Students at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre applying for one of our integrated programmes will benefit from an Integrated CAS (iCAS) – with visa sponsorship from the University for the full duration of their integrated programme. You will benefit from only needing to make one visa application to study in the UK, saving you time and money as you won’t need to obtain a new visa before you progress to your course of study with the University. Please note the International Foundation Year programme is offered on a Study Group CAS.
Most of the courses at the University of Huddersfield include the opportunity to gain industry experience. Once you progress from your pathway programme and start your degree, you may have the opportunity to opt to take a placement year.
As a Student visa holder you can complete a work placement as part of your study in the UK. The University will work with you to arrange a visa extension to cover your placement year.
Visa credibility interviews
You may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. The purpose is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. If you have done your research, the interview is nothing to worry about. The process is just designed to filter out people who are planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.
Whether or not you will be invited for a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from. However, the UKVI reserve the right to interview students from any country if they think it is necessary to do so.
Credibility interviews normally take place in your local Visa Application Centre, via a video link. You will be interviewed by an ECO based in the UK.
Make sure you have done some detailed research on the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre, as well as accommodation options, costs, and the local area. Also familiarise yourself with the content of your chosen course.
Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, because interviewers expect you to take the process seriously. Be honest, and avoid yes and no answers. Talk as naturally as possible; you do not want to look like you are repeating pre-prepared answers.
- Why did you choose the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre?
What made you choose the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre, rather than another institution? Consider what your reasons are for choosing to study at this institution, and ensure you are able to communicate these with your interviewer.
- Did you consider other courses?
Tell the interviewer about your research. Did you look at other options, and how did you decide this course was the best for you? How will it fit in with your future career plans?
- Why do you want to study in the UK?
With so many countries offering higher education, why does the UK appeal the most?
Make clear that your main purpose for being in the UK is to study, and that any employment or work placement would be to gain practical work experience in your field of study. Show that you understand that you won’t be relying on any earnings to fund your education or living costs. You should show that you understand the number of hours you are permitted to work during your studies, both in term time and holiday periods.
What support is available?
As part of your Student visa application, you may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s Immigration Rules.
To help you prepare for a UKVI credibility interview and reduce your chances of a visa refusal, our UK Visa and Compliance Team conduct Pre-CAS interviews. If you have been identified as requiring a Pre-CAS interview, then you must attend one before your CAS can be issued. You will receive more information about this once you have confirmed your place.
As part of your visa application, you may be asked to submit financial evidence to prove you have enough funds to study in the UK. You do not need to prove you have enough money to support yourself if you are exempt or are a national from one of the following countries listed here, however you might be asked to provide this evidence before you get a decision on your application.
Our Visa and Compliance team help support your visa application by conducting financial document checks after your pre-CAS interview and before you receive your CAS.
Your agent representative will receive an email when to upload your financial documents for approval. It is important to read the requirements carefully to submit the correct and complete documents.
For any questions relating to financial document check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my visa is refused?
If you do meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made by the ECO. This requires you to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal and you must submit your Administrative Review from outside the UK.
If you are applying from the UK and your visa is refused, you must apply for an administrative review within 14 days of getting the decision.
How long can I stay in the UK on a student visa?
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, permission to stay will also be granted depending on your length of course.
Receive your CAS up to 6 months before you arrive
We are now able to issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) up to 6 months prior to arriving in the UK.
Check the academic and English language entry requirements when you are considering which programme is right for you.
View our fees page to learn about the cost of studying with the International Study Centre.
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