Visa information

Information for international students who require a visa to study in the UK

Check if you need a visa

If you are from outside of the UK, over 16 and applying for a programme lasting longer than 6 months then you will likely need a visa to study at Al-Maktoum College

Check the full UK Government requirements here

Before applying for your visa, please make sure you have the following information (full details below):

  • Proof of English language
  • Financial evidence
  • Current passport

Contact with any questions.

Visa application process

Step Information
Visa eligibility Check if you need a visa and that your programme is on the accepted programme list
Financial requirements Check you have enough money to support yourself during your studies and it meets the visa requirements

You will need funds to cover your tuition fees plus living costs for up to one academic year (up to 9 months)

Apply Apply for your programme, meet any required conditions and accept your offer.


You are required to provide the following documents:

·        Financial evidence*

·        Passport information

·        Proof of English language**

* You must show that have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

**This should be to level B1 for HNC programmes and level B2 for all other programmes

You may also be asked to provide further documents. Check the full list here

Interview Attend an ‘Intent to Study’ interview with Al-Maktoum College
Apply for your visa You can apply for your visa after receiving you Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Complete your application online and pay any associated costs

Visa FAQs

Why do I have to sit an English test when my first language is English?

You must prove your knowledge of English as required by UKVI

When will I receive my CAS?

After you have received and accepted an unconditional offer, attended an intent to study interview and we have confirmed your documentation.

When can I apply for my visa?

After you have received your CAS and no more than 6 months prior to your programme start date.

How much will it cost?

Full details of costs can be found on the UKCISA website

How long will it take?

Visas are usually processed within 3 weeks, full details can be found here

Can I work during my studies?

No, students studying at a private provider are currently not eligible to work during their studies.

Can I bring my family/dependants?

No, students studying at a private provider are currently not eligible to bring dependants with them to the UK.

Graduate Route (post-study work)

Currently, students graduation from Al-Maktoum College are not eligible to apply to the Graduate Route. Full details of working in the UK after your studies can be found on the UKCISA website

I am a current student at another institution, do I need a visa?

No, you can study at Al-Maktoum College as supplementary study.

I am planning to continue my studies after completing my HND, do I need another visa?

Yes, you will be required to apply for a Student Visa to continue your studies at another institution.