If you want to come to the UK to attend resit exams but your visa has expired, you will need to return as a Short Term Student. The process you need to follow depends on whether you are a Visa National or Non-Visa National. You can find a list of Visa National countries here. If your country is not on this list, you are a Non-Visa National.
If you are from a Visa National country, you must apply for a Short Term Study visa before travelling to the UK. You can find further information on how to apply in your country on this webpage. The visa application fee is £97 in local currency and you will need to submit the following documents with your application:
If you are from a Non-Visa National country, you do not need to apply for a visa in advance, but can request entry as a Short Term Student when you arrive. However, it is very important that you do not enter the UK as a Visitor (tourist), as you will not be allowed to attend your resit exams.
Whether you are a Visa National or Non-Visa National, you will need a Short Term Study letter from the University. You can request this letter by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org after you have received confirmation that you have been registered for your resit exams. Visa Nationals should include this letter with their visa application and Non-Visa Nationals should present it to the Immigration Officer when they arrive in the UK.
Please note that we cannot issue you a letter including resit exams which are being held in the future, but you have not registered for yet.
You should also note the following important information about the Short-Term Student route:
Information for Tier 4 Students
Unfortunately, the University cannot sponsor students to extend their Tier 4 Student visa to attend resit exams. This is because the Home Office says we can only sponsor a visa extension if the student is “in attendance”; actively attending learning sessions at the University. Accessing university facilities or meeting with academic staff for revision purposes are not considered to be in attendance.
If you have resit exams that take place after your Tier 4 Student visa expires, you should make arrangements to leave the UK as soon as you are notified that you have resit exams. You will then need to return as a Short-Term Student.
We do not recommend that Non-Visa Nationals attempt to re-enter the UK as a Short-Term Student immediately after their Tier 4 visa expires. UK Border Control may refuse you entry on the basis that you are trying to re-enter the UK without using the correct immigration route for students.