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Eligible students can request, or may be offered a period of Academic Extension, if they are unable to complete their course by the original course end date.
This means they have been given more time to complete their course.
This does not automatically extend your visa - please see guidance below.
Academic Extension is only available to postgraduate students.
It is administered by your department / Student Records, and therefore, any queries regarding Academic Extension should be directed to them. We can, of course, help you if you have a question about your visa.
Please click on the following links from Student Records:
If you are an Undergraduate Student:
You will not normally be eligible for academic extension.
You should speak to your department regarding your options and then contact us to get up-to-date visa advice based on your circumstances.
This depends on your situation.
To study at Warwick, you must hold a visa that confers the Right to Study at Warwick.
A Warwick sponsored Tier 4 visa does this, and is valid as long as the conditions of its issue are met, up to the expiry date printed on it.
A Tier 4 visa's validity period is made up of your course duration, as stated on your CAS, plus a short period at the beginning of the course to enable you to travel to the UK, and a period after the 'course end date' on your CAS known as the 'wrap up period'.
The wrap up period is usually 4 or 6 months after your course end date as listed on your CAS if you study a degree course.
This period of time is granted to enable you to either settle your affairs in the UK before you leave permanently or to switch to a different visa category/ a new sponsor that permits you to stay in the UK, for example, a Tier 2 work visa.
The UKVI will, however, allow you to use this wrap up period to complete your academic extension.
Therefore, if you feel you can complete your course in the time left on your visa, you do not have to make a visa extension application, as your current visa will cover your academic extension.
You will, however, be required to extend your ATAS (if your course requires it), as your ATAS certificate is only valid for an additional 3 months after the course end date on your CAS.
If you decide not to extend your Tier 4 visa, you will need to leave the UK or switch visa before your current visa expiry date.
If you do not have enough time in your current visa, or you wish to regain your full wrap up period, you can make a Tier 4 visa extension application.
You must submit a visa extension application while you still have an academic reason to do so.
You must submit your visa extension application BEFORE your course end date or visa end date, whichever is earlier.
You still have course to attend / work to submit / viva to attend.
If you have attended all lectures / submitted all work / attended your viva, and are waiting for your results, you will not be able to submit a visa extension application as you will no longer have an academic reason to do so.
Therefore, if you decide to extend your visa, make sure that you contact us and submit your visa application in good time (we recommend at least 1 month before your visa expiry date).
This depends on your circumstances:
Postgraduate Master's students, including taught and research Master's:
If an academic extension is granted which involves re-sitting an exam or repeating a module, either in the past or in the future, such as re-submitting a dissertation, you will be permitted to make a Tier 4 visa application either within the UK or outside of the UK for the extension period.
You will be able to do this as soon as your student record has been updated with this information (usually shortly after the exam board is held in November).
If you decide to make this application within the UK, you must submit your visa application before your current visa expiry date.
If you are required to re-sit multiple exams with long gaps in between, this will be considered 'resit without residence' and NOT academic extension. You should be aware that you may not be eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship for one or more of the exams. Please visit our 'Re-sit without residence' page for more information.
Where an academic extension is granted for any other reason, for example because you require additional time to complete a Master's degree before submitting your thesis, perhaps due to ill health, or you need additional time to complete a Master's by Research degree, you may need to make a new Tier 4 visa application from outside of the UK. Please contact us so that we can assess your individual situation and advise you accordingly.
If you decide not to extend your visa because your visa is long enough to cover the extension period, or, if you have decided and have obtained approval from your academic department, to spend your extension period outside of the UK, please remember to submit 'proof of departure' before your visa expiry date so that you do not receive further reminder emails about your visa expiry date.
PhD or other Doctorate level students:
You can make a Tier 4 visa application within the UK if:
- The extension is to enable you to complete the PhD or other doctoral qualification for which study was undertaken in the last grant of Tier 4 visa, and
- You have received an email confirmation from the Student Records team confirming the approval of your academic extension.
You can also make this Tier 4 application outside of the UK (and after your visa expiry date if you have no other choice), as long as you leave the UK before your current visa expiry date.
If you are eligible and decide to make this application within the UK, you must submit the application before your current visa expiry date.
If your course is subject to ATAS clearance and your new course end date is more than 3 months after the 'course end date' on your CAS, you must contact the Student Records Research Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request the necessary information which is required for a new ATAS application, even if your research summary has not changed.
If you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa before submitting your thesis for the first time, your course end date on your new CAS will usually include an additional 4-month period after the new thesis submission deadline to enable you to complete your viva. You should therefore be prepared to have financial evidence for up to 9 months' maintenance.
If you are currently overseas and need a new Tier 4 visa to return to the UK to complete the academic extension, please request a Remote CAS online.
If you are returning to the UK to undertake a viva only and do not intend to remain in the UK afterwards, you have the option to return using a Short Term Student Visa.
Please read the information on our website carefully to ensure that you will apply for the most appropriate visa for your situation.
To make your Tier 4 visa application:
- Your Student Record must be updated (for research students, you must have received a confirmation from the Student Records team that the extension has been approved).
- You must meet the visa application requirements.
- You must request a new CAS.
Click on the following links to read about making a Tier 4 application: