The Standard visitor visa can be used for those coming to the UK for short periods of study (up to 6 months) at a Higher Education institution.
You can apply for a Standard visitor visa to study at the University of Sunderland if the following circumstances apply to you:
For further concessions please see page 38 of the Visit Guidance
If you want to complete an English Language course that is longer than 6 months, you can apply for a Short-term study visa.
You may use a Standard visitor visa to study a programme that will not be completed within your 6 month stay, (other than for an English language course) if you are undertaking distance learning.
If you wish to use the Standard visitor visa to undertake distance learning in the UK, you must meet all the following criteria:
A Standard visitor visa is generally easier and cheaper to obtain than a Student Route visa, but does have some limitations.
If you need a Standard Visitor visa, you must apply online before you travel to the UK and attend an appointment at a visa application centre.
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa to visit the UK. You can check if you need a visa before you apply.