University of Bath

Placements as a full-time Tier 4 visa student

Find out how your visa status affects the placement, or placements, you may do as part of your course.

Rules for Tier 4 students taking placements on their course

Full-time Tier 4 students can complete work placements during their time in the UK. However, part-time students on a Tier 4 visa are not allowed to undertake placements.

The placement must:

  • be an integral and assessed part of your course
  • take up no more than 50% of the total time that you spend on your course

You can work full time on a paid or unpaid placement for more than 20 hours per week if it is an integral and assessed part of your course. You must not be self-employed.

Adding a placement to your course

If you want to add a placement to your course you will need to:

  1. Speak to your department. If they agree with the course change they will submit a change of course form to the Student Immigration Service. We will contact you if you need to do anything with your visa.
  2. Make sure you have enough time left for study in accordance with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) time limit (i.e. you must be within the five-year time limit).
  3. Make a Tier 4 visa application (if applicable).

You are permitted to change onto a placement course before obtaining your new visa. You can apply for your new visa either before the placement or after the placement has finished (but not during the placement). Contact the Student Immigration Service for more advice.

Your faculty has staff dedicated to maintaining links with employers and helping you find a placement. The Careers Service can also offer good advice to prepare you for interviews and applications.

Doing a placement overseas

If you do a placement overseas, the University will continue to sponsor you. You must follow the same guidelines as if you were working in the UK and keep us informed of any changes.

Deciding not to do your placement

If you decide not to do your placement you should:

  • notify your department
  • ask your department for a change of programme form (with section C completed) - both your department and the Student Immigration Service will need to sign it
  • inform UKVI by completing the change of circumstances form

The Student Immigration Service will inform the Home Office that you will not be completing the placement year. If your visa included the placement year, it will be cut short. It will remain valid for four months after the completion of your studies, but you must then leave the UK or apply for a different visa.

Your responsibilities while on your placement

You must respond quickly to all University communications to your University of Bath email address. You'll also need to provide your new address and contact details to:

You are required to tell the University and your employer about any unexpected absence e.g. taking a day of due to illness. For more information on your responsibilities please read our see our attendance monitoring policy.