Immigration & visa
If you’re required to hold a student visa to study in the UK it’s never too early to start planning your application. Get immigration and visa information for international students.
Tier 4 (general) student visa
To enter the UK and enrol on your course, you are required to hold a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. The visa is issued by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). Students are given step-by-step guidance in May of the year of entry and can receive support from the International Office throughout the visa application process. That said, students should defer to the UKVI Tier 4 Policy for official advice and guidance.
You can avoid costly mistakes by double-checking that you’ve prepared everything as prescribed in the official guidance. Please note, application fees will not be refunded where an application is rejected for any reason.
Key facts for Tier 4 visa holders
- You can apply for your visa no more than three months before the start date of your course.
- Your visa permits you to work in the UK. Students are typically permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during holidays. If you work more than this amount you may compromise your right to remain in the UK.
- The University will carefully monitor your attendance to ensure you comply with UKVI regulations.
- Your visa will tell you if you are required to register with UK police. Academic Registry will help you do so when you arrive.
- When you apply for your visa you will pay a healthcare surcharge. This means you have access to medical care throughout your studies. However, you are not eligible for public funds including Jobseeker’s Allowance or Housing Benefit.
- You are exempt from paying Council Tax while you are a student at NUA.
Please email us if you have any concerns before or after you submit the application.
English language requirements
Norwich University of the Arts is subject to all UKVI regulations and as part of our compliance responsibilities we ensure that all candidates satisfy all English language requirements.
We ask that candidates attain an overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each section of the UKVI-approved IELTS exam – or its equivalent. The test must be taken at an approved test centre. Results should be no more than two years old when the visa application is submitted. Learn more about taking an IELTS exam.
Not all Tier 4 visa holders are required to complete an English exam, for example if you are from a majority English-speaking country. We also accept some alternative English exams that means you’ll be exempt from taking the IELTS exam. Please contact the International Office to discuss your application in more detail.
Evidence of funds
To obtain a student visa you must show that you have finance to cover tuition fees and costs of living as set out by the UKVI. This usually amounts to more than £20,000. Mistakes in this section are the biggest cause of rejected applications. Learn more about this requirement in the UKVI guidance.
Confirmation of acceptance of studies
Before you submit your visa application, you must hold a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study or CAS. The CAS will only be issued when the visa application window opens, three months prior to enrolment, and after the University receives your £2,000 deposit. More information about CAS.
The CAS is sent via email as a PDF file. You are expected to check the document for errors and submit a printout with the visa application supporting documents.
There is no fee to apply for a course at NUA, but if you are offered a place you will be asked to pay a deposit to confirm the place and obtain a CAS. The international deposit is £2,000 and will be deducted from the total fees due in your first academic year as reported on the CAS.