Visas for the Language Centre


ISVAT are the only team authorised to provide immigration and visa advice at LSE


This page has information for students following courses in the LSE Language Centre.

Students on English Pre-sessional programmes to meet the conditions of their LSE offer

If you are coming to LSE to attend the pre-sessional programmes to meet the conditions of your LSE offer information can be found on the following web page:

How to Apply for a Tier 4 visa for LSE

Support we can provide

It is your responsibility to check the immigration rules and apply for your visa.  However, if you need to attend the pre-sessional programme to meet the conditions of your visa, we can provide additional support to help you extend your visa once you have an unconditional offer.

If you choose to attend a pre-sessional programme and have conditions of your offer that you are required to meet, you will only be given a CAS number for the language programme.  You must successfully complete and pass the programme to be able to extend your visa in the UK.  This includes if you offer is conditional on the basis of your qualifications.  You will need to take and pass the examination at the end of the pre-sessional programme before you can be issued with a new CAS number.

I need to go home after the pre-sessional programme to attend to personal business. Should I get a Tier 4 visa or Short-term Student visa?

We are increasingly seeing a number of pre-sessional students who plan to return home between the end of their pre-sessional and their main degree due to the Chinese bar examination. As it can often be quicker and cheaper to apply from overseas, you may wish to consider applying for a Short-term Student visa rather than a Tier 4 to attend the pre-sessional programme. However, you must note that you cannot apply for your Tier 4 visa in the UK if you have a Short-term Student visa.

Students who will only study a Language Centre programme with no further study in the UK

If you are coming to the UK to study a Language Centre programme and require immigration permission, you should apply for the Short-term Student visa.

If you already hold immigration permission for the UK, you may be able to register using this.  Check our "Do I need a Visa?" page for more advice.

EAP programme at another institution before attending LSE

If you are going to study at the LSE after attending an pre-sessional programme at another university, you need to plan your visa very carefully because the rules about studying at different institutions are very complex.

You will need to inform Graduate Admissions that you are undertaking a pre-sessional programme at another institution before you receive your CAS.  You must then successfully complete and pass this programme to be able to apply for your visa within the UK. Contact us for more advice.

 Non Degree Modern Foreign Language Programmes

If you are attending one of the Language Centre's Non Degree Modern Foreign Language (MFL) programmes and require a visa to be in the UK, you will need immigration permission which permits you to study.

If you do not already hold immigration permission which permits you to study in the UK, you can apply for a Short-term student visa to attend your programme. More information is available on the Short-term Student section of this page.

If you hold a Tier 4 visa for another institution, you may be able to attend a MFL programme on the basis of supplementary study.  You will be required to provide a letter at registration which confirms you are still registered for your main degree programme.

Courtauld Institute of Art students

The LSE Language Centre provides bespoke MFL courses to first-year undergraduate students from the Courtauld Institute of Art as part of their BA History of Art degree. You will continue to be sponsored by the Courtauld Institute at this time.

If you are a studying another programme at the Courtauld Institute, you will be able to attend an MFL programme on the basis of supplementary study.

Immigration documents to register at the Language Centre

Tier 4 Visa for LSE

  • You will need to show your passport and valid visa/BRP. 
  • You will be unable to register solely on the basis of your passport and decision letter from UKVI.  If you are required to collect a Biometric Residence Permit from the Post Office, you must do this before registering for your programme. 

Tier 4 visa for another institution (supplementary study)

  • You will need to show us your passport and valid Tier 4 visa.
  • You will need to provide a letter from the institution you are registered at to confirm you are still registered or have completed your programme.

Non-student visas

You can register to study at LSE if you have a valid visa in the following immigration categories:

  • Tier 1 visa routes
  • Tier 2 (General) - you must provide evidence that you have permission from your employer to study full time during working hours
  • Dependant (of any category) - you must provide evidence that the main visa holder is in the UK and you live with them
  • Tier 5 categories
  • EEA Family Permit/ Residence Permit - you must provide evidence that that the EEA national is accessing their right to free movement and will be living in the UK
  • Short-term student

You will need to show us the sticker in your passport or the BRP card showing your immigration permission.





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