Government advice on what type of visa you need can be found here: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas
You can check if you need a visa here: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
The type of visa you require depends on your individual circumstance and the type of course you are studying.
Full-time study on an accredited course:
If you have been accepted for full-time study on an accredited course (Common Awards, Bachelor of Theology, Diploma in Theology for Ministry or PhD) you will require a Tier 4 visa.
For students applying to the Common Awards, Diploma in Theology for Ministry or PhD offered through Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the Federation will issue you a Confirmation of Studies (CAS) number as soon as your complete application has been approved for admission. Your CAS Number is required in order for you to apply for your Tier 4 Visa.
For students on the Bachelor of Theology programme, the University of Cambridge will issue your CAS number.
Please make sure that you complete and submit your full application well in advance of deadline dates, as it can often take some time to go through the Tier 4 application process.
Studying on a short course or for a short period in the UK:
If you are coming to the UK to attend a short course with one of our member institutions, even if only for a few days, and this is the main purpose for your visit to the UK, you must obtain a Short Term Study Visa.
Doctoral students on the ARU Professional Doctorate or PhD courses who are carrying out their research overseas and who are coming to the UK for a supervision or to attend a research seminar or course are required to obtain a Short Term Study Visa.
The Federation office will provide you with a Letter of Support which you will need in order to apply for your Short Term Study Visa.
Please note that even if you are a “non-visa national” you MUST obtain a Short Term Study Visa in order to attend or study on a course in the UK; you will not be permitted to attend your course without it.
If you are teaching CTF students
If you are invited to the UK to do paid work as an expert in your profession and it is not the main reason for your visit you can apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa.