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Frequently asked questions

On this page, we address several common questions often raised by students.

If you still have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is always ready to provide you with additional information or clarification.

What are the advantages of working with Inova Education in looking for, and applying for, study programmes in the UK or Netherlands?

With 27 years of expertise in helping international students, Inova Education is a highly reputable and well-established international study expert in Latin America.

Our dedicated team, based in Latin America and the United Kingdom, specializes in offering tailored and expert guidance to Latin American students interested in studying in the United Kingdom or Netherlands. We provide comprehensive support, from counselling, application assistance and enrolment support through our LATAM team, to in-country support from our UK team, ensuring a seamless journey every step of the way.

While you have the option to apply and enroll in a course at a university overseas independently, the process of studying overseas can be more complex than you may think and there are many stages to the process. Working with Inova Education will benefit you in various ways:

  • Tailored and comprehensive guidance.
    Our expert team will work with you to help you identify the most suitable options in the UK and Netherlands, taking into consideration your personal, career and financial requirements, ensuring we link you to relevant course options.
  • Personal support.
    As part of our support we will assign you a dedicated Study Advisor to guide you through every step of the process. We have a very international team, most with international study or work experience themselves so we all know through personal experience what yo uare about to embark on.
  • Streamlined application process.
    We work with you on your application and covering documents, check them carefully, help with translations, and submit your applications to our university partners making the process smooth and efficient for you.
  • Visa assistance.
    We assist you throughout the student visa application process, preparing you well in advance, checking your documents and carefully guiding you through every step of the process ensuring your student visa gets issued.
  • Events, Webinars and Presentations
    Our students have access to a wide range of events, from general university presentations to subject-specific course webinars led by academics, career counseling, finance and scholarship webinars, visa support. Whatever you need to know we will offer it. We organise our events throughout the year and deliver most of them online, making it easy for you to access them.

Please have a look here for a full overview of how we help Latin American students.

Is Inova Education licensed or accredited to act as an education agent?

Do you need a license to act as an education agent?

We do not need a license to do the work we do. In the UK and LATAM there is no such requirement within our sector.

Do you need accreditation to act as an education agent?

Inova Education endorses the British Council UK Agent Quality Framework (AQF).

Jointly led by the British Council, the British Universities’ International Liaison Association (BUILA), UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and Universities UK International (UUKI), the AQF has been put in place as a result of extensive work with students, education providers, education advisers and agents. It’s designed to enhance the partnership between the education sector, agents and counselors and to recognise and share best practice.*

Inova Education endorses the AQF and adheres to it in the following manner:

  1. We are registered on the British Council database of certified agents and counsellors
    Inova Education is certified by the British Council and our team are all British Council certified counsellors.You can check the British Council Database of Certified Agents and Counsellors here. Please ensure you search for Inova Education under the Find a Certified Agent section.
  2. We have completed the UK Agent and Counsellor Training
    We are committed to continous training and development of our team. Our staff actively engage in ongoing internal training and participate in training programmes provided by our university partners. In addition, we are part of the British Council agent and counsellor training. Our certification details have been officially included in the British Council database of certified agents and counsellors.
  3. We adhere to the National Code of Ethical Practice for Education Agents
    The National Code sets out expectations, standards and best practice for the sector and Inova Education and our staff have signed up to the code ensuring we are in compliance with, or working towards implementing, the 5 standards set out in the framework.
  4. Confidentiality and Data Protection
    We respect your personal information and ensure strict confidentiality in line with the UK Data Protection Act 2018, UK GDPR and EU GDPR.

* Source: British Council/BUILA

Do you formally work with the universities you represent?

Yes we do. Inova Education is officially and contractually appointed by all the universities we represent, enabling us to assist students throughout Latin America.

Universities in the UK and Netherlands welcome students from diverse backgrounds. Recognizing that international students often request localized support it is simply not feasible for universities to establish offices in every country which is why they partner with established student support organizations like Inova Education.  We believe in maintaining an open and honest relationship with you, which includes being transparent about how our services are funded and we may receive a commission when a student enrols in one of our partner universities. Please rest assured that this does not affect the transparancy and quality of the services we provide. Ultimately, you are in charge as it are your needs and preferences that are the starting point of our guidance and assistance, so you steer the direction of the process. If we have options that align with your goals and aspirations, that’s great. However, if we don’t, there are numerous other avenues available for you to explore and pursue your studies abroad. We dedicate significant time and resources to provide personalized, in-depth guidance to each student.

What if I’m interested in a university that you don’t represent?

We don’t just limit our support to students interested in our university partners. If you are interested in applying to a university that we don’t officially represent we will still be more than happy to help you, albeit for a fee. Regardless of the university you apply for, you will receive the same level of support and services as students applying to our partner universities.

Our priority is to help you invest in your future by ensuring that you receive the best possible advice and support tailored to your unique goals and aspirations. Our aim is to help you navigate your educational journey with confidence, making informed decisions every step of the way.

Do you charge a fee for your services?

Inova Education offers free general counseling and student support services to all Latin American students, granting access to our comprehensive support, information, and webinars.

In the autumn of 2024 we may introduce a small fee for students who decide to commence the application process with our assistance. With this, you’ll receive personalized support, including a dedicated Study Advisor who will guide you through all application steps, we will process your applications and manage follow-ups. You’ll also gain access to our wide range of support, including visa, travel, finance, and other relevant sessions and webinars to prepare for your overseas studies.

Furthermore, we provide various personal training opportunities, both free and paid, at different levels:

  • Level 1: Free general counseling and student support services, granting access to our general support, information, and webinars.
  • Level 2: All Level 1 services plus access to a dedicated personal Study Advisor to assist with document checking, preparation and application processing.
  • Level 3: All Level 1 and 2 services + access to 3 specialist personal and career mentoring and coaching training sessions.
  • Level 4: All Level 1 and 2 services + access to 5 specialist personal and career mentoring and coaching training sessions.Training will be delivered by our colleagues from the Inova Education & Training UK office.

It’s important to note that certain costs may be associated with various aspects of the process, such as document translation fees (payable to the translation company you use), university application fees (applicable to some UK and Dutch universities), visa application fees payable to the respective immigration authorities, and medical care expenses while studying abroad. These costs are separate from our services.

Students will be provided with full details when they apply to one of our university partners.

I would like to apply for a study place and request your assistance. What are the next steps I should take?

If you are interested in our services and would like our support to find a suitable course, the next step is to contact us, get to know our team and explore how our services can support you.

Applying to a university abroad can feel overwhelming and we understand that even reaching out for help can be a hurdle. That’s where Inova Education comes in! Based on your situation, we’ll recommend the best level of support to guide you through the process.

Unsure about our role, or those of educational consultants, in general?
Use these helpful guidelines from BUILA* as a starting point, and then reach out to us for a friendly chat. We’re here to make your educational journey smoother.

BUILA (British Universities’ International Liaison Association)

When are the application deadlines?

United Kingdom

  • Most courses start in September each year with some offering a second intake in January.
  • There is no fixed application deadline for foundation, pre-masters, graduate diploma and postgraduate courses. You can apply as long as there are places available but it is important to allow sufficient time for your application and visa processing.
  • The application process for undergraduate Bachelors courses is a bit different though. Many undergraduate applicants need to use the centralized UK admissions system known as UCAS, which typically closes a couple of months before the course start date and for some courses even up to a year in advance (Medicine and Dentistry). Inova Education will assist you with your undergraduate applications.
  • You can apply for a study place at a UK university even if you are waiting for your final examination results, or still need to take an English language proficiency exam. Universities can issue conditional offers, allowing you to secure a study place whilst giving you time to work towards meeting specific conditions, such as achieving a minimum score on an English language exam or securing a specific score in your final exams.
  • You can apply for a study place well in advance of the actual start date of the course. For example, if you plan to begin your studies in the upcoming academic year (September 2024 or January 2025), you can submit your application now, even up to a year in advance.

Due to the high volume of applications received from international students, we advice students to submit their application as early as possible. This ensures you secure your place well in advance and allows sufficient time to work towards achieving all other objectives such as arranging financing, securing accommodation, make travel arrangements, etc.


  • In the Netherlands, the majority of courses also commence in September, with some offering a second, January, intake.
  • Dutch universities have a much stricter application deadline, usually around May each year with scholarship deadlines several months  prior to that.

Please bear in mind that places can fill rather quickly, depending on the popularity of the course you apply for. You also need to give yourself enough time to make all necessary arrangements in preparation for your studies overseas. Therefore we advise you to start the application procedure as soon as possible, ideally about 6 – 8 months in advance of your study start date in order to avoid disappointment. However, we regularly find ourselves helping students that secure a place in as little as 2 months.

How do I find out more about your study programmes?

If you have specific queries about any of the universities we represent, their courses, or the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a coversation with one of our team members. You can complete our contact form here.

Please also have a look at our online Postgraduate Master’s course database.

You can also follow us on Facebook to learn about all the events we organise.

Does the UK or Netherlands offer financial support to international students?

There are various ways to fund your studies. From scholarships and loans to private funding, we’ll make sure you are provided information that may help you finance your studies.

University scholarships

Many universities offer some type of (partial) scholarships to international students, which can be either automatic or competitive. Scholarship opportunities change from year to year, so it’s advisable to check our country pages by selecting the Your Country drop-down at the top of our page.

Scholarships in the UK typically range from partial scholarships or bursaries, ranging from a few hundred to several thousand pounds. Some universities may even provide more substantial scholarship amounts. It’s worth noting that UK courses are generally shorter in duration compared to similar programs in Latin America or the United States, which can make the overall tuition fees more affordable, particularly when compared to the US and Canada. Keep in mind that to apply for scholarships, you typically need to secure a confirmed study offer from a university first.


The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office administers the prestigious British Chevening Programme anually.

The Chevening Programme offers full scholarships to exceptional non-British students, enabling them to pursue their studies at a UK university. Applicants working with Inova Education will receive comprehensive information about the Chevening Programme, and you will have the opportunity to attend informative presentations as well.

Chevening website

Study Loans

As an international student it is not possible to secure study loans from banks in the UK or  Netherlands when you are a foreign national who does not work or live in those countries. Therefore study loans can only be secured from a study loan organisation in your home country.

Mexican students, especially those studying at Postgraduate level, may find there are various opportunities available for scholarships or study loans (creditos) through organisations such as CONACyT, FIDERH or FUNED (Mexico), Programa de 100 Becas de estudio para la Soberanía Científica y Tecnólogica (Bolivia) or Don Carlos Antonio Lopez (Paraguay). If you’d like to receive some more information about these scholarship and student loan schemes available please contact us.

Other national scholarship or study loan organisations

Latin American students, especially those studying at Postgraduate level, may find there are various opportunities available for scholarships or study loans (creditos) through a wide range of organisation. Here is an overview of some well-established programmes that may be of interest to you. Also mentioned are the current application rounds and deadlines.

Bolivia Programa de 100 Becas de estudio para la Soberanía Científica y Tecnólogica
Brazil CAPES
Colombia Banco de la RepúblicaColcienciasColfuturo or ICETEX
Costa Rica CONAPE
Honduras Hondufuturo or Becas Honduras
Peru PRONABEC or SERVIR Reto Excelencia
Mexico CONACyTBecas MOB, EducafinFIDERH or FUNED
Paraguay BECAL
Uruguay ANII

If you wanted to have a chat about some of these options please contact us.

What level of English do I need to apply?

To study in the UK and Netherlands you need to be able to read, write and speak English very well. You’ll need to prove your competency by taking a recognised and approved English language test such as the Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge Proficiency, IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE*.

  • What English test scores are required by universities?

The level of English required depends on the university where you will be studying and the level and difficulty of the programme you apply for. For instance, an English Literature programme may require a higher score than a Fine Art programme. Most universities ask for a 6.5 in the IELTS Academic exam overall and may have specific requirements in each component of the IELTS test depending on the programme.

  • What English test scores are required by Pathway/Foundation colleges?

Students that have to study a Foundation, Pre-Masters or Graduate Diploma course are often required to obtain an IELTS score (or equivalent) of at least 4.5 or 5.0
This will often secure students a place on a 3-term foundation programme. A higher IELTS score (5.0 or 5.5) would mean that students can start on a shorter, fast-track, 2-term foundation programme.

  • How long is my English language exam certificate valid for?

The IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT are valid for 2 years. As long as your certificate is still valid on the date you apply for your visa you can use that certificate for your UK Study visa application.

If you have an offer from a university but your English language certificate has expired before you apply for your visa you have to re-take a recognised English language exam before you apply for your visa.

  • Where can I take the various English language tests?

Tests are offered across LATAM on a regular basis.

  • IELTS test centres and test dates

To find out more about IELTS Academic or IELTS for UKVI test centres and test dates in your country please click here.

An IELTS Academic exam will cost anywhere between USD215-310 depending on the location and the IELTS Academic for UKVI will cost around USD280-300**.

  • TOEFL iBT test centres and test dates

To find out more about the TOEFL iBT test centres and test dates in your country please click here.

For more information about Secure English Language Tests accepted by the UKVI please click here.

*Pearson PTE Academic is not accepted by all universities.
**Prices correct Aug 2023

I haven’t got my final results yet. Can I still apply?

You can apply for a study place even if you’re still awaiting your final exam results or still have to take an English language exam. Universities in the UK and Netherlands can make conditional offers, allowing you to secure a place while you work towards meeting the entry requirements.

How much will it cost to study?

Tuition fees for undergraduate or postgraduate courses vary and can be anything from £11,000 to £26,000 (USD 14,000 – 33,000*), not including potential discounts and scholarships. You’ll also need around £9,000 to £11,500 each year to cover your living costs, depending on where you live.

To get a study visa, you’ll need to be able to prove you have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and support yourself in your first year of studies. We will help you look for any scholarships, bursaries and loans you may be eligible for.

Aside from the tuition fees, the immigration rules state that the funds you need to be able to demonstrate you have available are:

  • £1,334 per month for study in London
  • £1,023 per month for study outside London
  • €850 per month for study in the Netherlands. Please note that the actual cost of living in the Netherlands is between €850-€1,200 per month.

The maximum amount of money you must show you have available is the relevant sum multiplied by at least nine months.

* January 2024 exchange rates

Can you help me with translations of my documents?

Yes we can.

It is important that your translations meet the university application requirements as well as future visa application requirements. Unfortunately in our experience a lot of students apply with translations that cannot be used for visa purposes, wasting money in the process as you will have to translate documents twice. We want to avoid this inconvenience and that’s why Inova Education has, for many years, partnered with Seven Seas Translations and our students benefit from their prompt, professional and certified, UKVI compliant translation work.

Our students benefit from:

  • A high quality professional and personalised service from expert Spanish to English translators
  • University and UKVI visa and immigration regulation compliant translations, so you won’t have to do them twice
  • Special reduced prices for all Inova Education students
  • A very quick turnaround.
  • You will receive your translations electronically as a high-resolution PDF. If required, hard copies can be couriered anywhere in Latin America (against an additional fee)

If you’d like to receive a competitive quote please do so online here.

Before submitting a translations request to our partner please ensure that your Inova Education advisor has confirmed confirmed your Spanish language documents meet the university admission and visa requirements to avoid you wasting money on translations which cannot be used.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK or Netherlands and will you help me apply?

Non-EU passport holders that want to study a pre-university, undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the UK or Netherlands, will need to apply for a study visa.

United Kingdom

Applying for a study visa in the UK follows specific steps and requirements:

  1. Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS): To begin the visa application process, students must first receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from their UK host university. This CAS is only issued after securing an unconditional offer from a recognized educational institution, as recognized by the UK Visas and Immigration office (UKVI).
  2. Financial Proof: Applicants are required to provide evidence of having sufficient funds to cover their tuition fees and living expenses in the UK.
  3. English Language Proficiency: Meeting the minimum English language requirements set by the UKVI and the university is essential so you will need to secure an official English proficiency exam.
  4. Application Process: You will apply for your study visa directly with the UKVI, with help of a local visa application centre.
  5. Visa Application Fee: The cost of applying for a UK study visa is £490 (or approximately $620*). This fee is a standard charge, set by the British Government and is payable directly to the UKVI.

The Netherlands

The visa application process for students planning to study in the Netherlands is similar to that of the UK:

  1. Academic and Language Requirements: Like in the UK, students must provide evidence that they meet the academic and English language requirements specified by the IND (Immigratie-en Naturalisatiedienst).
  2. Financial Proof: Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have secured sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses.
    Note that in some cases students may be required to pay their tuition fees in full upfront and transfer living expenses to the university before the visa process begins!
  3. Application Process: Dutch universities typically apply for the study visa on behalf of the student although students will have to visit the local embassy as part of the process.
  4. Visa Application Fee: The cost of applying for a Dutch study visa is EUR 228 (or approximately $250*). This fee is a standard charge set by the Dutch Government and is payable to the IND.

Inova Education will verify if you need a visa, what type of visa and, in most cases, will provide help and support to guide you through every step of the visa application process. Note that we are study visa experts and have a 100% student visa success rate!

To receive more information about the visa application process, or to request our help with your application, please contact us.

Student Route specifics (UK-only)

  • You can apply for your Student Route visa up to 6 months before the start of your course. For those applying for visa renewals from within the UK it is 3 months.
  • If you have been studying in the UK on a Student Route visa all international students are eligible to apply for a further work visa under the Graduate Route. You can apply for this visa from within the UK. Students that successfully complete an undergraduate Bachelor’s or Master’s course can apply for a 2 year extension and those that have completed their PhD studies successfully can apply for a 3 year extension.
  • If you are a PhD student you can bring dependants and they can also apply for the Graduate Route visa. If this applies to you, and you apply for your Graduate Route visa, you will not be required to demonstrate ability to financially support yourself.
  • For more information about the Graduate Route please see the Can I work in the UK after graduation (Graduate Route) section.
  • Students at degree level, or above, will no longer be required to submit academic qualification documents when applying for a visa. This assessment is done beforehand by the university sponsor.

* Prices correct as of January 2024.

Are you a licensed UK or Dutch immigration advisor?

We specialize in study visas and have a successful track record of assisting international students with their study visa application since their introduction. Licensing is not a prerequisite for our line of work and not required by our university partners, nor required under the British Council UK Agent Quality Framework. Licensing will necessitate training in various visa categories, extending way beyond our specific expertise, making it costly and unnecessary.

We have dedicated staff focused on visa applications who receive continuous training, both internally, through our university partners and other UK organizations such as UKCISA and the British Council that keep us informed about changes to the immigration rules that affect students.

There are exceptions of course. Do to our experience we do regularly get complicated visa cases referred to us independently or by our university partners. In such instances we may seek advice from licensed immigration solicitors to support our cases, after consultation with the student.

As experts in study visas, we are committed to guiding you through the entire student visa application process. We recognize the vital importance of offering accurate and straightforward advice. Providing incorrect immigration guidance can have serious consequences. Therefore, we strongly advise against relying on unverified information from online forums and encourage you to consult Inova Education.

We have extensive knowledge and experience and are fully equipped to navigate students through the process effectively. Your peace of mind and a successful visa application are our top priorities, and we take pride in maintaining a 100% success rate for study visas since their introduction.

Student Route visa and Graduate Route visa

The Student Route visa is the name given to the visa international students have to apply for.

The Graduate Immigration Route is the name of a programme that offers all international students the opportunity to apply for a 2 or 3 year work visa.

For more information please see our FAQ ‘Can I work in the UK after graduation?

Differential Evidence arrangements

Students from Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, as well as those (dual) nationals applying under their EU, EEA, Swiss, Canadian or United States passport, benefit from a simplified student visa application process as they are allowed to submit fewer documents with their visa application.

The differentiation arrangements apply for PBS Student Route and PBS Child Student Route visa applications.

Students that qualify under the Differential Evidence arrangements will still have to meet the immigration documentary requirements, like any other visa applicant, but they do not have to submit the following documents with their visa application:

  • Documents showing your previous academic qualifications, such as diplomas or transcripts of results
  • Documents showing you meet the finance/maintenance requirements incl evidence of relationship to a parent or legal guardian providing financial sponsorship
  • English language test certificates or documents
  • Evidence of academic progression (successful completion of a previous course in the UK, on a Tier 4 visa)

Students will have to apply for entry clearance from the country where they are living (country of residence) and ensure they apply with their main nationality being from one of the above mentioned countries.

Dependant family members will also benefit from the scheme provided they apply for their visa at the same time as the main applicant, apply for entry clearance in their country of nationality and hold the same nationality as the main applicant.

What is ATAS and do I need it?

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a requirement for non UK or EU students that apply for postgraduate study in certain subjects. Students that require ATAS clearance will usually be notified about this on the offer letter that they receive from the university they applied to. However, if students are not sure if their course requires ATAS clearance they should check directly with the university they’ve applied to.

  • Students need to apply for an ATAS certificate, and obtain ATAS clearance, BEFORE they apply for a study visa. Without ATAS clearance your visa application will not be successful.
  • Students can start the ATAS application with either a conditional or unconditional offer.
  • If students hold more than one offer for a programme that requires ATAS clearance they need to apply for separate ATAS clearance certificates for each university and programme of study.
  • Obtaining an ATAS clearance certificate does not guarantee students a visa or extension of stay.
  • Students can apply for an ATAS certificate up to 6 months in advance of the beginning of their course.
  • Applying for an ATAS certificate can be done online and the application is free.
  • The FCO aims to process all ATAS applications within 20 working days although this time may increase during busy periods.

For more information on ATAS please visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Can my family or partner join me?

You can only bring your dependants to the UK if you are studying one of the following postgraduate research-level courses:

  • A PhD course;
  • A doctoral qualification; or
  • A research-based higher degree

Therefore students studying an Undergraduate course or Postgraduate Master’s are not allowed to bring their dependants to the UK.

Students that fall into one of the above research categories, and that are allowed to bring their dependants, need to apply for a visa for each of their dependants. You have to be able to demonstrate that you can financially support your dependants.

If you intend to bring your dependants you need to contact us as you need to prepare for their visa applications well in advance.

How do I find somewhere to live?

Student accommodation ranges from university owned halls of residence, which may have restaurants, to self-catered private sector halls of residence and private apartments and student houses.

Most of the UK universities we work with guarantee international students a room provided they apply by a strict deadline.

Students that don’t want to live in accommodation provided by the university will have to look for a student room in a private sector student halls of residence or students houses. There are many private student accommodation agencies located in or around campus all over the UK who will help you look for a room that meets your requirements and budgets. Most universities themselves have accommodation offices on campus helping students look for rooms in the private sector.

Note that in the Netherlands most universities have a very limited number of rooms available to international students and you have to apply by very very early deadlines.

Inova Education staff will advise you on what options are available when you book a course through us and how to apply for student accommodation.

Medical Care whilst studying in the UK

All students, and their family members, applying for a PBS Student Route Visa, are required to make a contribution to the UK’s National Health Service. This payment is called the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and will ensure you have full access to medical care during your stay in the UK.

This means that there is no need to take out additional private medical insurance, other than travel and medical insurance covering your trip to and from the UK or trips outside the UK.

The Immigration Health Surcharge is £776 per year or half if your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months.

You pay the IHS charge at the same time you apply for your study visa.

If you are on a course of less than 6 months you do not pay the IHS but instead have to take out private medical insurance. Students that come to the UK to study on a governmental Chevening scholarship also don’t have to pay the IHS charge.

Tuberculosis test requirements for students

Students from certain countries need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if they are coming to study in the UK for more than 6 months. If you take the TB test you will be receiving a certificate that is valid for 6 months. You need to be tested at a Home Office approved clinic. The certificate needs to be submitted with your visa application and cannot be more than 6 months old by the time you submit your visa application.

Residents from the following Central and South American countries need a TB certificate.

Suriname (get tested in Guyana)

For more info please visit the Tuberculosis Tests for Visa Applicants page on the Home Office website.

Can I work during my studies?

United Kingdom

If you have a study visa and as long as your course lasts for longer than six months and is an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during vacations.

Students that undertake foundation level courses are not allowed to work during their initial course with the exception of those students studying at so called ‘integrated colleges.’ Students that undertake courses that last less than 6 months are not entitled to work during their studies.

Most universities recommend working for no more than 12 hours a week.

Whatever your plans, make sure you’re never depending on employment to pay for your studies. To get a study visa and gain entry clearance to the UK you must be able to prove you have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living expenses for at least the first year of your studies.

When considering the option of looking for employment during your studies you have to bear in mind that your main aim is to study and complete your course successfully. We know from experience that many international students often do not have enough time to work next to their studies as courses in the UK are shorter in duration and thus can be more intensive. Most universities recommend that students do not work for more than 12 hours per week as otherwise your studies will suffer.

In accordance with European employment law employers have to pay you a minimum wage depending on your age.

You do not require official permission to work up to the permitted hours, provided you are not engaging in business, self employment or the provision of services as a sports person or entertainer. You can also undertake work placements which are part of your course or undertake internship placements with an employer whilst studying in the UK.

Whatever your plans, please ensure that you never depend on income received through work to pay for your studies. In order to obtain a study visa and gain entry clearance to the UK you must be able to prove you have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living expenses for at least the first year of your studies.

The Netherlands

Non-EU students are allowed to work up to a maximum of 16 hours or full-time during the months of June, July and August provided they find an employer that is willing to apply for a work visa for you.

Can I work in the UK or Netherlands after graduation?

United Kingdom

Yes, international students who successfully complete their studies and apply for the Graduate Route visa will be able to stay in the UK to work, or look for work, for a period of either 2 or 3 years.

The Graduate (Immigration) Route is a work-visa that allows Undergraduate and Master’s degree students to stay for an additional two years, whilst PhD students will be able to stay for a further three years.

The Graduate Immigration Route will be open to all international students:

  • who currently have a valid Student Route visa, and
  • whose current visa expires after 01 July 2021, and
  • who have successfully completed a UK degree at undergraduate Bachelor’s, postgraduate Master’s or postgraduate PhD (Doctorate) level in its entirety. The start date of your course is not relevant as long as you have obtained your qualification during your current Student permission and the qualification is the same one for which your CAS was issued, and
  • who have fully studied their course in the UK. If a course is less than 12 months the full course must have been fully studied in the UK. If the course is longer than at least 12 months must have been studied in the UK *, and
  • have a qualification that has been awarded by a HE provider listed as a Student Sponsor with a track record.


  • You can only apply for the Graduate Route online whilst you are physically in the UK. You cannot apply for the Graduate Route from overseas.
  • Like any other visa, you will have to pay the relevant visa application fee and pay your standard Immigration Health Surcharge to have access to medical care whilst you’re in the UK. If you pay the IHS you do not require further private medical insurance.
  • There is no need to provide evidence of funds available showing you meet the maintenance requirements. You also do not have to submit an English language or other educational certificate, as these requirements will be met by successfully completing a degree at a UK university.
  • If you have a government scholarship (either the UK or your home government) you need the sponsoring body’s  permission to apply for the Graduate Route.
  • Student can, following completion of their Graduate Route visa, apply to switch into further Skilled Worker routes provided they meet the requirements of these routes.
  • You cannot study whilst you have a Graduate Route (work) visa as it is a work visa. The exception to this is if you engage in online, recreational, evening study, or study at a college or university that is not on the Sponsor Register.
  • After you’ve completed your Graduate Route you can switch back to a Student Route visa for further higher level study (provided it is at a higher level)

Can my dependants apply for the Graduate Route?

PhD students can bring dependants. Provided your dependants have a dependant’s visa, and they are already in the UK with you as a dependant, and provided they also apply from within the UK, they are also eligible for a Graduate Route visa.

The Netherlands

Yes, international students who successfully complete their studies and apply for a Residence Permit for the Orientation Year will be able to stay in the Netherlands to work, or look for work, for a period of 1 year.


  • You can apply for the Residence Permit for the Orientation Year straight after you successfully complete your studies, or within 3 years after graduation.
  • Like any other visa, you will have to pay the relevant visa application fee.
  • You can apply from within the Netherlands before the expiratoin date of your current student residence permit or from overseas for up to 3 years after graduating.
  • There is no need to provide evidence of funds available showing you meet the maintenance requirements. You also do not have to submit an English language or other educational certificate, as these requirements will be met by successfully completing a degree at a Dutch university.
  • You will have to provide private health insurance until you find work. Once you secure a job during the orientation year you will pay Public Health Insurance with the most basic rate being about EUR120 per month.

Will you provide additional support after I arrive in the UK or Netherlands?

Inova Education is committed to providing ongoing support to our applicants, even after they have started their studies in the UK or Holland, courtesy of our dedicated team based in our UK office.

While universities have excellent and comprehensive student support services, there will be occasions where you’d like to have some independent guidance or have questions on various subjects. In such cases, our UK team is available to offer assistance.

What is the weather like in the UK?

The United Kingdom experiences a moderate climate, characterized by summer temperatures averaging around 16 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures typically ranging between 3 and 6 degrees Celsius. Winters in the UK and Western Europe tend to be quite mild, with daytime temperatures seldom falling below freezing.

Students arriving from warmer climates may need time to adjust to the UK’s weather, particularly in winter, which can feel quite chilly. However, this adjustment is balanced by the pleasant spring and summer seasons in the UK, which not only offer mild temperatures but also the advantage of extended daylight hours.

With thanks to the UK Council for International Student Affairs for providing us with the latest immigration updates and information.

“Totalmente recomendado. Inova Education me ayudó a lograr mi sueño de estudiar una maestría en Reino Unido. Estoy muy agradecido de sus increíbles webinars y asesoría personalizada."”

Ernesto Flores PerezStudied Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (MSc)

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