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Applying for a visa for Summer School study

If you are from the EEA (the European Economic Area), Norway or Switzerland you do not need to apply for immigration permission to enter the UK.

Do you plan to study on Summer School /Methods Summer programme or Executive Summer School only?

From the 24 April 2015, the Student Visitor visa was re-branded as the Short-term Student visa. Depending on when you apply or when a decision is made on your application, you may receive a visa which says either Student Visitor or Short-term Student.

If you are coming to LSE to study on the Summer School / Methods Summer programme or Executive Summer School only, complete the following steps:

  • Check the flow chart to see if you need to apply for a visa or permission to enter the UK for study. 
  • If you are an Executive Summer School student and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, contact the Executive Summer School team for a letter.
  • If you are a Summer School students and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, you can request a letter from the Summer School - Short-term Student letter request
  • Check the Home Office guidance on supporting documents and prepare your application.
  • Submit your application to UK Visas and Immigration.

IMPORTANT: Nationals of some countries can apply to enter the UK as a Short-term Student  at the point they arrive in the UK. If you are a national of a country that does not need to apply for a visa before coming to the UK, you must still obtain permission to enter at the airport which allows you to study in the UK.  Please refer to our guidance on applying for a Short -term Student visa on the right hand side of this page.

Do you plan to study at LSE Summer School/Methods Summer Programme before further studies in the UK?

If you are coming to LSE to study at the Summer School before attending full-time studies in the UK, your options depend on when and where you will be completing your full time studies. This can be quite complex, so you should contact ISIS for advice on your options.

Check theflow chart to see what options may be available to you.

We are unable to provide a CAS number for Summer School students who do not intended to complete their full time studies at the LSE.

Studying on a Standard Visitor visa

The LSE advises that students should apply for /request entry to the UK as a Short-term student.  We do not advise that you come to the UK to study these programmes as a Standard Visitor.

A maximum of 30 days study per trip is permitted on a Standard Visitor visa for short-courses or recreational courses.  However, the study must be incidental to the main resaon you are travelling to the UK.  If you are only in the UK to attend the Summer School/Executive Summer School, it is not incidental and you should not plan to use a Standard Visitor visa to study.

Secure English Language Tests

If you need to apply for a Tier 4  visa to attend Summer School, click on the detailed guide on the right of this page. Please note that you may be required to take a UKVI Secure English Language Test before you can be issued with a CAS.     

Contacting ISIS

ISIS does not produce the documentation for your visa applications.  This will be provided by either the Summer School (for Short-term Study visas) or Graduate Admissions if you need a CAS.

If you need to tell us about your circumstances, please contact us through our web form:
ISIS webform