What if my circumstance change during my studies?

I want to transfer to a different course
I have failed a module
I need to take a break from my studies
I plan to do a work placement
I am pregnant
How do I make an appointment for visa advice from the University?
I need to return to my home country urgently during my term-time


I want to transfer to a different course

In the first instance you should discuss your situation with your course leader who may be able to suggest academic support. You should check that the course you wish to transfer to can be completed within your visa time limit; if it cannot you should contact PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk for further advice. All transfers of courses have to be notified by the University to the Home Office.

I have failed a module

If you have failed a taught module it is important that you find out when the reassessment will take place and that you check that the reassessment will be before your visa expires. If your visa will have expired before your reassessment takes place please contact PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk. If you have revision sessions timetabled to help you prepare for your reassessment, you must attend these as attendance is monitored on them.

If you are required to repeat a year please contact PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk. Depending on your circumstances, the University may be required to withdraw Tier 4 sponsorship of you and you may need to leave the UK and apply for a new visa from outside the UK.

If you are required to repeat one semester please contact PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk. Depending on your circumstances, the University may be required to withdraw Tier 4 sponsorship of you and you may need to leave the UK and apply for a new visa from outside the UK.

 

I need to take a break from my studies

You may feel that you need to take a break from your studies for a variety of reasons (eg. pregnancy, maternity leave, illness, financial or family reasons); it is important that you seek advice on your situation as soon as possible by discussing your situation with your Course Leader or Director of Studies and by making an appointment via PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk to speak with an international student adviser who can advise you on your specific situation. You should also read the information on the Interruption to Study procedures. The University is required to report to the Home Office all Tier 4 students who interrupt their study; the Home Office will then curtail your visa and you will be required to leave the UK and re-apply for a new visa, using a new CAS, at a later date prior to your resumption of studies.

I plan to do a work placement

You should check whether your original offer letter mentions the placement and allows enough time to do the placement. If the placement is included in your original offer letter your visa should cover you for the right amount of time.
If your original offer letter did not include a work placement then you must formally switch to the work placement mode and you will need to leave the UK to apply for a new visa, using a new CAS, in order to obtain a visa for the right length to time. Please refer to our information for visa applicants from outside the UK. Placements need to be an integral and assessed part of your course; if you are in doubt about this please seek advice from your course tutor. It is very important that your proposed placement has formal approval from your Course Leader before you embark upon it. The University is required to report details of your work placement to the Home Office so you must ensure you provide full contact details of your residence during your placement and of your workplace. You must also ensure you understand and adhere to the attendance monitoring procedures that will apply to you during your work placement.

I am pregnant

It is very important that you inform your Course Leader or Director of Studies immediately; some programmes of study involve activities or exposure to materials that may be harmful to pregnant women and unborn babies. You should also make an appointment via PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk to speak with an international student adviser who can advise you on your specific situation. In most cases you will need to interrupt your studies and leave the UK with your dependant partner and any other dependants you may have. Please refer to: Interruption to Study procedures.

If you leave the UK you will need to apply for a new visa to re-enter the UK to resume your studies after an interruption to studies. You will need to pay for a dependant visa application for your baby and you will need to ensure you can demonstrate that you have the financial resources for your new dependant.
Please also note that the baby’s father will be expected to be with you in the UK unless he is deceased or you have sole legal custody of your baby.
You should be aware that babies born in the UK are not automatically entitled to British citizenship.

How do I make an appointment for visa advice from the University?

Contact PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk.
Please remember to include your full name and University number (G…) in any email to PBSHelp@uclan.ac.uk.

I need to return to my home country urgently during my term-time

As a Tier 4 student you are required to attend your programme of study regularly and engage fully in it. If you feel you need to return to your home country urgently during your term-time you must seek permission to do so from your Course Leader/Director of Studies; inform your Hub and you are responsible for emailing: intlmonitoring@uclan.ac.uk with written confirmation that your Course Leader/Director of Studies has approved your absence whilst you return for a short period to your home country. Please ensure that you include your full name and G number when you email intlmonitoring@uclan.ac.uk.