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Visa and Immigration

Travelling in Europe

Many students like to travel around Europe during holiday periods. Here you can find more information about how to do this and whether or not it affects your existing UK visa.

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UK Visa types

Student Visas (formerly known as Tier 4)

Student visas are multiple-entry visas, meaning you can travel in and out of the UK multiple times on the same visa.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Travel should be confined to approved holiday periods. For undergraduate students these are Christmas, Easter, summer. For postgraduate these are Christmas and Easter, the summer period is Term 3 and counts as term time. If you wish to take any absence of over 1 week during term time, you MUST submit an absence request and seek approval.

Standard Visitor Visas

Visa nationals: if you applied in advance for your standard visitor visa and you have this as a sticker in your passport, you can also travel in and out of the UK on the same visa.

Non-visa nationals: if you did not have to apply in advance and instead received a standard visitor study stamp in your passport when you arrived in the UK, your stamp will be invalidated when you leave the UK. 

You CAN travel outside the UK but you will need to be prepared to show the same documentation upon re-entry to the UK that you showed when you first arrived, this way you can get a new short-term study stamp.

Schengen Visas

Even if you hold a UK visa, you may still need a Schengen Visa to travel around Europe.

The Schengen Visa Nationalities List (PDF, 217KB) will tell you whether or not you require one of these visas. For more information about Schengen Visas you can view the following resource:

When applying for a Schengen Visa, you will require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from York St John University. These are generated by the Visa and Compliance team, so if you wish to apply for a NOC, please email

Please be advised that a NOC will not be generated for you for a term-time trip unless you have already sought and been given approval by your School (using the Student Visa Absence Request Form).

PLEASE NOTE: Schengen visa letter requests must be sent to the Visa and Compliance team with plenty of notice before your Embassy appointment. Letters cannot be done same-day or within 24 hours, especially during busy periods. These letters can take up to 5 working days to be completed, so be sure to request your letter in a timely fashion.

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