• David Willetts: new universities ‘converge on old models’

    Former universities minister says institutions do not always succeed in maintaining founding diversity as he predicts ‘growth agenda’ will win in the UK.

    David Willetts: new universities ‘converge on old models’

  • Applying for student visa

    You do not need to apply for your student visa until you are accepted by your education provider and have received formal proof of offer or enrolment. You can apply once you receive either a letter of offer or a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). However, if you submit only a letter of offer your visa cannot be granted until the CoE has been issued. You will need a student visa for the whole time that you study. You can apply for your student visa in person at your local Embassy or online. Sometimes in some certain countries you have an option of going through a migration or a visa agent.

    Applying for student visa

  • Foreign students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduating, in a policy U-turn on post-visa studies.

    International students are currently only permitted to remain in the UK for up to four months after completing their studies under rules that were introduced by Theresa May when she was the Home Secretary. The new strategy, announced by the Prime Minister, is aimed at boosting the appeal of Britain as a university destination for overseas students. From 2021, international students who enroll on undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD courses in the UK will be able to stay in the country for two years after they graduate. Under European Union (EU) laws, tuition fees for British and EU students are capped at £9,250 per year, but there is no limit on what universities can charge international students. Recruiting international students has become an important revenue stream for universities, with many investing large amounts of money in marketing themselves overseas as well as paying agents to drum up business in target countries. University chiefs welcomed the move, with Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, saying: “For too long the lack of post-study work opportunities in the UK has put us at a competitive disadvantage in attracting those students,” he said. We strongly welcome this policy change, which will put us back where we belong as a first choice study destination.” Boris Johnson's announcement is a reversal of from the reforms introduced by the Home Office in 2012, when Mrs May scrapped the post-study work visa which had allowed non-EU students to stay in the UK and work for up to two years after graduation. There are currently 460,000 foreign university students in the UK, generating £20 billion per year through education exports - which includes income from international students, English language training and education technology solutions being sold worldwide.

    Foreign students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduating, in a policy U-turn on post-visa studies.