Your responsibilities

As a Tier 4 visa holder, there are numerous conditions to which you must adhere.

Attendance and Engagement on your programme

If you are a Tier 4 student, it is a legal requirement for you to engage with and participate in all areas of your programme of study. As a condition of the University's Tier 4 sponsor licence, we are required by law to monitor your attendance and engagement.

We are also required to notify the Home Office if you:

  • Withdraw from your programme of study
  • Fail to attend/engage to a satisfactory level

Studying remotely at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year

Most teaching and supervision activity is taking place online and you may not be required to be in the UK or on the University campus.

New Students:
If you have not yet travelled to the UK, you should commence your studies remotely and travel to the UK when you are able to secure a visa/travel and when it is safe for you to make the journey. You will be under the University's Tier 4 sponsorship from the start of the academic year, and it is important that you fully engage with your programme of studies both before and after you arrive in the UK. If you fail to engage with your studies or respond to University contact for more than 30 days, we are required to withdraw you from your programme and inform the Home Office.

Returning Students: If you already have a Tier 4 visa and you are continuing your programme off-campus during Semester 1, your visa will remain valid whether you are in the UK or not. Please continue to fully engage with your studies so that we can continue to sponsor your visa. If you fail to engage with your studies or respond to University contact us for more than 30 days, we are required to withdraw you from your programme and inform the Home Office.

"Engaging" with your studies means:

  • Attending lessons, lectures, tutorials, labs and seminars
  • Sitting tests, exams and assessments
  • Meeting your supervisor(s) and/or academic adviser
  • Submitting coursework (whether assessed or unassessed), reports or a dissertation

For postgraduate research students:

  • Meeting with your supervisor(s)
  • Attending research-method or research-panel meetings, writing-up seminars or doctoral workshops
  • Sitting an oral examination/viva
  • Submitting chapters, research plans or a full thesis

Undergraduate Students

If you are unable to attend a timetabled activity for any reason (e.g. illness), please see the Student Absence Policy. If you have an issue that may prevent you from engaging with your studies for a longer period, it is very important that you discuss this with your school.

Undergraduate students are not usually required to attend or engage with their studies over the summer vacation period. Please see the University's Senate Office webpages for more information on semester dates.

Postgraduate Taught Students

If you are unable to attend a timetabled activity for any reason (e.g. illness), please see the Student Absence Policy. If you have an issue that may prevent you from engaging with your studies for a longer period, it is very important that you discuss this with your school.

During your dissertation/project period, you are still classed as a full-time student and must continue to engage with your studies as such. If you need to leave the UK for academic or personal reasons, discuss this with your school.

Postgraduate Research Students

You are required to engage with your studies full-time throughout the academic year, with the exception of any periods of annual leave. If you need to leave the UK for personal reasons or for research, please see the University's webpages or contact your Graduate School.

Suspension of Study/Long Periods of Absence

Some students may need to suspend their studies due to personal, medical, financial or other reasons. There are some restrictions on the length of absence/suspension a Tier 4 student can take for their visa to remain valid.

Suspensions of 60 days or less: If your school or college gives you approval to be absent for a period of 60 days or less, your visa sponsorship will continue, and your Tier 4 visa will be valid to stay in or re-enter the UK to resume your studies later.

Suspensions of more than 60 days: If your school or college gives you approval to be absent for more than 60 days, the University is required to withdraw sponsorship of your visa. If you are in the UK, you will need to leave the UK and apply for a new visa when you are ready to return and resume your studies. Please note that this also applies to suspensions of study requested for maternity leave.

If you are considering suspending or deferring your studies, contact International Student Support who can offer you further advice.


Personal information

When you register on MyCampus, you must provide the University with your term time contact details.

This should include:

  • Your residential address in the United Kingdom
  • Your home telephone number in the United Kingdom (if you have one)
  • Your mobile telephone number (if you have one)

You must ensure that you keep these details up-to-date using MyCampus. You will receive an automated email via MyCampus to your student email account each semester to remind you of this.

Informing the Home Office of changes

Please also remember that you must inform the Home Office about any changes to the following for yourself or any dependants:

  • Personal details
  • Criminal convictions
  • Contact details
  • Representative details
  • Dependants’ details
  • Any other information that you think the Home Office should have.

You must do this by completing the PBS (Migrant Change of Circumstances) form provided by the Home Office. For changes of address only, you can use the Home Office's online form.

Biometric Residence Permits

If you have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you must also keep this up to date with certain changes.

You can face a fine of up to £1,000 if it is not kept updated.

Find out more on Biometric Residence Permits.


Police Registration

Nationals of certain countries who have been issued a visa exceeding six months are required to register with the Police. The requirement is usually printed on one of the following:

  • Your entry clearance vignette (inside your passport)
  • The reverse of your BRP
  • The letter you received from UK Visas & Immigration confirming your visa application was successful.

Please see the International Student Support webpage for further information on whether police registration is required for you, and for more information on how and where to register.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to make an appointment to register with the police or update your registration certificate. Please keep checking the above webpages for updates on when the police offices will reopen. You will not be penalised for failing to register for the above reason.


Working during your studies

Students studying on a Tier 4 visa at the University of Glasgow are normally allowed to work:

  • Up to 20 hours per week during term-time if on a course at or above bachelor's degree level, or
  • Up to 10 hours per week during term-time if on a course below bachelor's degree level (eg. pre-sessional courses)
  • Full-time during designated university vacation periods and in the visa "wrap-up" period following completion of their course
  • On work placements which form an assessed part of their course

For most undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, term-time is defined as the official semester dates on the University's website. However some programmes may follow a different calendar. You should check with your school if this is the case. Master's students working on their dissertation/project during the summer semester are still in term-time and therefore still subject to the weekly limit.

Postrgraduate research students do not have designated vacation periods definied in the university semester dates. The weekly limit for these students applies year-round except for periods of annual leave (which are arranged between you and your school) and the period of university closure over Christmas/New Year.

The restricted hours apply as the weekly maximum you can work in term-time. If you work for more than one employer and/or more than one university department concurrently, the cumulative number of hours you work must not exceed your total limit. A week is defined as a period of 7 days starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.

In addition to the restricted hours, the following types of work are completely prohibited for Tier 4 students:

  • Self-employment/business activity
  • Doctor or dentist in training (except for recognised foundation programmes)
  • Sportsperson or sports coach
  • Entertainer
  • Any full-time, permanent vacancy (with the exception of Student Union Sabbatical Officer or doctor/dentist in training on a recognised foundation programme.

Working permission (including the number of hours you can work) should always be shown on your Entry Clearance vignette and/or your BRP. A breach of working conditions is a very serious offence. It can result in detention, removal from the UK and automatic refusals of future UK visa applications.

More information on working during studies is available from the Tier 4 Policy Guidance and from International Student Support.

The above information is for Tier 4 visa holders only. Students with Short-term Study leave are not permitted to work in the UK (including on work placements).