Changing Programmes at Durham
The following information explains what to do if you are changing programmes at Durham University.
Programmes which are shorter or the same length
If you want to change to a different programme at Durham University and your new programme is shorter or the same length (providing it as at the same level) as the programme you got your visa for, you must email UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) giving them your details, your visa information and details of the new programme, including start and end dates.
If your new programme is shorter, your visa will probably be shortened to the appropriate length of time for your new programme.
Programmes which are longer
If your new programme is longer than your previous programme you will need to extend your Tier 4 (General) visa at some point before your curent visa expires, so that you have enough time to complete your study.
You can apply to extend your visa at any time before your current visa expires.
If you are extending your programme to include a year of study abroad, you will also need to extend your Tier 4 (General) visa at some point before your curent visa expires.
Once you have progressed to the next level of your programme (usually in June) you can request a CAS* from the Student Immigration Office in order to extend your visa.
You can apply to extend your visa before you travel or on your return to the UK, depending on the time you have left.
*Please note: CAS are valid for six months from the date issued by the Student Immigration Office
If your new programme requires you to have clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) you must apply for ATAS clearance before changing programme.
If you hold ATAS clearance for your current programme and it is also required for your new programme, you must apply for ATAS clearance before changing programme.
You must also provide the Student Immigration Office with a copy of your new ATAS certificate once you have it.