You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you: Have been offered a place on a course; Can speak, read, write and understand English; Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances;
Are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;
Meet the other eligibility requirements .
What you can and cannot do
Study Work as a student union sabbatical officer Apply from inside or outside the UK Apply from inside or outside the UK apply to extend your stay Work in most jobs – depending on what level your course is and what kind of sponsor you have
Get public funds
Work in certain jobs, for example professional sportsperson or sports coach
Study at an academy or a local authority-funded school (also known as a maintained school)
You may be able to bring in family members (dependants).
When to apply
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.
You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. You can check visa processing times for your country.
It costs £348 to apply for this visa from outside the UK. You must pay £348 per person for any dependants.
How long you can stay
You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months. How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.