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If you are from a country in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) you do not need a visa.

If you are from any other country you will need a visa to study at the University of Sunderland.

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What kind of visa do you need?

  • If you wish to study for six months or more, you may require a Tier 4 visa
  • If you wish to study for less than six months, you may require a Student Visitor visa


More information

The University aims to support Tier 4 applicants with the information you need to successfully apply for a visa. Please read our visa guide and guidance for international applicants and we strongly recommend that you read the Home Office Guidance on making an application for your visa BEFORE you submit your documentation. 

We aim to support you with the following information on guidance which some applicants have found to be less clear.

One such area is the definition of an international company for the purposes of meeting the financial maintenance requirements.

Current immigration rules allow you to be financially sponsored by an international company. The Home Office has not provided a clear definition of what an international company is. 

After taking guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the University’s dedicated Home Office Premier Account Manager, we can provide the following guidance:

An international company must have a global presence in terms of the company trading in more than one country. This is most easily evidenced if the company has at least one other office in more than one country.

If it is not clear to you whether the company has a global presence then we strongly recommend that you use alternative financial statements as part of your visa application outlined in Appendix C of the UKVI immigration rules

We hope that by following our advice and the guidelines you are fully prepared to make a successful visa application.