Frequently Asked Questions

Visa information

Yes, you can travel on your EU passport throughout the programme. If you have dual nationality please inform us at socpol-glocal@glasgow.ac.uk.

Under new EU regulations, it should now be possible to apply for a study visa for any Schengen Area country up to six months in advance of arrival. This means that you can apply for your Spanish or Swedish study visa from your home country before coming to the UK. Details of the new regulations can be found here. If you are going to Spain in the second semester you should contact the local Spanish Embassy in your home country for details of how to apply. If you are going to Sweden in the second semester you can find details of how to apply for a residence permit for higher education on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website here.

If you obtain a Tier 4 UK visa, this will allow you to apply for the UK post-study work visa under current plans for students beginning their studies in 2020, details of which can be found here.

Your Tier 4 visa will be valid for the entire two-year duration of the programme.

For the UK, you can apply for either a two-year Tier 4 visa or a Short-Term Study Visa. Please note that for a number of reasons we recommend that you apply for the Tier 4 visa, including:

  • The Tier 4 visa will be valid for the UK for the entire two-year duration of the programme. This also means that should any new travel restrictions arise to Spain or Sweden after the first semester, you will be able to remain in the UK until these are lifted.
  • Only the Tier 4 visa will allow you to apply for the UK post-study work visa under current plans for students beginning their studies in 2020, details of which can be found here.
  • If you have to make any subsequent visa applications from within the UK, most Embassies will only accept applications from students who have a Tier 4 visa.You can find all details on the Tier 4 and Short-Term Study visa application processes on the International Student Support Team’s webpage here.

You can begin your UK visa application once you have accepted an unconditional offer for the programme and received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter or Short-Term Study Supporting Letter from the University of Glasgow Admissions team. You should be able to start your Spanish or Swedish visa application from six months ahead of arrival in those countries (so from July).