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Postgraduate Admissions


A student visa is granted for study in the UK. The sponsor for visa purposes is the educational institution where the student will study. The visa is issued for a particular course at the institution. The University will support an application for a student visa by issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once an offer has been confirmed.

For information on student visas, we advise you read the guidance on the International Students website to understand the requirements before making your application to study.

Students from outside the EEA are likely to need to apply for a visa in order to study at the University.

Students from within the EEA are likely to need to apply for a visa in order to study if they are moving to the UK to start their studies at the University from 1 January 2021. Arrangements for EEA students prior to this date are outlined on the International Students website.

If you already have UK immigration permission in another capacity, e.g. as a dependent, under a Youth Mobility scheme or based on ancestry, you may be able to study on that without needing to apply for a student visa.

It is your responsibility to identify whether you require a visa, and to understand and comply with the immigration requirements.

You cannot begin a course at the University of Cambridge using an existing student visa that is sponsored by another institution.

The Graduate Admissions Office is not qualified to advise you on visas and immigration. The International Student Office provides a visa advice service on a range of student-related immigration matters for applicants, students and their family members.