Visas for England

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Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

Participants traveling with a passport from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland will NOT need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa. Nationals of EEA countries and Switzerland have permission to enter and volunteer in the UK without a visa. 

Citizens of All Other Countries (Those who do not hold a US or EU passport)
Non-US citizens holding a passport that is neither an EEA nor Swiss passport will have to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.  As visa requirements for each nationality vary, participants should check with their local British Consulate about visa requirements as soon as possible.

Citizens of a non-majority English speaking country will have to demonstrate a level of English proficiency equivalent to a "B2" in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in each of the four components of language learning (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Please review this list of approved English language tests. Participants must include a copy of the original test certificate with their visa applications. See more information regarding the English language requirement.

NOTE: The UK government is no longer accepting certificates issued by the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL and TOEIC). However, as a transitional provision, UK Visas and Immigration may accept visa applications which rely on an ETS certificate if the test was taken prior to April 2014. It is important that each applicant contact the British Consulate in their country to seek clarification from that consulate. Please review the most up-to-date information on the English language requirement on the UKVI website.

Some students will need to fulfill a maintanence funds requirement, i.e. demonstrate that they have £1020 per month to support their living expenses. Students (or their parents) will need to have held funds for the entire semester in their accounts prior to their applications. This evidence can be provided with bank statements.

Please see FIE’s Student Visa Guide for visa information. Students may also visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for more detailed information.