Study conditions during your course of study

If you are granted a Student visa, as a general rule, you must only study with the student sponsor which assigned the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies to you.

However, you can study at a partner institution of your student sponsor.

Another exception from this rule is where you made an application for permission to stay while you have permission as a Student, and your application is supported by a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies assigned by a different student sponsor than the initial one. In this case, you can study at the new sponsor as long as the new application has not yet been decided (or it has been decided, your visa was refused, but any Administrative Review against that decision has not been determined yet).

Are you allowed to switch from one course of study to another at the same sponsor? Again, the general rule is that you must only study on the course of study for which the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies was assigned. However, you may begin studying on a new course with your current student sponsor if your sponsor is a higher education provider with a track record of compliance, you have not completed the course that the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies was assigned for, the new course is not at a lower qualification level than the course the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies was assigned for, the course is at degree level or above, any new course at degree level can be completed within the current period of permission, and your sponsor confirms that the new course is related to the course for which the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies was assigned or supports your genuine career aspirations.

In all cases, you may study on a study abroad programme overseas that is an integral and assessed part of the course of study named on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.

Supplementary study is permitted.

If you want to apply for a Student Visa and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.