University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Visa information

Applying for a visa

To study at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

How do I get a UK student visa?

In order to apply for your visa, you must:

  • Apply for your a programme at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre.
  • Receive an offer of a place on your chosen programme.
  • Send documents to be checked by the Admissions team or your Student Enrolment Adviser, including IELTS scores, financial information, tuberculosis certificate and academic results (if you have already received them).
  • Pay a deposit and CAS payment.
  • Receive a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
  • Apply for your visa, providing financial statements which prove that you have the funds to cover the course and your living costs.
  • You may also be required to attend a credibility interview.
  • You will be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration to let you know whether or not your visa application has been successful.

When should I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa up to three months before your course start date. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed. You can check average processing times for your country here.

How long can I stay in the UK with a student visa?

In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.

Can I work during my pathway programme?

If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.

The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study or to supplement their income whilst studying. In most cases we expect this to be a part-time role for an established business/organisation (for example, a customer service role at a retailer). You can also work as part of a work placement, provided it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

A Tier 4 visa allows you to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time for any course you study below degree level or 20 hours per week during term-time for any course at degree level. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.

Whilst working on a Tier 4 visa, you are not able to:

  • be employed as a doctor in training (except on a recognised foundation programme)
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson (including a sports coach)
  • be employed as an entertainer
  • be self-employed (except where you are awaiting a decision on an application for leave to remain as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
  • engage in business activity
  • fill a full-time, permanent vacancy (except on a recognised foundation programme or as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer).

 If you stop studying before completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your visa conditions.

Visa credibility interviews

What is a credibility interview?

A credibility interview is designed to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. In the interview, an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) will try to establish that you are a genuine student, and not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. The purpose of the interview is to show that you are serious about studying at a UK university, and that you have researched your chosen course and university.

Where will I have my credibility interview?

You will normally be interviewed at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is via a secure video system and you will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff based in the UK.

How should I prepare for a credibility interview?

Make sure you have researched the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre and the local area, and are able to explain why you chose it.

What questions will I be asked in a credibility interview?

Below are a few examples of common credibility interview questions:

Explain to the interviewer why you have chosen to go to university in the UK, rather than in another country. 
Tell the interviewer why you think the University of Huddersfield would be a good fit for you. Think about its location, the courses offered and other research you have done.
You need to convince the interviewer that you know the expense associated with studying abroad, and that you have the funds available to cover your living costs and tuition fees. 

It is important that you make it clear your main purpose for being in the UK is to study and that any employment or work placement is to gain practical work experience in your field of study.

You must also be clear that you understand that you will not be relying on any earnings you receive through working whilst studying to pay your programme fees and living costs. These must still be evidenced as part of your visa application. You should also demonstrate that you understand the number of hours you are allowed to work during your studies.

What if my student visa is refused?

If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. International Study Centre staff can help you with this process.

Combined visa

The International Year One and Pre-Master’s programmes offer a combined visa, issued by the University for the duration of your studies. The visa covers the duration of your studies at both the International Study Centre and the University of Huddersfield.

  • No need to return home to apply for a new visa between your International Year One and chosen undergraduate degree
  • Over 30 alternatives to IELTS accepted as proof of your English language level
  • Allows you to work up to 20 hours per week, enhancing CV and graduate prospects
  • Suitable for students who have previously studied academic subjects in the UK.
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