clearance before you come to the UK
  • you have enough money to be cover your fees, living costs, accommodation and the cost of your return or onward journey - you will have to provide evidence as set out in Appendix Finance
  • you must study only the course for which you are granted permission.

Other students who currently use the short-term student route will be able to enter under the visitor route.

This will affect European Economic Area and Swiss nationals who enter the UK on or after 11 pm on 31 December 2020, if you are not eligible to apply under the EU settlement scheme - Brexit - EU Settlement Scheme.

Full details of all changes are set out in Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 813.