This information is for visitors coming in a visiting student capacity. The academic/research group that are inviting you should be able to help you establish whether you are coming as a visiting student or a visiting member of staff. If you are likely to be coming to the University in a visiting staff capacity, please visit the Human Resources webpage for information as visa options will be different.
If it has been established that you will be coming as a visiting student, we recommend that you at least start the visiting student application process with the relevant Faculty or School Office before seeking advice on the visa options. This is because you would need to meet a number of requirements (besides visa) in order to get an offer as a visiting student, and the visa options may be determined by which requirements you can meet. Below are the links to the different Schools and Faculties' visiting student webpages that give information about the application process and criteria. If the department that the inviting research group is in is not listed below, please use the Schools and Faculties Directory to find the contact details of the relevant Faculty Office.
Visa options for Visiting Students
Visiting students are ordinarily students registered on a degree-level programme at another institution who are coming to the University of Bristol for a short period of time to complete a period of research that or learn about research. The research must form part of, or be relevant to, the course at their main institution; the applicant should provide confirmation of this from their overseas education provider with their visiting student admission application. This confirmation will also be required for a Visitor visa application.
Visiting students must apply to come to the University via their Faculty or School Admissions team. Visa options for visiting students will depend on the length of their period of study at the University of Bristol, and are listed below.
- For full list of requirements please see our Student visa webpages
- Suitable for visits longer than 6 months and is generally offered only to those students coming for longer than 6 months
- Students would need leave the UK to apply for a new Student visa should their study be extended past their visa expiry date
- Application will need to be made and processed in advance of travel for all nationalities and will attract an application fee - please refer to the government website for a list of current costs and requirements
- There may also be an Immigration Health Surcharge fee to pay in addition. This applies if the visa will be longer than 6 months in duration. Current rates are at detailed on this website. If the health surcharge is applicable and paid, students can use the National Health Service in the UK
- Students are allowed to do some work (with restrictions) in the UK. Please visit our website for further information
- Students on longer courses are allowed to bring dependants with them to the UK. Please contact a Student Visa Adviser for further guidance if you have dependants
- Please note that from December 2020, the Standard Visitor visa has replaced the Short-Term Study visa for most short-term study purposes, except for English language courses. If you need to obtain a visa before travelling, please make sure you apply for the Visitor visa (for study purposes) as opposed to the Short-term study visa
- Please visit this webpage for the overview of requirements
- Limited to stays for up to 6 months and cannot be extended. Students can however leave the UK to apply for a Student visa from their country of residence should their study dates be extended
- Some nationalities can get this visa for free at the UK border without needing to apply in advance. These nationalities will be told "you do not need a visa" if they use this tool. This wording means that they apply for and obtain a visa at the border rather than in advance of travel. In cases of nationalities eligible to use eGates leave is granted verbally with no stamp, so those students must retain proof of travel
- Students who need to apply in advance will need to allow time for their application and pay a visa fee. Please visit this website for more information about current fees. Applications can take several weeks to be processed.
- Students cannot use the National Health Service, except for to receive treatment that is free for everyone. For more information, please visit the UKCISA website
- Students cannot do paid or voluntary work
- Students cannot bring dependants unless dependants apply as Visitors in their own right. Please contact a Student Visa Adviser for further guidance if you have dependants
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