International study at the University of Brighton

Visas and immigration

If you have accepted an unconditional offer to study a course at the University of Brighton and need to apply for a Tier 4 student entry clearance (visa) from outside the UK, please read the below guidance.

If you are a non-EEA national and you do not already have a UK visa which allows you to study you will usually have to apply for and obtain a Tier 4 Student entry clearance visa in order to come to the UK to study a course of over six months duration or a pre-sessional course. 

Please use our step-by-step guidance below to help you make a Tier 4 Student visa application from outside the UK (also known as applying for entry clearance).

If you are already in the UK and you need to apply to extend your current visa please use our guidance on making a Tier 4 Student application in the UK.



If having read this guidance, you have a question about making a Tier 4 Student entry clearance application then please get in touch with us through our enquiry form.


This guidance is for the sole use of University of Brighton applicants. It is a guide only and must be used in conjunction with the UKBA’s Tier 4 Policy Guidance and all other webpages it makes reference to. The information in this guidance is given in good faith and has been carefully checked. However, the University of Brighton accepts no legal responsibility for its accuracy.


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contentbox-quote-orange.gifImmigration advice and services regulated by the Immigration Services Commissioner

The University of Brighton's Student Advice Service provides high quality free and confidential immigration advice to our applicants, students and their dependants. The service has two international student advisers, who have many years of experience and have taken the necessary training in immigration law. Our advisers work to strict guidelines and procedures and are regulated by the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) so you can be confident and assured about the quality of the information and advice they provide to you.


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