This article includes information on visits to international students from family and friends during term-time.

Visas for friends and family visits from abroad

International students may wish for their friends and family to visit them whilst at University. Before their arrival therefore, international students must:

  • Write an invitation letter to the British Embassy in the country where their visitors will be making their application for an entry clearance visa. An example of the invitation letter can be sent out by the International Office. Please email us to request an example invitation letter.

Other documents to supply as part of the visa application process

We recommend you supply the following documents as part of the application:

  • A copy of your student visa
  • A copy of your passport
  • A letter to confirm that you are a registered student. This must be obtained from Academic Registry

For a full list of the documents required, we recommend you or your friend or family member contact the visa application centre in the country they are applying from. A full list of UK visa application centres can be found here

For more information on visits, please contact the International Office

Visitor visas to attend graduation

The graduation team can issue you with a letter for you and your family to apply for visitor visas to attend your graduation.

For more information on visits, please see the Graduation web pages.


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