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Students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland normally require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK. The UK operates a points-based immigration system, which is underpinned by the principle of sponsorship.

To apply for a Tier 4 visa, you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Since you can only make your visa application three months ahead of your course start date, the earliest you might receive your CAS is June, once you have met all the conditions of your offer (where required). You must use the information in your CAS statement to complete some of the questions asked in the visa application.

A Tier 4 visa is attached to a particular institution and course. You cannot begin a course at the University of Cambridge using an existing Tier 4 visa that is sponsored by another institution.

The International Students website provides detailed guidance on immigration and student visas, as well as information and links to other sources of information and help for international students hoping to study in the UK. The University’s International Student Office, who will assign your CAS, also provides a visa advice service and can be contacted with any student-related immigration queries.

The primary source of information on all matters concerning immigration is the Home Office. You are advised to read the information available on the Home Office website, including the Tier 4 Policy Guidance. 

If you already have UK immigration permission in another capacity, you may be able to study on that visa without needing to apply under Tier 4, and you will receive further guidance on this during the admissions process.

International students may require a visa if invited to attend an interview. Further information is outlined on the International Students website.