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Visas for international students at the Institute of Continuing Education

Unlike part-time degrees at many universities, the part-time courses at the University of Cambridge are not distance learning degrees where all study is undertaken remotely. You will be required to attend short teaching sessions in Cambridge (also referred to as residentials, workshops or day schools depending on the course). 

Students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will require an appropriate visa that permits study in order to attend the teaching sessions.  

In line with UK Home Office regulations, the University will be required to check your permission to study in the UK. You will be asked to present your original documents in person, which will be copied and retained. Students who do not present immigration documents which allow them to study on their course will not be permitted to start, or continue, their course.

Attendance on most courses can be supported under the short-term study immigration route. Prospective students are advised to check the visa information for specific course types outlined below. It is not possible to study these programmes as a visitor to the UK (tourist). Please note the University does not provide Tier 4 sponsorship for part-time study undertaken at the Institute of Continuing Education.

Students must apply in sufficiently good time for the appropriate visa to ensure they are able to start and complete their course of study at the Institute of Continuing Education. Entry to the UK is at the discretion of UK Visas and Immigration and Border Officials at the port of entry. The University cannot accept responsibility for decisions made by these government agencies.

Part-time Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

For students registered on a part-time Master of Studies (MSt), Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma, the University can support entry under the short-term study immigration route. Entry to the UK under the short-term study route has a number of expectations and restrictions which you should consider carefully. Further information is provided on the International Students website and prospective students are advised to read this in full. Students attending sessions taking place at intervals across the year are expected to leave the UK at the end of each session and return for the next. No more than 56 days should be spent in the UK in any 6 month period.

Pre-Masters

As the Pre-Masters is a full-time course, students will be sponsored for a Tier 4 visa. Detailed information on applying for this visa and students’ responsibilities under Tier 4 is outlined on the International Students website.

Undergraduate Certificates and Diplomas

The University only supports entry under the short-term study immigration route for undergraduate certificates and diplomas where attendance is required in Cambridge once a term. Entry to the UK under the short-term study route has a number of expectations and restrictions which you should consider carefully. Further information is provided on the International Students website and prospective students are advised to read this in full. Students attending sessions taking place at intervals across the year are expected to leave the UK at the end of each session and return for the next. No more than 56 days should be spent in the UK in any 6 month period.

Where attendance on an undergraduate certificate or diploma is required more regularly than once a term, the University does not support entry to the UK under the short-term study route. This means it will not be possible to undertake the course unless the student holds a UK visa in another category which permits study, for example a work visa.

International Summer Programmes

For information specifically for students attending our International Summer Programmes, read the visa guidance for Summer Programmes students.

Short Courses

The University can support entry under the short-term study route. Further information is provided on the International Students website

If you require a supporting letter for your visa application, please complete our online request form.

Course type: 
Master of Studies
Part-time Master's Degree
Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
Short Course (1 day)
Short Course (2-7 days)
Short Course (5 wks part-time)
Summer Programme
Summer Programme course
Undergraduate Certificate/Diploma
Topic: 
Visas
International students
Applying for a course

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Telephone

Course enquiries: +44 (0)1223 746262

International Summer Programmes: +44 (0)1223 760850

Madingley Hall reception: +44 (0)1223 746222 (open 24 hours)

ICE Opening Hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm (Mon - Fri)

 

Email

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