Comprehensive Guide to UK Study Visas for Indian Students



Indians planning more than 6 months of post-secondary study from the UK as international students require a study visa. They can apply for a short-term study visa if planning to an English language course for up to 11 months. If you’re coming to study on a further or higher education course, apply for a student visa. Students aged between 4 to 17 years, coming to study at an independent school should apply for a Child Student visa.

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Eligibility to apply for a Study Visa for Higher Education

  1. A licensed student sponsor must offer the course. The sponsor shall share a CAS (Confirmation acceptance of studies) if it offers a place to you in the course. 
  2. Additionally, students must have an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for researching select sensitive topics,
  3. The student will need to show that she has enough money to support her education and herself. yourself. For courses 
    1. in London – students will need around 1300 pounds per month, for up to 9 months, excluding course fees. 
    2. outside London – students will need around 1000 pounds per month for up to 9 months. 
  4. If a student has a student loan or financial sponsorship, she will to provide evidence of this from your loan or sponsorship company.
  5. Students must have required English language proficiency – in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English to a certain level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. For degree level or above, the student must have CEFR level B2.

For visa application, students will need to find a visa application centre in India. Once chosen, the location can not be changed. The student can apply as early as 6 months before the start of your course. Visa decision usually takes up to 3 weeks. 


Securing a UK study visa involves understanding specific requirements like sponsorship, financial support, and English proficiency. Prospective students benefit from Respicite's career counselling and psychometric tests to navigate these complexities and make informed decisions for their educational journey in the UK.