International students may require a visa to study in Wales. It’s essential to consult up-to-date information, and to make sure you apply in good time.

Visa eligibility

Currently, all international students including EU, EEA and Swiss students need a visa to study in Wales. The UK Government is responsible for issuing visas: please ensure you look up the latest official information. Every Welsh university will be happy to provide further guidance through its international office.

The type of visa that you will need to study in Wales depends on the type of course you are studying, the length of the course and your age. Most international students on degree-level courses of six months’ duration or more will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa. If you’re coming for a year or less to study English as a foreign language, you may instead need a Short-term study visa, which imposes more restrictions on your rights to work while in the UK.

You will need to produce documentation to prove your identity and your course of study – see the UK Government website for details – and to attend an appointment at a UK visa application centre in your home country.

Graduate Route

The UK’s Graduate Route welcomes international students to apply to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, upon graduation. You will be eligible for the Graduate Route if you have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate level or above, at a university and have a valid Tier 4 student visa at the time of application. The leave period granted will be two years and will be non-extendable. Under the Graduate Route, you will be able to work, or look for work in any sector, at any level; you will also be able to switch into the skilled work route if you meet the requirements.

Brexit and EU / EEA / Swiss nationals

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, students from the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, will need to apply for specific permits to study in Wales. The UK Government website provides advice on how the EU exit will affect EU students studying or planning to study in the UK, the Erasmus programme as well as other relevant information. There are also helpful FAQs and reference pages provided by Universities UK International, Study UK and UKCISA, all are updated regularly with the latest information.  

Find out more on studying in the UK as EU students at

Universities UK International FAQs for EU students

Universities UK International FAQs for EEA and EFTA students

EU student advice from Study UK

Find out more on Brexit support from UKCISA


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