Student Visitor Visas

The Student Visitor Visa route is designed by the UKBA for the migration of students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to undertake a short course of study in the United Kingdom (such as a beginner’s English language course, CPD or a work-related training course).

Student visitors are allowed to come to the UK for six months (or 11 months if they will be studying an English language course). Full details of the Student Visitor Visa route can be found on the UKBA’s website, along with the sponsor requirements.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance on the procedures a student should follow in order to enter the UK on a Student Visitor Visa, including details of who must apply for entry clearance before travelling to the UK.

The British Accreditation Council is one of the approved accreditation bodies for Student Visitor Visa purposes.

The British Accreditation Council (BAC)

For over a quarter of a century, the BAC has provided trusted and recognised accreditation to enhance the standards and quality of independent further and higher education providers.

UK Border Agency approved for the purposes of sponsorship of Student Visitor visas

BAC accreditation is recognised by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), part of the Home Office, as a qualifying requirement for institutions wishing to enrol students on Student Visitor visas.

Students from outside the EEA will only secure a UK Student Visitor visa if they have a genuine offer from an accredited institution such as Reception Academy.

By taking a course with Reception Academy you may apply for one of the following visas:

  • Student Visitor Visa: is usually granted for up to 6 month provided you undertake a short course of study.

  • General Visitor Visa or a Business Visitor Visa is usually granted for up to 30 days provided that you undertake a short course and the study is not the main purpose of the visit.

Please visit the official UK Government Website for the latest visa information.

The UK Council for International Student Affair (UKCISA) provides guidance on the procedures a student should follow in order to enter the UK on a Student Visitor Visa, including details of who must apply for entry clearance before travelling to the UK.

Affiliate of ENQA

The BAC is an affiliate of ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

BAC accredited institutions

BAC accredited institutions provide a vast range of learning opportunities within the framework of independent further and higher education for students who want the flexibility to study in their own way.

You can check if an organisation is BAC accredited by following this link. The accreditation report on Reception Academy can be found here.

For further details on how to apply for a Student Visitor Visa click here or alternatively get in touch with our admin team who will be able to assist.