International Study Centre
You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at Lancaster University International Study Centre.
Visa applications in the UK are awarded via a points system. If you earn enough points, you will be granted a visa. The process is as follows:
You can apply for a visa up to three months before your course start date. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed. Check average visa processing times for your country here.
If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, and your course is between six and 12 months long, you may arrive in the UK up to one month before it starts. You can stay in the UK for an extra 4 months after the end date of your programme.
Credibility interviews, also known as visa interviews, are designed to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. In the interview, an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) will try to establish that you are a genuine student, and not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. The purpose of the interview is to show that you are serious, and that you have researched your chosen course and university.
Whether or not you are invited to a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from. Check if you may need to have one here.
You will normally be interviewed at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is via a secure video system and you will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff who is in the UK.
Make sure you have researched Lancaster University International Study Centre, its local area, and the content of your chosen course. Think about your reasons for wanting to study there.
Tell the interviewer your reasons for wanting to study at Lancaster.
You should be able to explain why you have decided you would prefer to study in the UK, and not in your home country or somewhere else abroad.
Show the interviewer that you have done your research into the best course for you.
The interview will expect you to demonstrate that you can afford to live and study in the UK.
You need to show that you are planning for the future, and that you are serious about getting a degree from a UK university.
If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.