Find out if and what kind of visa you need
If you are not a British or Irish citizen, you may need a visa to study in the UK.
EEA and Swiss nationals
If you have Settled or pre-Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, this gives you permission to live, work and study in the UK, and you won't need a visa to study with us.
If you don't have Settled or pre-Settled status, you will need to have valid immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.
Type of visa
UK immigration permission that permits study, e.g. ILR, EU (Pre-) Settled Status, Spouse/Partner visa.
You cannot usually study one of these programmes on a Visitor Visa.
If you have a Skilled Worker (formerly Tier 2) visa, then you will need your employer's consent to study with us full-time.
Student visa (part-time)
UK immigration permission that permits study e.g. ILR, EU (Pre-) Settled Status, Spouse/Partner visa, Skilled Worker/Tier 2 visa.
In some circumstances, you may be able to use a Visitor Visa to study these programmes but only if you intend to live and spend most of your time outside the UK during your studies.
If you’re coming to the UK to study on a full-time programme, in most situations you will need a Student visa.
We will give you plenty of information and guidance on how to apply for your visa once you've been accepted on to the programme, but here are the key facts.
Once you have been accepted at LBS and have paid your reservation and commitment fee, we will provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support your visa application.
You must have sufficient funding to cover your first-year tuition fees and living expenses, and you must be able to prove this in a way that meets the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. Full guidance is available on gov.uk.
You will need to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) as part of your visa application. This is currently £470 for each year that you will be in the UK. This gives you full access to National Health Service (NHS) healthcare during your period of study.
If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will apply for your visa online and will then need to visit a Visa Application Centre to submit your documents and your biometric details.
If you are already in the UK, you need to ensure that you meet the requirements to be able to make your application from within the UK. For more information, please refer to the official guidance on gov.uk. If you don't meet these criteria, then you may need to apply from outside of the UK.
Your Student visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full-time during official vacation periods.
You can also apply for a Dependent visa for your dependents (spouse/unmarried partner, or children under the age of 18). They will also be permitted to work or study in the UK.
You can only study in the UK on a Visitor visa if:
Visitor visas are best suited to our Executive MBA Dubai and EMBA-Global programmes, as you will spend the majority of your attending classes overseas and will only be in the UK for some selected electives.
You cannot use a Visitor Visa to study on our Masters in Finance (part-time) programme due to the structure of the course.
Please note that depending on your nationality, you may be able to enter the UK as a visitor without having to apply for a visa in advance. You can check this here.
You can apply for a Student Visa to study a part-time programme. The process is exactly the same as for a full-time programme, so please refer to the information above.
Please note that on a part-time Student Visa, you cannot work in the UK, nor can your family members apply for a dependent visa.
If you’re coming to study on a part-time programme and don’t already hold permission to live and study in the UK, there are two main options for you:
The best option for you will depend on the programme you are studying, where you will be living during your studies, and how long you intend to stay in the UK.
There are great options for our students who want to work in the UK following their studies. These include:
We will guide and support you each step of the way.
The Graduate visa allows students to apply to stay in the UK for two years following successful completion of your studies at London Business School.
During this time, you can work full-time and will not need an employer to sponsor you. You can also be self-employed or start your own business.
To be eligible for the Graduate visa, you will need to have studied in the UK on a Student visa. Students with other kinds of visa will not be eligible.
Please note that students on our EMBA-Global and Executive MBA Dubai programmes are not eligible for a Graduate visa because the majority of the programme is not spent in the UK. Students on the Global Masters in Management (GMiM) programme are also not eligible for this, as you need to undertake the second year of your studies in Fudan.
The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the former Tier 2 visa route. It allows you to work in the UK for an approved employer who will be your sponsor.
To qualify for the Skilled Worker visa, you need:
For more information on the Skilled Worker visa, please refer to the official guidance on gov.uk.
London Business School is proud to be able to endorse students and alumni for the Start-up visa. This visa is aimed at early-stage entrepreneurs who want to stay in the UK to develop an innovative, scalable and viable business in the UK. The visa gives you two years to stay in the UK after your studies to establish and grow your business.