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Loughborough College is a government-approved Tier 4 Sponsor, allowing us to offer courses at NQF Level 3 and above to international students aged 16 years and over.

Most international students will need to apply to the UK Home Office for a visa before coming to the UK and we can help you to do this.

Lots of helpful information about studying in the UK, immigration, and visas can be found at:


There are two types of study visa available:

Short-term study visa

This is the most appropriate visa route for non-EEA nationals coming to the UK for study of less than six months or up to eleven months for the study of English language. Student Visitors are permitted to study either part-time or full-time.

More information about the Short-term study visa can be found here.


The Short-term study visa is the only route available to students on our English Language programme. It may also be possible to join our English Language programme if you are already in the UK and have an immigration status that permits study; please contact the International Team for further advice.

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

This is the most appropriate visa route for non-EEA nationals coming to the UK to study for more than six months. Students must be at least 16 years old and must be studying on a full-time basis. More information about the Tier 4 (General) student visa can be found here.

A condition of your visa is that you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability. You should use the list of approved secure English language tests and test centres that meet the Home Office’s requirements to provide this.


Other visa categories

Holders of certain other visas may be permitted to study. For example, some categories of Visitor visa may permit study for a maximum of thirty days. If you have any questions about this, or any other questions relating to visas, please contact the International Team and we will be very pleased to advise you further. If you are already in the UK and would like to know if your immigration status permits study with us, please email a scanned copy of your passport and visa/BRP and we will be pleased to advise you.

How to apply for a visa

As part of the Tier 4 (General) student visa application process, you will be required to attend a credibility interview. This interview will take place when you attend the visa application centre to give your biometric information. If you are called for an interview, you MUST attend. The request for you to attend an interview will be probably be sent by email, so it is essential that you regularly check your email (including the Junk folder). It is essential that you are able to satisfy the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) that you are a genuine student, and you may be questioned about any part of your background or study plans, for example:

  • Your ability to speak and understand English, regardless of any English language test you may have, such as IELTS. 
  • Your course of study at Loughborough College. For example: How long is the course? Which modules will you be studying?
  • Why you decided to study at Loughborough College on this particular course.  For example: How many other institutions did you look at?  Why did you choose Loughborough College?  How did you make this decision? 
  • Your future plans after completing this course. For example: Are you intending to progress to university in the UK, or will you be returning to your home country?
  • Your finances.  For example: How will you be financing your study and living costs?  Do you have official sponsorship, or will you or your family be paying? 

If you have any questions about the credibility interviews, please contact the International Team. All students who receive a CAS Statement from the College will also be sent a guide to the credibility interview. It is essential that you read both the CAS Statement and interview guide very carefully, and contact us immediately if you have any questions.

Please inform the International Team by email, once you have been granted your visa, and include a scanned copy of your visa in your email.

If your visa application is refused, please inform the International Team as soon as possible, and email us a scanned copy of all pages of your Refusal Notice. We will then be able to advise you on the options available to you.

For guidance on how to apply for a visa from outside the UK, please refer to GOV.UK

Please do not hesitate to contact the International Team if you have any questions about applying for a visa—we are here to help you.

If you are already in the UK, please contact us to book an appointment with one of our advisors.


“My lessons are very interactive and there is a lot of communication between us students and teachers which makes it easier for us. I am enjoying my course so far.”

Omar Khaled

United Arab Emirates