If you are studying or working abroad, you will need a visa to authorise your stay. Each country has different requirements, so it is important that you check with the embassy of your destination country well before you leave.
Going to an EU country
Provided you have a UK passport, you can live, study or work within the European Union without a visa.
As the UK is part of the EU, if you are a UK national you’ll pay the same course fees as nationals of your destination country.
What papers will you need?
If your study or work placement in an EU country lasts for three months or less, and you are a UK national, you’ll just need your passport or identity card.
Some EU countries stipulate a period within which you have to get in touch with the authorities to let them know that you are in the country. This may be less than three months.
If your stay for study/work in an EU country is longer than three months you may need to show:
- your passport or identity card
- proof of enrolment from your chosen EU institution or employer
- proof of health insurance
- evidence that you have enough income to support yourself (this could be from various sources, including parents or bank savings).
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). See the section on health for more information.
Some EU countries require you to register after three months of studying or working there, to prove that you have a right to live in that country.
Going to a country outside the EU
If you are studying or working outside the EU, you may need a visa. Each country has its own regulations so it is best to check with the embassy of your destination country.
In some instances you will need to get in touch directly with your destination university or college to find out about visa requirements.
There are various websites, such as UKCISA, that provide comprehensive country guides and visa requirements.