You will need a student (Tier 4) visa in order to study in the UK at the University of Sussex International Study Centre.
There are three main requirements for those who want to study in the UK:
You should make sure you apply early, to leave enough time for your application to be processed. The earliest you can apply is three months before your course begins.
If your course lasts between six and 12 months, you can arrive in the UK up to one month before the start date. You can remain in the UK for a further four months after your course end date.
Visa applications in the UK work via a points-based system. If you collect enough points, you will be issued a visa. These are the steps you must follow:
You may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. The purpose is for an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen university and course. If you have done your research, the interview is nothing to worry about. The process is just designed to filter out people who are planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.
Whether or not you will be invited for a credibility interview depends on which country you are applying from.
Credibility interviews normally take place in your local Visa Application Centre, via a video link. You will be interviewed by an ECO based in the UK.
Make sure you have done some detailed research on Sussex University International Study Centre, as well as accommodation options, costs, and the local area. Also familiarise yourself with the content of your chosen course.
Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, because interviewers expect you to take the process seriously. Be honest, and avoid yes and no answers. Talk as naturally as possible; you do not want to look like you are repeating pre-prepared answers.
If you do meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made by the ECO. This requires you to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal and you must submit your Administration Review from outside the UK.
You can find out more information on student visas on the UK Government visa advice pages