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In order to study in the UK at Durham University International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Your student visa application will work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. In order to apply for your visa, you must first:
You can apply for a visa from three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed. To learn more about the visa application process, visit the official government website.
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.
If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.
The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study or to supplement their income whilst studying. In most cases we expect this to be a part-time role for an established business/organisation (for example, a customer service role at a retailer). You can also work as part of a work placement, provided it is an integral and assessed part of your course.
A Tier 4 visa allows you to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time for any course you study below degree level or 20 hours per week during term-time for any course at degree level. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.
Whilst working on a Tier 4 visa, you are not able to:
If you stop studying before completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your visa conditions.
A credibility interview - also known as a visa interview - is carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. Not everyone will have one; it depends on which country you are applying from. If they believe you may be planning to use a student visa for holiday or work, they will refuse your visa application. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are coming to the UK for the right reasons.
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 the International Study Centre and your chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers, and try and go into more detail. The Entry Clearance Officer may be suspicious if they think you are repeating rehearsed answers.
What made this University stand out from the rest when you were deciding where to apply?
You need to demonstrate that you researched other options, and why you decided to apply for your chosen course at Durham University.
Given the large costs associated with studying abroad, students should have an understanding of how they will pay for their education.
Tell the interviewer why you hope studying at Durham University will help you finding a good job in the future.
It is important that you make it clear your main purpose for being in the UK is to study and that any employment or work placement is to gain practical work experience in your field of study.
You must also be clear that you understand that you will not be relying on any earnings you receive through working whilst studying to pay your programme fees and living costs. These must still be evidenced as part of your visa application. You should also demonstrate that you understand the number of hours you are allowed to work during your studies.
If you do not meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, 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 in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.
Check if you may be invited to a credibility interview
Check average processing times for your country
Find out the entry requirements for your course.
Our pathway programmes prepare you for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Durham University. Choose from the International Foundation Year, Pre-Masters and English Language Preparation programmes.