Visa information

Applying for a student visa

In order to study in the UK at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

How do I apply for a student visa?

Student visa applications work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. The application process is as follows:

  • Apply for your chosen course at Royal Holloway International Study Centre.
  • Receive an offer.
  • Send your paperwork to be checked by the International Study Centre . The required documents will include financial statements, a TB certificate, IELTS scores, and academic grades if you have already received them. You will also pay your deposit and CAS fee at this point.
  • Receive a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is worth 30 points.
  • Apply for your visa, pay the application fee and include financial statements which prove that you have the funds to cover the course and your living costs. This will get you a further 10 points.
  • You may also be required to attend a credibility interview.
  • If you pass your credibility interview and the required checks, you will be issued with a visa.

When should I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa up to three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. How long it will take depends on which you country you are applying from. Make sure you apply early so that there is enough time for your application to be processed.

How long can I stay in the UK on a student visa?

If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you are allowed to arrive in the UK up to one month before your course starts. You can stay in the UK for an extra four months after your course ends.

Credibility interviews

What is a credibility interview?

Applicants from some countries are required to attend a credibility interview (also known as a visa interview). These are carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student, and are not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. You should take the interview seriously, but it is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are serious about studying in the UK.

Will I have a credibility interview?

Whether or not you are invited to a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from. Check whether or not you may be require a credibility interview here.

Where will my credibility interview take place?

You will be interviewed at your nearest Visa Application Centre when you submit your supporting documents. You will be interviewed by a member of UKVI staff in the UK via a video link.

How should I prepare for my credibility interview?

It is in your interest to be engaged in the interview process, and to demonstrate your reasons for wanting to apply for the International Study Centre. Make sre you have researched the university and your chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers, and try to go into more detail. The Entry Clearance Officer may be suspicious if they think you are repeating rehearsed answers.

What questions will I be asked in a credibility interview?

Below are examples of questions you may be asked during your credibility interview:

  • Why do you want to study at Royal Holloway International Study Centre?
  • How did you choose your course?
  • How will you fund your time in the UK?

What if my student visa is refused?

If your visa application is rejected by the UKVI, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond individually to each of the points raised in the refusal.