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Undertaking studies elsewhere

Undertaking studies elsewhere during a period of interruption or re-sitting out of attendance

You need to check with your School whether you are able to take time out of your course and how long you can interrupt your study.  

Impact on Tier 4 Student or Student immigration permission

If you are in the UK with Tier 4 Student or Student immigration permission and you interrupt your studies or re-sit out of attendance, as you will not be required to attend your course Queen Mary will report this to the Home Office and your visa should be curtailed.  Please see our guidance on Reporting and Curtailment for more information. 

Tier 4 Student or Student immigration permission and progression requirements

Even if Queen Mary agrees that you can study elsewhere, the logistics of two new Tier 4 (General) Student or Student immigration applications (one to move to your new institution and one to return to your studies at Queen Mary) could be problematic.

Because you would not have completed your course at Queen Mary, you would normally have to return home to make an immigration application to study elsewhere as your new institution will be unable to certify academic progression.

You would normally have to return home to make your immigration application to resume your studies at Queen Mary. This is because your continued studies at Queen Mary would not be a progression of your studies elsewhere.

Time spent attending another course on Tier 4 Student or Student immigration permission could also count towards the cap (the number of years you are allowed to study in the UK at degree level).  Our guidance about the Time Limit (cap) on studies on Tier 4 and Student permission explains which type of courses are affected and the different rules depending on the immigration permission you hold.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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