If you are coming to Stirling for a Pre-Sessional English Course or another short course in preparation for further study in the UK, you should apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa. You should follow the advice for students who will be studying for more than six months.
If your study period is less than six months (for example if you are coming for one semester only) then you are advised to enter the UK as a ‘Student Visitor’. Student Visitors are normally permitted to enter the UK for six months, and are not permitted to work or to extend their stay beyond six months.
You should follow the following procedure:
When you arrive in the UK it is very important that you explain to the Border Agent that you are coming to the UK for a short course of study so that they classify you as a “Student Visitor” instead of a “General Visitor”.
If your study period is less than six months and you have a specific reason for applying for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa instead of
entering as a Student Visitor (for example if your course includes a work placement and you need to have permission to work), you must contact us as soon as you receive an offer of a place at Stirling. If we issue a CAS you should follow the advice for students who will be studying for more than six months.
There is no routine passport control between Dublin and the UK. This means that you may not pass through passport control in the UK if you arrive from Dublin. If you do not normally need a visa as a Student Visitor (see step 1 above) and you arrive from Dublin without a visa, you will be deemed to have three months’ permission to stay in the UK, with a prohibition on employment. You should keep your flight confirmation papers and emails to show when you entered the UK. If you need to stay more than three months you should aim to leave the UK and re-enter within three months of arrival so that you can ask for entry as a student visitor. For more advice about this please contact the International Student Adviser.