University of Huddersfield International Study Centre
To study at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Student visa applications work on a points-based system in the UK; if you score 40 points, you will be granted a visa. In order to apply for your visa, you must:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are a few examples of common credibility interview questions:
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.
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.
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.