International students and guests

Visas for attending your graduation ceremony

In most cases, your visa is likely to be valid for you to attend your graduation ceremony. However, if your visa expires before the date of your ceremony, you may have to return to your home country and come back to the UK on a visitor visa.

Re-entering the UK on your Student Visa

If you leave the UK at the end of your studies, you should be able to come back with your Student Visa to attend your graduation ceremony, provided it is still valid and has not expired. However, please note that re-entry to the UK is never guaranteed and is at the discretion of the Border Force officer.

Returning to the UK on a visitor visa

If your Student Visa expires before your graduation ceremony, you won't be able to extend it for this purpose. Unless you are eligible to switch to another type of visa in the UK, the best option is usually to leave the UK and make a new application to come back with a visitor visa.

You can support your visa application with your official results letter and your invitation to the awards ceremony.

If you are a non-visa national, you may be eligible to get a stamp at the airport rather than applying for a visitor visa in advance. We recommend that you bring your results letter and invitation with you in your hand luggage and show this to the Border Force officer.

Visitor visas for guests

If you are inviting guests from overseas to attend your award ceremony, they may require a visitor visa to come to the UK.

Your guests may need evidence that you have completed your degree programme to support their visa application. You could provide them with a recent student status letter, or a copy (or screenshot) of your official results. They may also need a copy of your invitation to the awards ceremony.