If you are from a country which does not need to apply for a Short-term Student visa before travelling, you can request to enter the UK as a Short-term Student at the border.
You will need to ask the Border Force Office to enter as a Short-term Student and show them the letter you have been given by LSE. Please make sure you have this in your hand luggage.
It is very important that you check you have the correct visa before leaving the border. The stamp should say STS or Short-term Student.
The stamp you receive at the border is only for a single-entry. If you plan to travel outside of the UK and have further sessions of teaching to attend, you will need to request to enter as a Short-term Student each time you arrive at the UK border.
If you are travelling through Ireland, this is known as the Common Travel Area. You will not go through UK immigration controls so you will need to show that you have entered Ireland (e.g. a stamp in your passport) and provide your boarding pass as evidence of how you travelled to the UK.
e-Gates from May 2019
The following nationalities can now enter the UK using the e-Gates :
- South Korea
- New Zealand
Entering the UK using the e-Gates only grants you permission to be in the UK as a tourist, so you will need to speak to a Border Force Officer to obtain the correct immigration stamp. You can show them your offer letter from LSE and a copy of this UKVI document.
You will be required to leave and re-enter the UK on a Short-term Student visa within 30 days of your arrival to be able to continue studying your programme.
Please bring a printed copy of either your boarding pass or flight details to registration. If you enter via the e-Gates, LSE will need to take a copy of these to record your date of arrival.