You must apply for a student visa in your home country before traveling to the UK unless:
You can apply for a student visa up to 6 months before the start of your course and as soon as you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Your CAS will be valid for 6 months from the date it is issued.
If your application is successful, you'll be issued with a UK Entry Visa (vignette) which will be stuck inside your passport and will allow you to travel to the UK up to one month before the start of your course. On arrival in the UK you can collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from a chosen location. Your BRP gives you permission to stay in the UK for the duration of your study plus an additional 'wrap-up period'.
You can apply for a student visa up to 3 months before the start of your course and as soon as you have received your CAS (valid for 6 months from the date it is issued).
Your new course must start no later than 28 days after your current visa expires and you must apply for a visa online before both of those dates.
Once you have applied for a student visa, you can remain in the UK and register on your course at Durham, even if you have not received a decision on your application.
Durham University is a higher education provider with a track record of compliance and you’ll be asked to confirm this in your application. This means that financial requirements and other evidence are not always required. Follow the steps below to help you apply:
During your application you'll be asked to choose where you’d prefer to collect your BRP when you arrive in the UK, or where you would like it delivered to if you're applying from inside the UK.
If you're applying outside the UK, you can choose to collect your BRP from:
If you're applying in the UK:
Student Immigration ServicePalatine CentreStockton RoadDurhamDH1 3LE, UK
Once you’ve chosen your collection location you won’t be able to change it.
If you've been granted an eVisa (you applied for a visa using the UK Immigration: ID Check app), you won't receive a BRP or any physical documentation. Instead, you'll receive an email from UKVI with details of your immigration permission.
You should only travel to the UK once you have received your eVisa and on or after the date it is valid from. You cannot register at the University if you don’t have a valid visa that allows you to study, when you travel to the UK. If you arrive in the UK before your eVisa starts you will be classed as a visitor and you will be required to leave the Common travel area and re-enter the UK with your valid eVisa. You cannot apply for a Student visa in the UK when you have entered as a visitor.
Your BRP will tell you how long you’re allowed to stay in the UK. Whether you apply in the UK or at home, you should be given permission to stay for the duration of your course plus an additional 'wrap-up period', the length of which depends on the length of your course:
The wrap-up period gives you extra time to complete your study if you need it, travel, work or look for work or apply for another visa (if eligible) if you intend to stay longer.
Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.