Short Term Study Letter Request

PLEASE NOTE - if you require a Short-Term Study visa to return to the UK in summer 2017 to re-sit exams, please request it on or after 6 February 2017.


This Short-Term Study letter request form is for:

  • unregistered  LSE students who are required to return to the UK to re-sit examinations and/or dissertation in the summer or Lent Term Week 0*;
  • students who will be attending the School for no longer than 6 months.

* Please note that we are not able to issue Short-Term Study Visa letters to student who are required to sit Lent Term Week 0 examinations if their official results have not been ratified and published. Results for 12-month masters students will be published on 14 November 2016.

This request form is NOT for:

  • Offer holders, or students expecting to register at the LSE, should contact either Graduate or Undergraduate Admissions with any CAS queries.
  • Summer School students should contact the Summer Schooloffice.
  • Double Degreestudents, who should follow the instructions given by their programme administrators.

Please note: If you enter the UK with a Short-Term Study Visa you do not have the option to extend this visa from within the UK. If you will require additional time to complete your studies you will have to return to your home country and submit a request for a CAS to enable you to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa from outside the UK. A student visitor visa, therefore, may not be suitable for non-final year students returning to the UK to re-sit examinations.

Full details on the difference between entering the UK with a student visitor instead of a Tier 4 student visa are available from the International Student Visa Advice Team's web pages. 

Instructions for submitting a Short-Term Study Letter Request

  • Please have your passport and current visa with you before filling in this form. It is your responsibility to fill in this form using correct information.
  • Please complete all fields. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are compulsory.
  • You must ensure that your term-time contact address is updated in LFY before submitting your request.
  • Please take time to double-check all information on the statement.  If any of the information is incorrect, please contact Registry as soon as possible.
  • You will receive an email confirmation once we receive your request. If you do not receive an email confirmation, we have not received your request or you have entered an incorrect email address
  • Your Short-Term Study Visa letter will be posted/emailed as soon as possible, and usually within one week of submission. You are advised to submit the original paper copy of this letter when making your application for a Short-Term Study Visa. For further advice on the type of documentation to submit with your application please contact our International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)


  • Personal details
    Please complete all fields.
  • Name
  • Postal Address
    Your short-term study visa letter will show and will be posted to your TERM TIME contact address as listed in LSE for You. Please ensure this record has been updated BEFORE submitting your request. To access LFY, click on the link at the top right side of this web page.
  • If you require assistance with updating your address because your access to LFY is denied, please contact the Should you experience a delay with your request being processed, please seek advice and assistance from
  • Delivery method
  • Length of study in the UK
    When did you begin studying in the UK at undergraduate level or above?
  • Dissertation submission
  • Passport details
    This must be the same passport that you will be using for your short-term study visa application.
  • Current visa details (if applicable)
  • Passport and Visa Upload
    Please use the browse button to submit a scanned copy of the picture page of your passport and your current visa (if applicable). We will not be able to process your request without this documentation.
  • Submit your Short-Term Study Visa letter request
    Short-Term Study Visa Letter requests will ordinarily be processed within one week of submission and then posted to your address or emailed to you. Please do not click 'Submit' more than once - it may take a few moments for the form to be submitted. You will receive an email confirmation when the request has been submitted.