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.

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    Visas

    To study at the University of Surrey, most international students will require a visa.

    The UK Government recently announced a new visa for international students that will open for applications from 5 October 2020.

    If you are applying or have applied before 9am (BST) on 5 October 2020 then it will have been for a Tier 4 visa.

    If you are applying or have applied after 9am (BST) on 5 October 2020 then it will have been for on the new Student visa.

    Both visas require you to:

    • Have been offered a place on a course
    • Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
    • Be able to speak, read, write and understand English.

    If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national considering entry into the UK to start a course after 31 December 2020 then you will need immigration permission to study in the UK. You will be able to apply for the new Student visa or if you meet the residency requirements you can make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Please note you must be resident in the UK before 31st December 2020 to make an application under the EUSS.

    If you have any questions or concerns about which visa to apply for or when to apply please contact internationalsupport@surrey.ac.uk.

    Some students who do not meet all of the criteria to be able to apply for one of the visas above can apply under the Short-Term Study Visa route. From 1 December 2020 onwards if you do not meet the criteria to apply for a Student Visa then you must apply under the Visit Visa category. If you unsure which visa to apply for or when to apply please contact internationalsupport@surrey.ac.uk.

    Please note that the Short-Term Study and Visit Visa route is only for students coming to study a course or returning to studies for 6months or less. Any student on a full-time course of more than six months must apply for either a Tier 4 visa or a new Student visa.

    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.

    Conditions of Service

    If you have accepted your place at the University of Surrey and have a complex visa issue that requires specific immigration or visa related advice, please read our Conditions of Service (PDF) and our Client Care Letter (PDF). If you agree with the statement in the letter please send a signed copy to internationalsupport@surrey.ac.uk.