Students on a Tier 4 Visa

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

As a Tier 4 student, the University of Edinburgh is the sponsor of your UK visa. The University has a number of legal duties to manage our sponsorship of your visa. These include:


  • Monitoring your attendance/engagement on your programme and;
  • Reporting to the Home Office where you suspend or withdraw from your studies, complete them early, fail to register or are repeatedly absent to the point of being excluded from studies.


As a student with a Tier 4 visa sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, the terms of your visa require you to, (amongst others):


  • Ensure you have a correct and valid visa for studying at the University of Edinburgh, which, if a Tier 4 visa, requires that it is a visa sponsored by the University of Edinburgh;
  • Attend all of your University classes, lectures, tutorials, etc. where required. This includes participating in the requirements of your course including submitting assignments, attending meetings with tutors and attending examinations. If you cannot attend due to illness, for example, you must inform your School. This includes attending Tier 4 Census sessions when required throughout the academic session.


For further information on your responsibilities as a Tier 4 student, please see the below links:


Please note that any email relating to your Tier 4 sponsorship, including census dates and times will be sent to your University email address – you should therefore check this regularly.


Further details on the terms and conditions of your Tier 4 visa can be found in the “Downloads” section at:


Information or advice about your Tier 4 immigration status can be obtained by contacting the International Student Advisory Service: