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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 Program

    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

  • To pass the right to study check you must present, when requested, one of the following immigration documents:

    • A valid UK passport that states you are a British Citizen
      • If you hold a passport that states:
        • British Overseas Territories citizen
        • British Overseas citizen
        • British subject
        • British National (Overseas)
        • British protected person
      • You are subject to immigration control in the UK, and must apply for a visa to enter the UK for work or study.
    • A valid passport issued by an EU or EEA state
    • A valid Swiss passport
    • A valid passport issued by any other state AND a visa that allow you to undertake study in the UK

    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 be permitted to allow you to study.
  • There are two types of visas that allow you to study at the University, study visas, and other visas that permit incidental study:

    1: Study visas:

    Warwick Tier 4 - Not available for part-time study

    Short Term Study visa (STSV)

    These are visas that have been issued with a University of Warwick CAS, or, University of Warwick STSV support letter.

    You can not apply for either of these visas without a CAS (Tier 4) or a support letter (STSV).

    Please note:

    The University will only issue these to offer holders or current students if they meet the eligibility criteria.

    You will normally be asked if you need one of these:

    As part of the admissions process

    CAS & STSV support Letters for new students


    By requesting:

    A CAS from Student Immigration & Compliance - current students only

    A STSV support letter via your department

    2: Other visas that permit incidental study:

    Tier 1 visa

    Tier 2 visa

    Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme

    Tier 5 visa

    PBS Dependant visa

    Further Leave to Remain visa (FLR)

    Indefinite Leave to Remain visa (ILR)

    UK Ancestry visa

    UK Spouse visa

    EEA Family permit

    Refugee visa

    ARC - Subject to bail letter conditions

    Other/older visa types that are still valid AND allow for study - contact us to see if your visa allows study

    Please note:

    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.

  • We have included a web page which contains images of the most common types of visas we see which we hope may be useful for your reference.

    This list is not exhaustive and is for illustrative purposes only.

  • 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.