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Deferring, changing or suspending your course

If you wish to defer, suspend or change your course your Tier 4 (General) visa may be affected.

It is very important that you seek advice from your Faculty and the University VISAS Team before you make any change to your course of study. 

We encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before seeking advice; particularly the FAQ: Change of Programme and FAQ: Suspending and Repeating Studies

You can seek advice from the VISAS Team by speaking to a Visa Advisor at our regular drop-in service  or using our online enquiry form

General Information

Changes to your studies may affect your Tier 4 (General) visa.
Changes to your studies may affect your Tier 4 (General) visa.

When you are granted a Tier 4 visa, you agree to comply with the conditions (responsibilities) of your visa during your time in the UK. The conditions depend on the date that your Tier 4 visa was granted. One of the conditions of a Tier 4 visa limits the type of study you can do.

Your Tier 4 visa may be affected if:

If you are thinking about making a change to your studies, please contact the University VISAS Team before you make the change. You can speak to a Visa Advisor at our regular drop-in service or use our online enquiry form.

Useful External Links

Please note: The University of Southampton is not responsible for the content of external websites.

UKCISA: Protecting your Tier 4 status

Useful Internal Links

Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are uncertain about anything or you have a query, then our comprehensive frequently asked questions (FAQs) page may have the answer.

Visa Drop-in and Appointments

Visa drop-in and appointments

You can talk to one of our visa advisors by either coming along to one of our visa drop-in sessions, or you can book an appointment for an in depth discussion.

Enquiry form

Enquiry form

You can contact us through our online enquiry form. We strongly encourage people to contact us through the online enquiry form rather than directly emailing us.

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