International Students

Information for International Students applying for a Postgraduate Course

Below you will find some very practical information to support you in making your decision to study at Schumacher College. We hope you find it useful. As a Tier 4 sponsor we are listed under the name, The Dartington Hall Trust. Please note that Plymouth University does not sponsor our Tier 4 students, but is our awarding body.

Will I need a visa to study in the UK?

https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Information about Short Term Study Visas (PG Certificate Courses)

If you are studying for a course of 6 months or less you may be able to apply for a Short Term Study visa.  For further information see:- https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa

What are the disadvantages of a Short Term Study Visa?

It is important to note that a Short Term Study Visa cannot be extended. UKVI rules mean that it would not be possible to return to the UK to complete a further period of postgraduate study with Schumacher College.  If you are considering a PG Diploma or our Masters programmes you must commit to this route of study and apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa. 

Information about Tier 4 (General) student visas can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa.  Whilst we will always do what we can to communicate any changes to visa policy or requirements, it is important you keep an eye out for any changes. 

Important information for Tier 4 Applicants

When should I apply for a visa?

Visas can only be applied for up to 3 months prior to the start of your Diploma or Masters course.  In order to apply for a Tier 4 visa you will need us to sponsor you.  We confirm our sponsorship by providing you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS number). You cannot apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa without this number.

What do I need in order to receive a CAS number?

  1. Hold an unconditional offer letter from Schumacher College.
  2. You have paid a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 minimum towards your tuition fees
  3. You have passed an ‘IELTS Academic for UKVI’ that demonstrates you meet the minimum B2 score (CEFR) for English language as set by UK Visas and Immigration. We will use your certificate to verify you on the IELTS website.
  4. You hold original copies of your academic certificates or transcripts.
    Both qualification equivalence and University will be checked with NARIC to ensure they are recognised by the UKVI.
  5. You hold a translated copy of any academic documentation not in the English language. Translations must meet UKVI requirements.
    Please read all information on the https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa website, but specifically the guidance and appendix here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/documents-you-must-provideAcademic documents  Point 137 of the guidance gives further specifics concerning the presentation of qualifications for your visa.
  6. A legal Immigration team (contracted by Schumacher College) have verified your financial documentation meets the UKVI requirements for financial evidence (after 6th June 2016)
    Information about financial evidence can be found in the Guidance and Appendix on here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/documents-you-must-provide. If you are in receipt of a Chevening Scholarship this does not apply (as at January 2016)
  7. Where you are required to pay an NHS Immigration Surcharge, you have confirmed you do not have a litigation debt owing to the Home Office.
  8. You have met all other admissions and UKVI criteria

It is college policy to forward all financial information you intend submitting with your visa application to an immigration lawyer for checking ahead of you making your visa application. We will tell you how to communicate this information to us when it is time.  You should not submit any financial information to us by e-mail. 

If offered a place, when will I get a CAS number?

For those students offered a place on one of our postgraduate programmes we will start processing the final paperwork required for a CAS number from 6th June 2016. 

Can I work or volunteer when I’m studying in the United Kingdom?

Schumacher College Tier 4 visas are sponsored by Dartington Hall Trust and as it is not a UK Higher Education Institution, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration there are currently certain restrictions on students studying with us. We are defined as a Private Higher Education Provider.   

Students studying at Schumacher College are not permitted to work or Volunteer for any period whilst in the United Kingdom; whether admitted on a Short Term Study or Tier 4 (General) visa.

 

Can I bring my family members or dependents to the UK with me when I study?

Schumacher College Tier 4 visas are sponsored by Dartington Hall Trust and as it is not a UK Higher Education Institution, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration there are currently certain restrictions on students studying with us.  We are defined as a Private Higher Education Provider.

Students studying at Schumacher College are not permitted to bring family members (dependents) to the UK on their Tier 4 visa.   https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/family-members

 

 

Can I travel in Europe whilst I’m studying in the UK?

It is likely that you will need a visa to visit other countries in Europe. The Schengen Visa Scheme is a scheme that allows those wishing to visit certain countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) (and Switzerland) to travel between these countries using only one visa. 

UKCISA have further information here:  http://ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Immigration-/Other-immigration-matters/Schengen-visas/

Please note: (January 2016). The Schengen Visa is under review by participating countries so it may be subject to future change or revisions.

 

My queries are not answered here. Can you help?

We are not authorised or regulated to give visa advice, but we will do our best to support you. Please e-mail: postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk with any queries – noting ‘Tier 4 Query’ clearly in the Subject line.  Thank you.

 


Please note: Whilst we will help with the visa process where we can Dartington Trust and Schumacher College are not authorised or regulated to give visa advice.   If you have any queries we would advise you to seek support from UK Visas and Immigration directly, or to employ the services of an Immigration Lawyer. 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (www.ukcisa.org.uk) offer a wealth of helpful information and guidance. They also operate a Student Helpline, open Monday to Friday 1pm – 4pm UK time: +44 (0)207 788 9214

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