List of Countries You Can Visit With UK Student Visa

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UK student visa is a dream come through for many people across the globe. This is due to the standard of education in the United Kingdom. UK education according to US News and World report rank number 2 after United states as countries with best education. There are various nationalities in the United Kingdom for educational purpose. According to the higher Education Statistics Agency, HESA, there were 679,970 international students pursuing their degrees in the UK between 2021/2022. The top 10 countries include China (143,820), India (84,555), Nigeria (21,305), United States (19,220), Hong Kong (16,655), Italy (14,605), France (14,090), Spain (12,290), Romania (12,860), and Pakistan (12,975).

The question to address in this article is, which countries can I visit with my UK student visa? In addition, we shall mention a few things you must know before exploring the world with your UK student visa.

Countries you can visit with UK student visa

A quick reminder that the United Kingdom is no longer an EU country and it’s not a Schengen country. Due to this, A student’s visa cannot have the same benefit of visa free country as  UK passport holder. Nevertheless, there are still great countries in North and South America you can visit with your UK student visa. These countries have beautiful sightseeing places that will be part of your memories about charming places across the globe for decades.

CountryContinentPassport eligibilityDays of visit
AlbaniaNorth AmericaAll Nationalities90 days
AnguillaNorth AmericaAll Nationalities90 days
ArubaSouth AmericaBolivia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Peru30 days
BahamasNorth AmericaIndia30 days
BermudaNorth AmericaEgypt, Gambia, Haiti, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Namibia, Pakistan, Samoa, South Africa, Vietnam30 days
Bosnia and Herzegovina EuropeAll nationalities (excluding Kosovo)30 days
Cayman IslandsNorth AmericaChina, India, Jamaica30 days
Dominican RepublicNorth AmericaAll Nationalities90 days
GeorgiaEuro-AsiaAll Nationalities90 days
IrelandEuropeBahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Montenegro, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan90 days
JamaicaNorth AmericaAlbania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia30 days
North MacedoniaEuropeAll Nationalities15 days
MexicoNorth AmericaAll Nationalities180 days
MoldovaEuropeAngola, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Zambia90 days
MontenegroEuropeAll nationalities30 days
PanamaNorth AmericaAll Nationalities30 days
PeruSouth AmericaIndia, China180 days
PhilippinesAsiaIndia, China14 days for India passport holders, 7 days for China passport holders (with possible 7-day extension)
SerbiaEuropeAll Nationalities90 days
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Can I travel anytime with my UK student visa?

The simple answer to that is NO. You cannot travel without considering some important factors to avoid visa cancellation. It is advisable for you to visit your university international student department for proper inquiry about this. In general, you are not allowed to travel during your course work or during the period you are writing your dissertation, except you are traveling for the purpose of research. Even at that, you need necessary document to collect from your institution as you will need them when entering your visiting country and when returning back to the United Kingdom.

There are several things to consider before choosing to explore the world with your UK student visa, but I strongly recommend that let your institution put you through and tell you the best period you can travel. This is important as some institutions may have slightly different policy from another.

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