Point Based System

To apply for a student visa, you need to gain 40 points.

The UK has a points-based visa system, which is designed to be objective and transparent. To apply for a student visa, you need to gain 40 points. This includes 30 points for a "confirmation of acceptance for studies" from the university, college or school where you want to study.

Students must meet the full requirements of the Immigration Rules and have 40 points in total as shown below:

Points required: 40

  • Having a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from a Tier 4 sponsor - 30 points
  • Having enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs (also known as maintenance or funds) - 10 points