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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?

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

IMPORTANT: Nationals of some countries can apply to enter the UK as a Student Visitor 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 Student Visitor 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.

Complete the following steps: 

  • Check the flow chart to find out whether you need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa or a Student Visitor visa;
    Do I need a visa? LSE Summer School/Methods Programme before studies
  • If you need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa, click on the detailed guide on the right of this page. Please note that you may be required to take a UKBA Secure English Language Test before you can be issued with a CAS.  Please see:  Secure English Language Test
  • If you need to apply for a Student Visitor visa, you can request a letter from the Summer School. The Summer School will be able to provide you with a letter for your application.   Summer School Student Visitor Letter
  • Check the relevant Home Office guidance and prepare your application;
    Studying in the UK
  • Submit your application to UK Visas and Immigration.

IMPORTANT: Nationals of some countries can apply to enter the UK as a Student Visitor 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 Student Visitor visa on the right hand side of this page.

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