Visas for study abroad

Find out about visa requirements and costs early in your planning as they might affect your decision about where to apply.

Remember that getting your student visa is your responsibility and it can take longer than you think. Apply as soon as you've been accepted by your host institution, so your arrival isn't delayed.

Visa requirements

If you're an EU passport holder you won't need a visa to study in Europe, but you almost certainly will need a student visa to study elsewhere. Non-EU nationals need to check requirements for their country.

Financial evidence is part of the visa application for some countries.

Unfortunately we in the Study Abroad Office are not qualified to offer you detailed visa advice, so you will need to get up-to-date visa information direct from the relevant embassy or consulate websites. Be aware that immigration legislation changes frequently and without warning so make sure you get the most up-to-date information.

Visa costs

The cost and requirements of a visa application are something you should bear in mind when deciding where to study abroad. Student visas are usually more expensive than tourist visas.

The visa costs below (correct on 24/07/2018) may be subject to change without warning. They are based on fees for UK citizens using standard (rather than express) visa services. If you do not hold a British passport, this information may not be relevant to you. Confirm up-to-date figures on the relevant embassy or consulate websites:

  • Argentina: $250 consular fee, plus £45 ACRO Police Certificate and immigration tax
  • Australia: A$575
  • Brazil: £215, plus £45 ACRO Police Certificate and R$311,22 Federal Police fees for Foreign Registration and a Foreign ID card
  • Canada: C$150 for the Study Permit, plus C$112 for the certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) if studying in Quebec
  • Chile: £412 for the visa, plus £50-£100 for medical certificates and £45 ACRO Police Certificate
  • China: £150 for the visa, plus £35.25 application service fee
  • Hong Kong: Approximately HK$450 – this will vary depending on the university
  • Indonesia: £90
  • Israel: $25
  • Japan: £42
  • Mexico: $46
  • Morocco: £28 postal order, plus £45 ACRO Police Certificate, then approximately £75 on arrival
  • New Zealand: 270 NZD (online application), £170 plus £18 service fee (paper application)
  • Singapore: S$30 processing fee and S$60 issuance fee, and approximately S$80 for the required medical report
  • South Africa: £35 plus £40 service charge, plus £45 ACRO Police Certificate and £50-100 medical certificate plus cost of chest x-ray (speak to your doctor about this)
  • South Korea: £193
  • Taiwan: £50 (resident visa), plus £45 ACRO Police Certificate
  • Thailand: £125
  • Turkey: £348
  • USA: $160 visa application fee, $180 SEVIS fee, plus trip to London for visa interview