International students Visas & immigration

Student visa

The Student visa replaced Tier 4 on 5th October 2020.  This visa route is applicable to all visa applications in relation to studying at the University of Strathclyde for longer than 6 months.  It includes those from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. 

If you're coming to the UK to study for a period of less than 6 months, please refer to our Standard Visitor visa guidance below. 

Standard Visitor visa

This visa type is suitable for those studying for less than 6 months, although there are some restrictions.

You can find more information in our Standard Visitor visa guidance

Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)

Nationals from certain countries may be able to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation. An ETA permits study for a short-term course of 6 months or less. This will replace the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) for those travelling to the UK on or after 22 February 2024.

General information on the EVW and how to apply for the ETA can be found in our Electronic Travel Authorisation guidance.

Graduate visa

The Graduate visa enables Student or Tier 4 visa holders in the UK who have successfully completed a degree at degree level or higher to undertake and/or look for work for two years.  PhD or other doctoral level students receive a Graduate visa for three years. 

Schengen Visa

Nationals of some countries will require a visa to visit or transit through Europe. 

For more information read our Schengen visa guidance.

During studies

Exam board decisions may have an impact on a student's Tier 4 or Student visa and immigration status.

Further information can be found in our guidance

Inviting family and friends for a visit or to attend your graduation ceremony

You may wish to invite family and friends to visit you while you are in the UK.  Check the UK Government website for information on the Standard Visitor visa application process.  Additional supporting documents that you can provide to aid their application are listed below:

  • Student Status letter – available via Pegasus under the 'Personal' tab; simply download the PDF letter and send to your family member.
  • Invitation letter – there is no requirement for you to have a formal invitation letter from the University, however, you may wish to write an invitation letter to support your relative/friend's visitor visa application.  Visit Sample Relatives Letter for a sample letter.  Please note there is no requirement for this letter to be on University headed paper or to be signed and stamped by the University.