International student advisers

Contact our advisers

You can contact our advisers before you join us and at any point during your study.

They can give advice about:

  • entry into the UK and extending your stay
  • changing your immigration status
  • Schengen visas and US visas
  • residency and settlement
  • work during your studies
  • funding your studies
  • general welfare.

We can't provide support for claims for asylum or issues requiring specialist legal help. In such cases we will refer you to appropriate agencies.

Applying for your visa

  • Tier 4 - student visa Under the UK points-based immigration system you need to apply for a general (adult) student visa under Tier 4 - student. To get a visa you need 40 points - 30 points are based on you having a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University; for the remaining 10 points you provide evidence you have enough money to study.
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) - this is a unique reference number emailed to you by the University’s international compliance team when you have been given an unconditional place. The information in your offer letter and your CAS number is called a CAS statement. This is used by the entry clearance officer or caseworker when assessing your visa application. You must include your CAS number and your original qualification documents listed by the University in your offer letter in your visa application.
  • Timescale - you must apply for your visa within six months of the date of issue of the CAS, but not earlier than three months before your course starts. Email us if you have any enquiries:
    Contact us
    International students

    Please bring your passport, travel and any other Home Office documents to an appointment.

  • Keep us updated - you should contact international admissions to provide any updated information relevant to your application as this may need to be included in your CAS. Your visa will show the University’s sponsor licence number - it's only for you to study at Teesside University.
  • Guidance
    • If you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, look at the guidance information on UK Visas and Immigration website.
    • If you are already in the UK, look at the guidance information and the application form on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
    • The UKCISA website has information notes on applying for visas from outside and within the UK, and one on your family’s immigration if you are bringing dependants with you.
  • Already in the UK? - if you are in the UK and have a visa to study with another sponsor, you must apply for a new visa to study at Teesside University using the CAS number we have issued to you. If you are in the UK and your visa expires more than one month before your course at Teesside starts you need to return home to apply for a new visa.
  • Workshops - our international student advisers run workshops on applying for visa extensions.

Other sources of immigration advice

Safety guide

The British Council publishes health, safety and welfare for international students.
British Council website

If you are coming to Teesside after studying at another educational institution in the UK, you must apply for your new visa before you can enrol on your course. You should apply for your visa and then make plans to travel to arrive for our orientation event.

  • The Link - advice service, Students' Union Building, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough
    T: 01642 342247
  • UKCISA advice line | Open Monday to Friday, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
    T: 020 7107 9922
  • Immigration Advisory Service | Open weekdays (except Wednesday), 9.30am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm
    T: 020 7207 357 6917
  • Miles, Hutchinson and Lithgow Solicitors, 68 Borough Road, Middlesbrough
    T: 01642 242698

Useful websites

Disabled students

The University welcomes applications from disabled people and support services are available. Contact the disability adviser as early as possible.

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