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Applying for a Student route visa outside the UK

Last updated: 27 October 2023

STEP 1: Familiarise yourself with the application process and guidance

Applications must be submitted through either TLScontact (for students applying from Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East) or VFS Global (for students from all other countries). Visit the website concerned and read through all the available information about how to apply in your country. You can also find comprehensive information on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Student visa website, including a link to the full Policy Guidance for caseworkers.

It is important that you submit all the documents required. For a full list of required documents, including information about the acceptable document formats, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

STEP 2: Request a CAS

If you are applying for a new course of study at the university, you will have been instructed to request a CAS as part of the admissions process. For further information please visit the Requesting a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) page.

STEP 3: Complete the online application process and book an appointment at your nearest Visa Application Centre

You will need to submit your application online.

If you wish to submit your visa application via a premium route, please check that such an option is available by contacting the relevant Visa Application Centre direct. You’ll need to find the opening times, address and contact details for UK Visa Application Centres near you.

To ensure an efficient delivery of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you are able to enter a University of Gloucestershire ‘Alternative Collection Location (ACL)’ code in your online visa application. The University has two codes, depending on your location or campus of study. This information is entered after payment has been made for IHS.

Oxstalls Campus, GloucesterPark Campus, Cheltenham
ACL Code: 3HE397ACL Code: 2HE862

STEP 4: Attend your appointment and submit your documents

At the appointment you will need to:

STEP 5: Receive and check your visa

You will initially be issued with a vignette (sticker) in your passport that is valid for a 90 day period starting on your proposed date of travel. You will also be emailed a letter detailing your full grant of leave, and explaining that you need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days of arriving in the UK. It is important that you check all the information in this letter is correct. In particular, you should check:

If any of these details are incorrect, you should contact the Visa Application Centre and request they are corrected before travelling to the UK.

Need more help?

If you have further questions about applying for your visa, you may find they are covered in our Frequently Asked Questions. For anything else, please email

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