All students undertaking a programme with FIE require a visa to study in the UK. The only exceptions are those who hold a EU/EEA/Swiss passport (see below). Please see the following information to determine the type of visa you require.
Internship Pathway / Service Internship Students
In order to participate in a work placement as part of your studies, you must apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa. Please see the following guide which explains the application process:
You cannot apply for a Tier 4 visa after you arrive in the UK. You must do this in your country of residence.
Study Pathway Students
If you are coming to the UK to study for less than six months, you can come as a Student Visitor.
Please note that as a Student Visitor you CANNOT do the following:
- Undertake an internship or work placement as part of your studies.
- Undertake any paid, unpaid or voluntary work.
- Extend your visa, or apply for another visa.
Please see the following guide which explains the documents you need to come as a Student Visitor and whether you need a visa (pre-entry clearance):
European Union / European Economic Area / Swiss Passport Holders
If you hold a passport from one of these countries, you are not subject to UK immigration control and do not need a visa. This includes “dual nationals” - those who hold a EU/EEA/Swiss passport in addition to another passport. You should travel to and enter the UK on your EU/EEA/Swiss passport.
If you are not a US national, you may need to apply for a visa if you wish to travel to Europe during your studies. You can apply for a Schengen Visa which allows you to visit a number of designated countries within Europe on a single visa.
Countries included in the Schengen Scheme are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
To apply for a Schengen Visa you should visit the Embassy website of the main country you wish to visit or spend the most time in. You can then download an application form and guidelines.
You must apply for the Schengen Visa in your home country or the country where you are a resident. You cannot apply for a Schengen Visa after you arrive in the UK.
(Last update 7th October 2013)