If you are an international student you will probably need a visa to allow you to enter the UK to study.
The UK Government introduced a new Visa and immigration system on 31st March 2009 called the Points Based Immigration System. Most International students will need a student visa to allow them to study in the UK. This page explains what documents you will need to obtain your visa under the new system.
When you apply for your visa you will need:
More information on the money you will need can be found on the money section of the UKBA website or if you have dependants and want to know how much extra money you will need click here.
* if you decide to attend a different university from the one named on your visa you will have to ask for permission from the UK Border Agency before you can enrol (you will have to contact the UK Border Agency and obtain permission to change institution – see below)
When you will be sent your visa support letter by Swansea
We will send you a visa support letter once you have done all of the following:
Once all of these have been done, we will e-mail a copy of your visa letter and send the original by DHL direct to you (or to your agent if you applied through one)
What will my Visa Support Letter say?
Your visa support letter will contain all of the information needed for you to obtain a visa, including:
How can I pay my £2000 deposit?
You can make your payment by wire transfer into Swansea University’s bank account.
Here are the bank details you will need:
Lloyds TSB Bank PLC
802 Oxford Street
Swansea SA1 3AF
Sort Code: 30-95-46
Account Number: 02783215
Swift Code: LOYDGB21101
IBAN NO: GB64LOYD30954602783215
You must quote your student number when making a payment (the number on the top of your offer letter) or we may not be able to match your deposit to your application.
If a government or company are paying your fees you should ask for a letter from them confirming this or ask them to complete our Confirmation of Sponsorship Form. You would not normally have to pay a deposit if you are receiving financial support from a corporate sponsor or from a US Federal Loan. Unfortunately we cannot accept parents or family as sponsors.
What if I already have a visa for another University?
If you already have a visa which names a different University, you can still come to Swansea University once we have sent you a visa support letter. BUT you must ask for permission from the UK Border Agency before you can begin your studies at Swansea. You could enrol before they reply, but there is a small risk that they would refuse your request to change institution and this means you will have to enrol at the institution named on your visa.
You should send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org which includes:
Further advice or information