The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.
The UKCISA website provides an unrivalled wealth of up-to-date and independent information for international students. We recommend UKCISA to you!
The United Kingdom Visas and Immigration Directorate (UKVI) is the Home Office department responsible for regulating student visas under the Tier 4 (General) student visa scheme. The UKVI homepage can be found here but the Tier 4 page can be found here. The UKVI is the successor to the UKBA (UK Border Agency)
The UKVI believes that, “immigration enriches our culture and strengthens our economy and therefore we want to attract people to study, work and invest in the UK.” And it wants to “simplify and improve immigration policy and law and policy to make sure the UK has an internationally competitive visa system and an efficient and effective enforcement operation.” It is “responsible for making millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country, with a firm emphasis on national security and a culture of customer satisfaction for people who come here legally.”
The United Kingdom consists of Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland), and Northern Ireland. The UK is a member of the European Union.
Once you have arrived in the UK (with your visa if this was required) international students do not need to carry their passport when travelling within the UK, but it is advisable always to carry with you a photocopy of your passport information and visa pages. This should be safely stowed in your wallet. This should only be shown to officials, and only when expressly requested.
Please contact the International Office if you wish to travel to the Republic of Ireland so that we can advise you on visa requirements. The Republic of Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area (the UK and Republic of Ireland), but there are certain visa restrictions.
University of Portsmouth
The University of Portsmouth validates Sparsholt College’s Foundation FdSc degrees, undergraduate BSc(Hons) degrees, and MSc postgraduate degrees.
University of Winchester
Sparsholt College international students enjoy the benefits of living in the University of Winchester accommodation.