International student in corridor at the university of Strathclyde International Study Centre

Visa information

Do I need a student visa?

You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre. 

How do I apply for a student visa? 

Your student visa application will work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. In order to apply for your visa, you must:

  • Apply for your chosen course at The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
  • Receive an offer of a place on the course. 
  • Send the requested supporting documents to the International Study Centre (including tuberculosis certificate). 
  • Pay a deposit and CAS fee to the International Study Centre.
  • Receive a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is worth 30 points.
  • Make your visa application. Provide financial statements which prove that you have the funds to cover the course and your living costs. This will get you a further 10 points.
  • You may also be invited to a credibility interview.
  • You will be contacted regarding the outcome of your application.

When should I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa from three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.

How long can I stay in the UK on a student visa?

If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you can arrive in the UK up to one month before your course starts. You are allowed to stay in the UK for an extra four months after your course end date.

Credibility interviews

A credibility interview is carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. If they believe you may be planning to use a student visa for holiday or work, they will refuse your visa application. The interview is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are coming to the UK for the right reasons.

Where will my credibility interview take place?

You will normally be interviewed at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is via a secure video system. You will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff who is in the UK.

How should I prepare for a credibility interview?

Research the International Study Centre and our chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers; try and go into more detail.  Try to speak naturally, so that the Entry Clearance Officer does not suspect that you are repeating rehearsed answers.

What questions will I be asked in a credibility interview?

The ECO will ask you a variety of questions about your reasons for wanting to study in the UK, and how you think it will help you in the future. Here are a few examples: 

Why did you choose the University of Strathclyde?

Tell the interviewer why you think the University is a good fit for you. 

Why did you choose your course?

Demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in your chosen subject, and that it fits into your future career plans. 

How will you fund your studies? 

The ECO needs to feel confident that you are aware of the costs involved with living and study in the UK, and that you can finance your stay. 

What if my student visa application is rejected? 

If you do not meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.