Visa information

Applying for a visa

In order to study in the UK, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Will I be granted a student visa?

UK visa applications work via a points-based system. In order to be eligible for a visa, you must score 40 points. The visa process is as follows:

  • Apply for your chosen programme at Kingston University International Study Centre.
  • Receive an offer letter.
  • Send the requested documents to the International Study Centre to be processed. These will include financial statements, IELTS scores, a tuberculosis certificate, and exam results if you have already got them. 
  • Receive a CAS from the International Study Centre.
  • Apply for your visa, including financial statements which prove that you have the funds to cover the course and your living costs.
  • You may then be required to attend a credibility interview.
  • You will be informed whether or not your visa has been approved. 

When should I apply for a visa?

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.

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

If your course is between six and 12 months long, you may arrive in the UK up to one month before it starts. You are allowed to stay in the UK for an extra 4 months after your course end date.

Visa credibility interviews

Applicants from certain countries may be required to attend a credibility interview.

What is a credibility interview?

A credibility interview (also known as a visa interview) is designed to establish that you are a genuine student, and not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you are serious about studying here, and that you have researched your chosen course and university.

Where will I have my credibility interview?

You will be interviewed at your local Visa Application Centre, via a video link with a member of staff in the UK.

How should I prepare for a credibility interview?

Make sure you have researched Kingston University and are able to explain why you chose to study here. Give detailed answers, and try to speak as naturally as possible.

What questions will I be asked in a credibility interview?

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

You need to be able to tell the interviewer about the research you have done into universities, and why you think Kingston would be best for you.
Explain why you have decided to travel to the UK, rather than studying in your home country, or elsewhere.
Show that you have done your research, and have reasons for choosing this course over others.
You need to demonstrate that you are aware of the costs of higher education, and that you can afford tuition fees and living costs. 
Tell the interviewer how you hope your chosen course at Kingston University will help you in the future. 

What if my student visa is refused?

If you do 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. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.