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Durham University


CAS & visa advice for new students

If you have applied to start a new programme at Durham University and you are applying for a Tier 4 Student visa you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) in order to complete your application.

  • Once you have accepted a final unconditional offer for your programme, you will be sent a pre-CAS email asking you to confirm that your details are correct.
  • Once you have replied to the pre-CAS email, the Admissions team will process your CAS and email it to you as soon as it is ready.

You do not need to request a CAS as the Admissions Team will contact you. Please respond promptly to any correspondence you receive from them to avoid delays.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during extremely busy periods and would like to assure all applicants that we do recognise the importance and urgency of receiving your CAS and aim to process these as quickly as possible. CAS will be processed as a priority to meet appropriate start dates.

Please note: The Student Immigration Service is unable to answer any questions regarding the issuing of your CAS.

Contacting the University about your CAS

If you have questions about your CAS or you need to inform the University about changes to your situation, you can update your information or contact the University Admissions Team using the Application Portal.

Important information for pre-sessional English applicants

If you have applied for study at Durham University which includes a pre-sessional English course, the information below explains how obtaining a Combined CAS or a Single CAS will affect the visa application process.

  • Combined CAS: Allows you to apply for a visa which covers both pre-sessional English course and main programme
  • Single CAS: Allows to you apply for for a visa for one course only

10 week Pre-sessional English course followed by a main programme

As part of our service, we aim to support all applicants to Durham by providing specialist advice on immigration. This includes information on the process you need to follow to obtain a visa and any opportunities to save time or money when applying for your visa.

Obtaining a Combined CAS (for both pre-sessional and main programmes):

If you hold an offer for your main programme and you only have the English language condition outstanding, you may be eligible for a combined CAS

  • A Combined CAS will allow you to apply for one Tier 4 visa to cover both your pre-sessional English and main programmes, paying only one visa application fee
    • The standard fee for visa applications submitted outside the UK is approximately £348
    • The standard visa processing time is normally up to 15 days
    • Applications can be processed more quickly using the priority service for an additional fee of £212 or more
  • If you are already in the UK with a valid Tier 4 visa, you can use a Combined CAS to extend your visa for study at Durham on your pre-sessional and main programmes
    • The standard fee for visa applications submitted in the UK is £475 (plus additional fees)
    • The standard visa processing time is up to 8 weeks (from date biometric registration)
    • You can register at Durham once you have applied online, you don't have to wait until you receive your visa
  • A combined CAS will save you time and money and reduce the stress associated with applying for another visa in the UK once you have passed your pre-sessional English course
    • If your main programme is a Postgraduate Taught programme, you must pay both your pre-sessional and main programme deposits (if applicable) in order to receive the CAS

If you are eligible for a combined CAS, the Admissions team will issue it only when you provided documents confirming you have met the academic conditions of your offer (certificate or transcript), if required. Please do this as soon as possible to avoid any delay.

Obtaining a Single CAS (for pre-sessional English course only):

If you have not met the academic conditions of the offer for your main programme before you travel to Durham for your pre-sessional course, the University Admissions team can issue a single CAS, allowing you to apply for a Tier 4 visa for your pre-sessional course only.

  • Once you have successfully completed your pre-sessional course and have met all the conditions of the offer for your main programme, you will be issued with a new CAS
    • You can then apply to extend your Tier 4 visa application to cover your main programme
    • The Student Immigration team will help you with this, during your pre-sessional course
  • The Tier 4 visa application for your main programme must be completed online before the Tier 4 visa for your pre-sessional course expires

  • By applying to extend your Tier 4 visa from within the UK, you will be able to start your main programme before your new visa is issued
    • The standard visa application fee in the UK is £475 (plus additional costs)
    • It could take up to 8 weeks (from the date you register your biometrics) to receive your new visa
    • Applications can be processed more quickly by using the priority services which cost either £975 or £1275 (plus additional costs)
  • You cannot travel outside the UK until you receive the Tier 4 visa for your main programme

Further information on the Tier 4 requirements and the visa application process

The visa application process

Tier 4 requirements & evidence

Financial requirements & evidence

The Tier 4 Pilot Scheme

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Student Immigration Service if you still have other questions

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.