Applying for a visa from outside the UK

Information about how to apply for a visa in your home country

Information and advice

If you are a new student and you need to apply for a student visa, go through our information leaflet Applying for a Student Visa from outside UK .

The cost of application outside the UK is £310.

Tier 4 Dependants

You can find out more about bringing your family as Tier 4 dependants from our website and the UK Council for International Students Affairs website.

Application forms

In most countries, you will need to complete an online application form on 

If you are applying using a paper application form (limited countries), you will need to complete 2 forms - VAF 9 and Appendix 8. You can download the forms from this website 

Completed samples of the forms with our notes can be viewed below.

(The details on all the sample application forms do not relate to any specific individual) 

Application Form VAF 9 - Main Applicant

Appendix 8 - Tier 4 General Student Self Assesment Form

What forms should my dependants use?

To find out who can come with you as your dependants (Tier 4), how to apply and what the requirements are for bringing your family as dependants, see the UKCISA website and our website

Most applications overseas must now be done online on this website 

If you are applying using a paper application form, you will need to complete Form VAF 10. A completed sample form can be viewed below.

(The details on all the sample application forms do not relate to any specific individual)

Application Form VAF 10 - PBS Dependant   

Can I come in as a Student Visitor?

If you are coming to Swansea University on a short exchange programme of LESS than six months, you might be able to enter as a Student Visitor. Click here to find out more.

If you are coming to study an English language course, you could enter as a Student Visitor for a maximum of 11 months.

If you need or want to extend your stay from within the UK after arrival, you should not apply as a Student Visitor.

Extending my student visa in UK

If you are already in the UK, we can help you to apply for your visa by checking your application and documents, and sending it for you to a special case-working unit in the UKVI

You must attend one of our workshops where we give you further information and help you to fill in the forms.

Click here for further details of how to apply and when the workshops are.

Then book an appointment to have your application checked by an Adviser on 01792 602000.

Information on credibility interviews and time limits on studies

What are credibility interviews

When you apply for a student visa to come to the UK as a Tier 4 student, you may be required to be interviewed as part of the visa application process. Please note the following advice:

· If you are from one of the low-risk countries, you will not be interviewed. You can find the list of low-risk countries here

· The aim of the interview is to find out whether you are a genuine student. This means that you will be asked questions about your past immigration history, your previous study, your future plans and your finances. See below for further advice on these questions.

· You will be told about your interview by email. The interview will normally be done at the same time as you attend for biometrics. After you apply for your visa, check your email regularly, including your spam/junk emails, for the invitation.

· You must attend the interview as requested. If you do not attend without a reasonable explanation, your visa can be refused for this reason

· The interview will be done by video-conference in English and you must answer in English, without the help of an interpreter. One of the aims of the interview is to find out whether your English is good enough to study the course you have chosen. The person carrying out the interview will write down your answers and send them to the Visa Officer dealing with your visa application. The Visa Officer will use the report of the interview when deciding whether you meet the requirements for a Tier 4 visa.

· If the Visa Officer wants more information from you or wants to check your answers, you may be asked to attend a face-to-face interview at the Visa Application Centre.

Advice on credibility interviews

1 Your Immigration history

· You will be asked questions about any previous visits you have made to the UK and to other countries. They will ask you why you went there, how long you stayed, whether you left before your visa ended.
· They may also ask what connections you have in other countries, such as family members or friends. You should give full answers to all these questions and be prepared to explain why, if you did stay anywhere beyond the end of your visa.

2 Your previous study, study and career plans

· They will ask you about your educational history up to date, and ask you how your course in the UK fits in with your plans for your career in the future.
· You need to be ready to answer questions about the content of the course, so use the university prospectus and web site to research about your course.
· You will be asked why you have to study with us rather than at another university or college, so you should use our web site to get information about us and about the city of Swansea.
· If you are returning to study after a long break, you will be asked to explain why.

3 Financing your studies and your life in the UK

· There will be questions about how you are going to fund your studies and your living costs. They may ask you where the money has come from. You need to give a clear answer to this question. Be clear about the amounts you have to show in the bank to meet the visa requirements. You must not assume that you can work part-time in the UK to support your studies.
· They may ask why you are going to the UK when it would be cheaper to study in your country or in another country. Be ready with an answer to this question.

Time limits on studies

In April 2012, the Home Office introduced a maximum time limit for international students who are studying at undergraduate and Masters level in the UK. In most cases, the time limit is 5 years for combined undergraduate and Masters level studies, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Your visa application may be refused if the total time you will spend on your studies exceeds this limit. To help the university assess your eligibility for further studies in the UK please complete the Admissions Previous Study Questionnaire  and send it back to the relevant office below:

If you are applying to start a degree course at Swansea University

By Email: or send it by post to the following address:

Admissions Office,
Swansea University,
Singleton Park,
Swansea SA2 8PP

If you are already on a degree course at Swansea University

By Email: or

If you are applying to study or you are already studying English language

By Email: or send it by post to the following address

English Language Training Services
Swansea University
Emily Phipps Building
Hendrefoelan Student Village

Tier 4 Responsibilities

What are my and the University's responsibilities under the Tier 4 General (Student) visa

To find out more about the University's and student's responsibilities under Tier 4 click on Tier 4 Duties & Responsibilities