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  • Schengen visa

    If you are not an EEA/EU national you will require a Schengen Visa to travel to an EEA/EU country. The Schengen Visa Scheme allows those wishing to visit certain countries within the EEA/EU (and Switzerland) to travel between these countries using only one visa. The Schengen space includes the following countries:

    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    Further information can be found on the UKCISA website.

  • SELTs Secure English Language Tests

    The UKVI recognises the following SELTs for Tier 4 visa applications:

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment (FCE, CAE, and CPE examinations)

    other language tests

    Other language test may be acceptable, please check here with the UKVI for the current list of approved language tests.

    language tests not acceptable

    In July 2014 the UKVI instructed that the following English language tests are no longer acceptable:

    • TOIEC and TOEFL issued by ETS
    • Cambridge IGCSE English as a first language
    • Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language
    • BULATS online test issued by Cambridge English
    • Trinity College London ESOL Skills for Life
  • Southampton

    Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire. It is located about 15km south of Winchester, and 19km south of Sparsholt College. It is a major port lying at north of Southampton Water, close to the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen.

    There are a number of major shops based in the city centre and at West Quay http://www.west-quay.co.uk/, including Apple Store, Body Shop, EE (Everything Everywhere – T-Mobile and Orange), Fat Face, FCUK, Gap, H&M (Hennes), John Lewis, Karen Millen, M&S, Monsoon, Next, O2, Optical Express, Phones 4 U, Schuh, Superdry, Vision Express, Waterstone’s, and Zara. There is an IKEA store next to the West Quay centre.

    Southampton was the major British port for transatlantic liners from the late C19th until the overwhelming rise of transatlantic flight in the late 1960s. Perhaps the most famous departure from Southampton took place on 10th April 1912 – five days later the RMS Titanic sank in mid-Atlantic having struck an iceberg. Today the Queen Mary 2 continues the transatlantic liner tradition (avoiding icebergs) along with cruising.

  • student visa - Tier 4 (General) student visa

    If you are not ordinarily resident in a member state of the EEA/EU you may be classed as a visa national student and you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study on a Further Education, Foundation Degree (FdSc), undergraduate degree (BSc), or postgraduate degree (MSc) in the UK. Full details of countries requiring a Tier 4 (General) student visa and exceptions can be found here.

    If you are not ordinarily resident in a member state of the EEA/EU, and your country is not listed above, then you are classed as a non-visa national, and you will have to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

    There is a very useful Home Office self-assessment page which you can use to find out what type of visa you need – check if you need a visa https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

    You can contact the international office with any questions you may have about your Tier 4 visa.

    Please note that the information given about visas and immigration in this online student handbook is as accurate as we can make it given that the Home Office is making frequent updates to its regulations. So for the latest information from the source, please visit the Home Office website page on Tier 4 (General) student visas.

    Schengen Visa

    If you are not an EEA/EU national you will require a Schengen Visa to travel to an EEA/EU country. The Schengen Visa Scheme allows those wishing to visit certain countries within the EEA/EU (and Switzerland) to travel between these countries using only one visa. The Schengen space includes the following countries:

    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    Further information can be found on the UKCISA website.