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Visas and Immigration

Before you arrive

If you are a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you currently do not need a visa to come to the UK to study. If you are from a country outside of the EEA, please check which visa you require below.

Non-European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals

If you wish to study at Ravensbourne and you are not a national of the EEA or Switzerland you may need to apply for a visa before travelling.


The type of permission/visa you require will depend on the type of course.


To attend a full time course for longer than six months you must apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. Details of the requirements and a guide explaining how to complete the online application form are available from the Tier 4 visa section of our website.

For a short course or to undertake a period of study as a visiting student for 6 months or less you  have the option of the Short-Term Study visa route or apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Please be aware, that you can only bring your family with you to the in very limited circumstances, you may also require a visa for your family. Please refer to the UKCISA for more information on who is eligible to bring their family to the UK.

If you are eligible for a visa for the UK in another capacity - for example as a dependant of another student, or as a worker, or ancestry - you may be allowed to study with this permission.

European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals

You will just need your EEA national / Swiss passport or ID card to enter the UK. Before coming to study, you should apply in your home country for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to obtain any medical treatment necessary during your time in the UK and to facilitate possible residence applications in the future.

EEA nationals who wish to study at Ravensbourne should refer to the main admission page for more information on the requirements etc.

Getting in touch

Email: international@rave.ac.uk

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