Who should executive Masters students contact for immigration advice?
The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) are the only team who are trained to provide immigration advice to our students. If you have any questions about visas to attend teaching, please contact us directly using our web query form.
Short Term Student
LSE advises that if you require a visa to attend teaching, you apply for a Short -term Student visa.
If you are going to come to the UK several times over the period of your programme, you can apply to enter the UK as a Short-term Student. This allows you to stay in the UK for up to six months and is also permitted for 'distance learning' programmes.
The Short-term Student route is advisable for the following programmes:
TRIUM Global Executive MBA
MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management (modular)
Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences
Executive Global Masters in Management
Executive MSc Behavioural Science
Executive MSc in the Political Economy of Europe
Executive MSc in Cities
For more information on the Executive Programmes at LSE, please go to
LSE Executive Masters programmes
For more information on applying to come to the UK go to
How to make a Short-term student application
The Short-term Study visa is not suitable for the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy as it is a full time programme. If you do not already hold immigration permission for the UK which permits you to study, you may be eligible for a Tier 4 visa. Contact us for more information on your options.
If you have immigration permission to work in the UK, this means that you also have permission to study. This includes:
Tier 1 routes
Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT)
Tier 5 Youth Mobility
As long as you are able to fulfil the requirements of your work and will continue to have immigration permission until the end of your programme, you will be able to study at LSE.
If you are posted to the UK on diplomatic business, you can study on any of the programmes at LSE as long as your term in the UK lasts until the end of the LSE programme.
If you are based outside the UK, you will need to obtain immigration permission to study in the UK. This usually means applying to enter the UK as a Short-term Student for the periods of study in London.
For more information go to:
How to make a Short-term Student application
Studying on a Standard Visitor Visa
If you are on a part-time or executive Masters programme, you will be unable to study on a multi-entry visitor visa as these are not short-courses. More information is available in the Home Office guidance.
The LSE advises that you should obtain a Short-term Student visa to attend part-time teaching as this grants permission to study in the UK for up to six months.
Re-registering with the LSE
If you require immigration permission to study at the LSE, you will be required to show that you have a visa which allows study when returning for teaching. If you do not obtain immigration permission which allows you to study your programme, you will not be able to attend teaching.