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UK student visas

A range of visas are available to non-EU citizens to study at a school or university in the UK.

18 and over: Tier 4 (General) student visa

If you are an international student over the age of 18 intending to study at a UK university or college, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Those who come to the UK to study at a degree level are required to pay overseas rates for university tuition. However, on completion of the qualification, the student is usually permitted to transfer to a Tier 2 (General) work permit visa without the need for the sponsoring employer to have sought a local resident candidate first.

Under 18: Tier 4 (Child) student visa

The Tier 4 Student (Child) visa lets students under 18 study full-time at any school or educational institution in the UK.

UK Student Visa Saver Scheme for South Africans

This is a unique UK Student visa solution for families living in South Africa who want their children to study and naturalise in the UK.

We have put together a programme that allows you to provide UK education and citizenship options for your children, while you can continue to enjoy living in South Africa.

As an addition to the scheme, we also offer help with Portugal's Non-Habitual Residence programme, which allows you to live tax-free in Portugal for up to ten years. This way, you can remain close to your children - just a short flight away - while taking advantage of Portugal's lifestyle and financial benefits.

Read more about the UK Student Visa Saver Scheme


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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

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