No. 9 – Which Student Visa Do I Need?
Type of student visa
|Who can apply?|
|You can apply as a child student if you are between 4
and 17 years old.
If you are between 4 and 15 years old, you must be
You can apply as a child visitor if you are 17 years old or under and you
You will not be able to switch and apply for a child student visa while you
If you want to apply for a child student visa, you must apply from the
|Adult student||You can apply as an adult student if you are coming to
the UK for your post-16 education.
You can apply as a student visitor if you are 18 years old or over, you want
You will not be able to switch and apply for an adult student visa while you
If you want to apply for an adult student visa, you must apply from the
You can apply as a prospective student if you want to come to the UK to help
You will be able to switch and apply for an adult or child student visa while
16 and 17 year old students applying to come for more than six
You and your approved education provider should agree whether you need to
apply for an adult or child student visa.
If you will be studying a course below National Qualification Framework level
3, you must apply as a child student.
If your course is at National Qualification Framework level 3 (or equivalent)
or above and is longer than two years, the UK Border Agency recommends you apply as
an adult student.
If you want to study for an English language qualification at Common European
Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level A2 or above, you must
apply as an adult student.
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