Some students may need to suspend their studies due to personal, medical or other difficulties that are affecting their ability to study effectively. Students who are subject to immigration conditions may not suspend their studies to stay in the UK to earn money to pay for their studies.
All suspensions of studies must be approved by a College, and suspensions will typically only be granted to Post Graduate Research students.
Suspension of less than 60 days
The University is able to continue visa sponsorship when a suspension is less than 60 days. The student is expected to remain in contact with their Supervisor (or Graduate School) during the period of suspension, and failure to do so may lead to the withdrawal of sponsorship.
Suspension of greater than 60 days
Registry will inform UKVI that the University has discontinued its sponsorship of the student for the period of suspension. Any student who is considering suspending or interupting their studies for this period should be advised to consult the International Student Support Team based on Level 2 of the Fraser Building in order to ensure that they are aware of the implications of suspension on their ability to remain in the UK.
If you decide to defer or suspend your studies, change your registration status, or withdraw from your course, you must follow the University’s procedures. Please note that students who are subject to immigration conditions may not suspend their studies to stay in the UK to earn money to pay for their studies, and that the University is required to end sponsorship of students with a Tier 4 visa who suspend their studies. Before you make any decision, you are strongly advised to obtain advice from International Student Support in the Fraser Building.
Switching to another institution
If you wish to apply for permission to change Tier 4 sponsor because you have been accepted onto a course at another University or College, please follow the guidance provided by the Home Office. Please note that there are different rules depending on when you applied for your last student visa.
Students who are withdrawn from their studies by the University, or undertaking an academic appeal against the withdrawal, will not be studying full-time and as such no longer fulfil the requirements of the immigration rules as a student. The University will therefore be required to withdraw sponsorship of your student visa and you will be required to either leave the UK or apply for permission to stay in another immigration category.