Visas and immigration

If you’re an international student you may need to apply for a visa or approval by the Academic Technology Approval Scheme before commencing your studies at Surrey.

    Visas

    To study at the University of Surrey, international students require a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

    Tier 4 is the student tier of the Points Based System for immigration (PBS), operated by the Home Office.

    To apply for a Tier 4 visa you must: 

    • Have been offered a place on a course
    • Be from a country that is not in the European Economic Areas (EEA) or Switzerland
    • Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
    • Be able to speak, read, write and understand English

    Learn more about applying for a visa.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

    Once you have been offered an unconditional place on one of our programmes, we will issue you with a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will need to enter this number on to your visa application. 

    Learn more about obtaining a CAS.

    Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

    You may need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in order to study certain subjects in the UK.

    Students applying for postgraduate study in certain sensitive subjects, knowledge of which could be used in programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their means of delivery, will need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can study in the UK. 

    If you are a UK, EEA or Swiss national you do not need to apply for an ATAS certificate. 

    Learn more about applying for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.