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Read our most up-to-date information for international and EU students interested in studying at LIS.

Read our most up-to-date information for international and EU students interested in studying at LIS.

Guidance on applying to LIS

An international student is someone who does not have “settled” status in the UK and would need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

If you are an international student please read the following guidance which we have prepared to try to help you in your decision about whether or not to apply for LIS. It is really important to state that everyone is an individual and your specific position might be different.

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With this in mind, we recommend three things:

Keep an eye on government advice

We recommend that you read around and research the topic as the guidelines on this page may not cover every instance.

The best sources of information we recommend are: (a) The government’s own website; (b) the British Council (an important charity with links to the UK Government); (c) the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

Guidance may differ for other providers

Different universities and providers may have different guidelines. Please take the time to read through these carefully.

Any questions, please do get in touch with us

If you want to get in touch and feel that the guidelines below do not cover your case, then we will do our best to give advice. You can email us at hello@lis.ac.uk.

We are able to accept international students

We hold a sponsorship licence which allows us to accept international students as part of the 2022 cohort. This depends on meeting all the relevant visa requirements.
Students with pre-settled and settled status through the EU settlement scheme do not require a visa and are welcome to study at LIS.
Settled and pre-settled status
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If you have settled status through the EU settlement scheme you will be eligible to be admitted to LIS. There are many rules and exceptions around being “settled”. You can read more about these on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

In brief, being settled means both normally living in the UK and not having any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK.

If you have pre-settled status through the EU settlement scheme you will be eligible to be admitted to LIS. You may, however, be in a different position regarding access to student loans. Please see the student finance section for more details.

Who is an “international” student?
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An international student is someone who does not have “settled” status in the UK and would need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. From August 2021, students from the EU who do not hold settled or pre-settled status through the EU settlement scheme will be classed as international students.

If you do have settled status, you should be able to apply and be admitted to LIS. Please get in touch with us to confirm (hello@lis.ac.uk).

Student Finance: Home & EU students

“Home” (UK) Students

The question of whether you are able to apply for student support is different from the question of whether or not you are eligible to study at LIS.

LIS is an officially- registered provider. If you meet the Student Loans Company eligibility criteria, you will be able to access tuition fee and maintenance loans.

Full details can be found at the Student Finance England website.

There are complex rules and exceptions around student support. An excellent website which sets out the key information is UKCISA.

"Settled" Students

If you had settled or pre-settled status before 31 December 2020, you are likely eligible to apply to LIS. Please see the student support criteria for details.

Should you be eligible to study at LIS but not eligible for student support, you can pay student fees directly to LIS.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to get in touch with us at hello@lis.ac.uk

Student Support Criteria:

  • You must be settled in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  • On the first day of the first academic year of the course you must be ordinarily resident in England; and
  • You must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course;
  • The main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.

Disclaimer

It is important to note that none of the advice above should be taken as legal advice. It is intended to act as a short guide for students who are interested in studying at LIS and has no broader aim.

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