VISA Information

Important Visa Information

All international students will require a standard Visitor visa to attend the GCU’s International Summer School. Students from the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland who have not been granted pre-settled or settled status, following the end of the Brexit transition period from 1st January 2021, will also require a standard visitor visa to attend. The Visa Immigration Support and Advice (VISA) Team at GCU are trained to give you advice and assistance on the application process and can check any supporting documents for you before your submission.

If you are considering or have already applied to attend one of our courses please contact the VISA Team for further information and guidance:

The application process normally takes three weeks and can be submitted at your nearest visa processing centre up to 3 months before your course begins once we have confirmed your place.

Please be aware that the gov.uk website www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa appears to indicate that EU/EEA and non-visa nationals do not require a visa to enter the UK. To clarify, an EU/EEA or non-visa national coming to participate in a course for fewer than 6 months does require UK immigration permission but can secure the correct visa at port of entry to the UK rather than in advance of travel. If you intend to do this you will still require a letter of support from the University and should carry all the required supporting documents in your hand luggage. You may also be eligible to use the electronic E-Gates. Please note if your passport is not stamped you must retain your boarding pass as evidence of date of arrival to register for your course at GCU.