The United Kingdom made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture.

International students apply for Visa to study in the UK each year, making studying in the UK the number two choice for international students in the world, second only to the USA. With an excellent higher-education system and hundreds of world-class universities, the UK promises a rich experience for international students. The UK plays host to world heritage sites such as The Ancient Stonehenge and Medieval Salisbury, Wonderful Windsor, The Cotswolds and the Lake District, Idyllic England, The University Towns of Cambridge & Oxford and so on.

Students can afford themselves the opportunity to unwind and have the British experience by following the steps enumerated on how to Apply for a UK Short-Term Study Visa by Nigerians.

The British High Commission is located in three States in Nigeria viz: Abuja, Lagos and Kano. Their addresses will be considered seriatim:

• The Abuja office is located at 19 Torrens Close, Off Mississippi Street, Off Shehu Shagari Way, (North), Maitama, Visa section: Dangote House, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Wuse, Abuja.

Telephone lines : (+234) 8 160 340 925 | (+234) 8 036 591 145 (Visa).

Fax: (+234) 9 462 2263 | (+234) 9 462 3223.

Email: [email protected]| [email protected] Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/nigeria.

Additionally, you can find 

• The British High Commission Address in Lagos is located at No 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Private Mail Bag 12136, Lagos, with accessible telephone lines: (+234) (1) 277 0780. Fax: (+234) 9 462 2263 | (+234) 9 462 3223; Email: [email protected] | [email protected] , and Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/nigeria.
• The British High Commission Address in Kano is located at No 5 Tamandu Court, Off Tamandu Road Nassarawa, P.O. Box 11872, Kano with accessible telephone lines: (+234) (64) 631 686 | (+234) 803 590 5442.

Visa Type

The United Kingdom (UK) Short-Term Study Visa is a Study visa issued to those who want to take short courses in the UK. These courses are expected to last for six months, or eleven months if the applicant is older than 18 years old. It is one of the types of UK study visas. Others are Tier 4 (General) Student visa and Child study visa. The applicant is not expected to study at a local authority sponsored school in the UK or work in the UK or extend his or her visa permit if granted to visit the UK.

Visa Requirement/Eligibility

• The holder of a valid Nigerian passport can apply for the UK Short-Term Study Visa in Nigeria.
• Applicant must have been offered a place on a course in the UK at accepted places of study.
• Applicant must have enough money to finance themselves without working or help from public funds.
• Applicant must have a means of accommodation in the UK (if to be sponsored).

Others Requirements include 

• Applicant must have made arrangements for travel and stay in the UK.
• Applicant must have been given permission by their guardian to study in the UK (for minors).
• Applicant must be at least 18 years old and studying at an overseas higher education institution and whose part of courses are in the UK. Their institution must hold its own national accreditation, offer only part of its educational programme in the UK and offer programmes that are equivalent to a UK degree.

Application Process

  • You need to register for an account after which you will be sent an email to unlock your account.
  • Open the link sent to you to log in and fill an online application form.
  • Pay a visa fee with your credit card and book an appointment for the submission of your documents by clicking on the ‘continue’ button just before the end of the page.
  • Take your documents to the office of TLSCONTACT (the address of the TLSCONTACT office to visit will be shown on your appointment confirmation) and submit the printed copy of your visa application form and other supporting documents at TLSCONTACT.
  • Ensure to attach supporting documents.

Visa Requirements

• Must possess a current and valid passport.
• Evidence that you can support yourself during the time of travel (e.g. Bank statements or payslip for the last 6 months).
• Proof of accommodation (i.e. hotel booking or contact of the host).
• You will be required to provide a Tuberculosis test result.
• Provide the contact details of parents or guardian(s) if under 18 years.
• Proof, of course, that you are studying (e.g. letter of acceptance from the educational institution on letterhead paper – stating course name, duration and cost).
• Evidence of Previous Study – academic certificates, references or transcripts (if applicable).

Others include

• Evidence of English language qualifications (if applicable).
• Present your accommodation and travel plans.
• Express permission to be in the country you are applying from (for non-Nigerian nationals).
• Provide the details of your financial sponsor such as the occupation, name, savings, or funds that will support your studies.
• Evidence of written consent from parents or guardian(s) (for minors).
• Provide full contacts of parents (for minors).
• Also provide proof from guardian(s) or parents that applicant has where to stay in the UK – including name and date of birth of the host, address of where applicant will stay, details of applicant’s relationship with host and consent in writing saying that host can look after applicant during his/her stay in the UK.

Funding

The cost of Short-term, a less than 6 Months study United Kingdom Student Visa fee is estimated at ₦50,760.00. The UK Visa fee can be paid online after filling the application using a debit/credit card. The Applicant is advised to go along with extra #5,000 Naira in the instance of the Naira to Dollar exchange differentiation.

Conclusion

Once you have submitted an online application and provided all the necessary documents, a decision will be made on your application within three weeks.

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