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Right to Study / Visas That Allow Study At The University of Warwick

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To undertake any study in the UK, the university is required to make a ‘right to study’ check before allowing any academic engagement.

Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance.
  • Study means:

    Any academic engagement, whether award-bearing or not, with the University.

    This includes:

    Undergraduate courses

    Postgraduate taught courses

    Postgraduate research courses

    English Language courses

    International Foundation Programme

    Re-sitting examinations

    Re-submitting assessed coursework

    Attending a viva

    Undertaking a short course

    Visiting the University as part of a distance learning course

    Visiting PhD Research

    Visiting Undergraduate Research

    Any other activity that is not listed but is deemed as study by the immigration rules - contact us for further guidance

    but excludes:

    Attending a graduation ceremony

    Undertaking an internship (work)


    Research only placement

  • Automatic Right to Study:

    If you hold one of the following passports, and it is valid and in date, then you automatically hold the Right to Study in the UK at the University of Warwick:

    • A valid UK passport that states you are a British Citizen
    • A valid Irish passport that states you are an Irish Citizen

    If you cease to be a British or Irish Citizen whilst you are enrolled at the University, you will become subject to a Right to Study Check as below.

    If you are not a British or Irish Citizen

    You are subject to Immigration Control.

    This is also the case if you are a:

      • British Overseas Territories citizen
      • British Overseas citizen
      • British subject
      • British National (Overseas)
      • British protected person
      • EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

    This means, before you can begin your course, you must present to the University your Valid proof of Identity (Passport / Travel Document) and confirmation of Right to Study Document (Visa) for a Right to Study check.

    For information on what evidence is required, please refer to our Select Visa type webpage.

    Your immigration documents will then be checked to see if they are valid and confer the right to study:

    • If they pass:
      • You will be permitted to enrol
    • If they do not pass:
      • You will not be permitted to enrol.

    If you are unable to provide any evidence that meets the above criteria, education providers in the UK are not permitted to allow you to study.

    Please note:

    If your documents that confer the Right to Study, that is your Travel Document and / or visa, change, you will need to advise the University and undergo the Right to Study Check again.

  • There are many visa types which permit study at the University, some are issued specifically for study whereas other visa types permit incidental study:

    1: Study visas:

    Please click on the following links to see more information about these visas, including eligibility, application requirements, and how to submit an application:

    Student Visa, previously known as Warwick Tier 4 - Only available for residential study courses of 6 months or more.

    Standard Visit Visa - For short courses up to 6 months long, or, when a distance learning student is required to be on campus for less than 6 months, or, if you are taking re-sit, repeat or attending viva, or, if you are currently enrolled in an overseas institution and are looking to study at Warwick as an incoming visiting student or visiting researcher for up to 6 months.

    2: Other visas that permit study:

    Whilst some visa categories do not prohibit studying, there may be some risks and restrictions if you undertake full-time study on a non-student visa. A List of Visas that allows study can be found HERELink opens in a new window

    You can also check our Select Visa type webpage which offers information on what evidence you will be required to upload when completing Course Registration to demonstrate your 'right to study' at Warwick.

    You may not be eligible for the Graduate Route visa.

    If you decide to start a course at Warwick using a non-Student visa, please note that there are restrictions on the minimum amount of time you need to study on a Student visa in order to be eligible for the 2-year or 3-year Graduate Route visa (post study work visa). Take a look at our Graduate Route visa webpage and contact us BEFORE you enrol on the course if you require personalised immigration advice.

  • The name of the leave is present on your BRP and the UKVI decision letter.

  • If, after reading the information on the Student Immigration & Compliance webpages, you are still unsure which type of visa is most appropriate for you, or whether the visa you currently hold permits you to study, please contact us for advice.