Student Visas

Middlebury-CMRS is not allowed to tell you which visa option is appropriate for your individual situation, but we can point you in the right direction and give you guidance regarding what you need to know and do. All students must thoroughly familiarize themselves with the information available on the GOV.UK website in order to make immigration decisions.

Here is what you need to do:

Step 1:

Run your details through the online tool Check if you need a UK visa on the GOV.UK website.

If the tool tells you ‘Youdo not need a visa to come to the UK’ one of the following will apply:

1.  You are allowed to enter the UK as a British citizen (travelling on a valid British passport) and therefore have no visa or immigration requirements at all.


2.   You are allowed to enter the UK on arrival via the ‘Short-term’ Study’ route (without the need to apply for a visa in advance). Please note: This will also apply to all EU/EEA citizens entering the UK from the 1st January 2021.

In this case the tool will also tell you:

‘You should bring documents with you that show you:

    • have been accepted on a course by an accredited institution or by a UK Higher Education Institution, for example, a letter of acceptance from the institution
    • are able to fund your stay in the UK and return journey
    • intend to leave the UK at the end of your course

You’ll also need to show:

    • details of where you intend to stay
    • contact details for at least one parent or guardian in your home country (if you’re under 18 years old)

If you’re under 18 and travelling without your parent or guardian, you’ll need to provide extra information to show they’ve given you permission.

You must always have these documents with you if you’re travelling in and out of the UK during your stay.’

If the tool tells you ‘You’ll need a visa to study in the UK’ you will be told to apply for either:

3.    a ‘Short-term Study Visa‘ if you are studying for 6 months or less (one semester).


4.    a full ’Student Visa’ if you are studying for longer than 6 months (two semesters).*

Please note:

* The tool will highlight any other requirements which may applyother options/requirements may apply, which the tool will highlight if applicable.

Students studying at Middlebury-CMRS will not be allowed to work during the semester (M-CMRS Policy) but will be allowed to work during the vacation or at the end of the course for as long as the full Student Visa is valid.

Step 2:

Inform M-CMRS, Oxford.

Once you have researched your options and made your decision you must complete the ‘Visas & Immigration Form’ on the Middlebury application system to inform us of your visa/immigration decision before making any kind of visa application.   You will need a supporting letter for options 2, 3 & 4 above which will be issued from M-CMRS in Oxford by email with further information about how to proceed.

The form will ask you to select one of the following statements to clarify your decision:

  1. Have no visa requirements at all and the reason why you don’t (e.g. I am a British citizen)
  2. Will enter the UK on arrival via the ‘Short-term Study’ route (bringing the required documents with me)
  3. Will apply for a ‘Short-term Study Visa’ in advance
  4. Will apply for a full ‘Student Visa’ in advance

Process & Timescales

If you are applying for either 3. or 4. above you must familiarize yourself with the complete application process and its timeframes. Visa applications should be made no more than 6 months before the start date of your course. You must have all of your supporting documentation, including your letter from M-CMRS Oxford, ready to submit with your application.  Visa processing offices get extremely busy at certain times of the year, which increases visa processing times considerably – you should allow at least 6-8 weeks.  If you are applying for a visa in advance, there will be a fee.  It may be possible to expedite your visa application for an additional fee.
Please note: If you are a NON-US citizen, you can apply for a Student Visa through a consulate in the U.S., but you must submit proof of how you are legally in the U.S. (I-20, etc.) with your mailed application materials. However, non-U.S. citizens (including green card holders) are treated as citizens of their home country (country of held passport) and additional processing time may be necessary.

Applying & Questions

Information about applying for a UK visa in the USA  includes online forms, details about visa application centres and contact details if you have further questions.

By Phone

Phone UK Visas and Imigration.

The UKVI English service phone line is open 24 hours Monday-Friday, with other languages available at times that reflect standard business hours where possible, see below.

Language         Number                          Opening hours (British Standard Time)
English             +44 (0)203 481 1736         Monday-Friday, 24 hours
Arabic              +44 (0)203 481 1737         Sunday-Thursday, 05.00-13.00
Cantonese      +44 (0)203 481 1739         Monday-Friday, 01.00-09.00
French             +44 (0)203 481 1740          Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00
Hindi                +44 (0)203 481 1741          Monday-Friday, 04.00-12.00
Mandarin        +44 (0)203 481 1742          Monday-Friday, 01.00-09.00
Russian           +44 (0)203 481 1743          Monday-Friday, 06.00-14.00
Spanish          +44 (0)203 481 1738          Monday-Friday, 13.00-01.00

Calls cost £0.69 (GBP) per minute on top of your standard network charges.

By email

Email UK Visas and Immigration.

Emails enquiries cost £2.74 (GBP) You won’t be charged for any follow-up emails about the same enquiry.

You’ll get a reply to your email within 2 days, except on Saturdays, Sundays and UK public holidays.

Please note that contacting UK Visas and Immigration will not play any part in, or influence, the outcome of visa applications.