Canterbury College is a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor for the Tier 4 Points Based System, and we are therefore licensed to welcome international students wanting to study in the UK.
You can study in the UK without needing to apply for a student visa if one of the following applies to you:
- You are a national of a country in the EU/European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- You are a British overseas territories citizen, unless you are from one of the sovereign base areas in Cyprus
- You are a Commonwealth citizen with permission to enter or stay in the UK because at least one of your grandparents was born here
- You have no conditions or time limit attached to your stay
All other students will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Please note that although you may not require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK to study with us, you may still be classified as an International student for fee paying purposes.
Canterbury College is fully licensed by the UKBA to sponsor overseas students who wish to study at its premises under the new initiative called Points Based System (PBS). As part of our sponsorship of students, we are required to report any unauthorised absences, so all international students will have to abide by our attendance monitoring procedures.
Please note that this information is correct at time of publishing, but is subject to change. For the most accurate information please refer to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or ask your immigration consultant.
How long can I stay?
|Length of Course||Length of Stay Allowed|
|12 months or more||The full length of your course plus 4 months after the end of your course|
|At least 6 months but less than 12 months||The full length of your course plus 2 months after the end of your course|
|Less than 6 months||The full length of your course plus 7 days after the end of your course|
If you are 18 years old or older, you can spend no more than three years in the UK studying below UK bachelor’s degree level as a Tier 4 student during your lifetime. This does not include any time that you have spent studying below UK bachelor’s degree level when you were under 18.
If you are 18 years old or over, you can spend no more than 5 years in the UK studying at or above UK bachelor’s degre level as a Tier 4 student. This 5-year limit is in addition to any time spent studying below degree level as a Tier 4 student.
What I need to do to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa?
Under the current points based system (PBS) you need 40 points to be able to apply for a student visa in the UK and you must provide the proof needed along with your application form.
|Points||What you receive points for||Proof required|
|30||Taking a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider and having an acceptable level of English||Valid confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from an approved education provider and the documents used to receive the CAS (exam certificates etc.). An IELTS certificate|
|10||Sufficient funds to cover the course fees and your living expenses||Payment of 50% of your course fees and a bank statement or letter confirming you have at least £7,200 available to you|
Canterbury College requires that you have proof of an acceptable level of English equivalent to at least IELTS 5.5 before you can be accepted on to your course and issued a CAS. A higher level may be required for some courses, please contact the international office for more information and to find out where and how you can take an IETLS test at email@example.com.
The money that you need includes course fees and monthly living costs.
|Length of course||Money Needed|
|9 months or less||Course fees £800 for each month of the course|
|More than 9 months||First year of fees £7,200 to cover 9 months in the UK|
Cost of a Tier 4 Student Visa
The Tier 4 student visa application fee depends on where you apply from and how you do it.
|Application made from||Fee|
|Inside the UK by post||£406|
|Inside the UK at the Public Enquiry Office||£781|
|Outside the UK||£298|
Acceptable Level of Course
You can take courses that lead to an approved qualification and are:
- Approved at level 3 or above on the National Qualifications Framework (if below level 6, the institution needs to be a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor under the Tier 4 Points Based System)
- Demonstrating academic progression (you cannot study at the level equal to or below that which you have already achieved)
- An English Language course at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
If you need to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa, and you have received an offer from us, we will send out a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter (also known as a CAS) once we have received your 50% course fee deposit.
This shows that we are “sponsoring” your visa application and it will show all the information that the Home Office requires including how much you have paid us and which documents we looked at to make sure that you are able to successfully complete the course (for example English Certificate, High School Diploma).
Ensure you know what is required before you apply for a course. This way you will not be surprised by any requests the Visa Office makes.
While we have endeavoured to ensure the information is current and correct, information changes frequently and sometimes without notice. We recommend that for the most up-to-date information you visit the UK Border Agency website at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or consult your immigration specialist.
If you are successful in your visa application, there are likely to be restrictions on the number of hours you are able to work while in the UK.
As an adult student under Tier 4 you are allowed to:
- Work part-time during term time. Students studying at degree level or studying a foundation degree course will be able to work for 20 hours per week. If you study below this level of course you will be able to work 10 hours per week
- Work full-time during vacations
- Do a work placement as part of your course provided you are studying with a Highly Trusted Sponsor institution, such as Canterbury College
For more information visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/conditions and look at our Employment page.