Course attendance

You are expected to participate fully in your studies whilst you are in the UK, ensuring that you meet the attendance requirements of your course and comply with the University’s procedures for monitoring student attendance.

As your visa sponsor, the University has a duty to notify the Home Office if you withdraw from your programme of study or if, having failed to engage with your studies or attend a number of scheduled contact points, it is felt that you are no longer academically active and should be withdrawn.

Your permission to remain in the UK will, as a consequence, be withdrawn by the Home Office.

The Home Office has suggested that Universities may use some or all of the following in order to monitor student attendance:

Attending formal academic or pastoral care activities, including:

  • a lesson, lecture, tutorial, or seminar
  • a test, examination or assessment board
  • a meeting with a supervisor or personal tutor
  • a research-method or research-panel meeting, writing-up seminars or doctoral workshops, or;
  • an oral examination (viva)


  • assessed or unassessed coursework, or
  • an interim dissertation, coursework or report

Absence from study

In order to meet the conditions of their visa, students with a Tier 4 are expected to be present and engaged with their studies but they do not require permission from the University to be absent for short periods, or to leave the UK. 

Undergraduate students

During semesters 1 and 2, the Student Absence Policy applies.  

The summer vacation is free time - confirmation of the University's semester dates can be at the Senate Office website.

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students

During the taught element of your course, the Student Absence Policy applies.  

If you wish to leave Glasgow for the period of your dissertation, or be absent from Glasgow for more than 15 consecutive working days during the dissertation period of your course, please see the Dissertation study student guide.

Postgraduate Research (PGR) students

The University's Code of Practice states that Postgraduate Research Students are entitled to take a maximum of eight weeks' annual leave, including public holidays.  You should refer to your School/College PG Handbook to confirm Annual Leave procedures.