Adding a work placement or study abroad

As a Student visa holder you are permitted to undertake a work placement/year in industry or study abroad period as part of your course, providing it is an integral and assessed part of the course.  The University will remain responsible for you throughout your work placement/year in industry or study abroad.  Our team can provide you with a letter for your work placement employer if required.

1) Transferring onto a course to include a work placement/year in industry or study abroad year at the same level you are currently studying

If you would like to transfer onto a programme at the same level of study, to include a work placement/year in industry or study abroad year, please note the following:

  • You will be required to apply for a new Student visa if your new course requires an additional year/s of study.
  • You can make this visa application in the UK or in your home country.
  • You can make the visa application either before you start your work placement/year in industry or study abroad or after you have completed your work placement/year in industry or study abroad, but not during the work placement/year in industry or study abroad.
  • You will be required to apply for a new ATAS certificate (if your course requires one) before you transfer onto a course to include a work placement/year in industry or study abroad period. 
If you make the visa application before you start your work placement/year in industry or study abroad:
  • you must ensure that you have time to receive the decision before you commence the work placement/year in industry or study abroad.  If you do not, you should apply for your visa after you have completed your work placement/year in industry or study abroad and before returning to the University to complete your course.
  • and are travelling abroad, you must ensure that you have time to receive the decision on your application before your intended date of travel as leaving the UK (if you applied in the UK) or requesting your passport back for the purpose of travel (if you applied in your home country) will result in your visa application being withdrawn. 

If you make the visa application after completing your work placement/year in industry or study abroad:

  • you must make the application no more than 3 months before the start date of your course resuming in September if you are applying in the UK or 6 months before the start date if you are applying outside the UK – the start date will be stated on your CAS.
  • you will be required to apply for and hold a new ATAS certificate (if your course requires one) before you apply for your Student visa

2) Transferring onto a course to include a work placement/year in industry or study abroad year at a higher level of study than your current course

If you are a Student visa holder and would like to transfer onto a programme at a higher level of study, e.g. BEng to MEng, to include a work placement/year in industry or study abroad year, you are required to apply for a new visa before you transfer as you will be studying a higher level, please note the following:

  • You will be required to apply for a new Student visa as you will be studying a new level course and your new course requires additional further year/s of study.
  • You can make this visa application in the UK or in your home country.
  • You will need to make the visa application before you start the new course if you are staying in the UK for the duration of your work placement/year in industry.
  • If the new course requires ATAS you will need to apply for ATAS before commencing your new course.

 3) What you need to do next:

  • Consider where and when you will be making a new visa application.
  • Prepare your visa application documents, including financial documents, when necessary.
  • Apply for ATAS (if required).
  • Complete your transfer form and have it signed by a Student Visa Adviser
  • Complete a CAS eligibility form prior to applying for your new visa

All Student visa holders must have transfer forms signed by a Student Visa Adviser prior to transfer to confirm that you have been given visa advice.  Contact us to have your transfer form signed.  You will need a new CAS to apply for a new visa.  When we sign your transfer form we will give you a CAS eligibility form to complete so that we can check if you meet the requirements for a new CAS.  

We hope that this information helps you to understand the Student visa requirements and conditions when transferring onto a work placement/year in industry or study abroad, please contact us if you have any further questions.

Edit this page