Visa Interview

Tips for attending a student visa interview

The visa interview session should be treated sincerely, in case you want to be considered a serious candidate for the visa. Your appearance and your behaviors must represent the best parts of you. You cannot be expected to be given consideration, when your dressing manner and your conducts say the opposite. A person who does not wear and behave suitably, a person who is not punctual and does not use the appropriate arguments during the interview cannot expect any big good news.

Let us reveal some of the details you need to put effort on, which cause you zero costs and can be decisive for the fate of your the UK student visa.

When to go to the the UK embassy/consulate?

Be on time. Do not be too early and especially not even a minute late for the interview. Make sure you arrive at the premises of the the UK Embassy/Consulate few minutes earlier, so you can get yourself together and breathe. It is important that you greet all the staff; you never know what impressions you might leave.

It is advised not to drive on the interview day. This day is very stressful, so you do not want to spend yourself time and effort on finding a free parking lot. Also, you might get lost in the traffic and get late for the interview. Make sure someone drives you at the Embassy or you take a taxi early enough before the interview hour.

What to wear?

Dressing is something you must put a lot of effort on to. Make sure you wear outfits that are comfortable but not exaggerated. You can wear a dress, or a shirt and pants that give you a formal and confidential look. Avoid overdressing, putting strong fragrances, or showing too much of body parts, tattoos, or wearing too many accessories – especially not accessories with specific discriminating figure/significance.  Avoid also shirts with printed images or quotes; you are not going on a festival or a coffee bar.

What to take with you?

The complete list of the the UK student visa supporting documents has to be taken with you on the day of your interview. The visa staff will be expecting from you to have all the needed originals and copies of such documents, within the needed standard, on the interview day. Make sure you are all set, do not expect for the visa officials to photocopy your visa documents, or to wait until you go home take the forgotten documents for completing your visa dossier. This is not what you should do, so be well-arranged, check and re-check if you have included all the documents in the ordered list early enough before the interview day.

How to answer?

There is no other way to answer then directly and honestly, do not give false information or avoid questions. There are things that visa officers may ask for which they might already be informed, but they just want to know if your intentions are real and you do not want to misapply your student status in the UK. Keeping yourself frank and open is the only way you should follow during the student visa interview.

What to say?

All the information you provide to the visa officers through your answers have to be in line with the documents you offer and your current or past situations. Try to be short, direct and simple when answering questions.

What not to say?

Being honest and frank during an interview session does not imply excessive talking and unnecessary detailing. Try to be specific not give information about things which are not directly related with the question made.


Interview Session for the UK Student Visa

International students wishing to pursue higher studies in the UK are triple challenged. First, they will have to experience the pressure of finding right course in right university in English or the UK which is not so easy. Second, they have to organize all necessary documents for the UK student visa application and finally they need to prepare for the visa interview.

In the visa interview session usually, general, personal and specific questions are to be answered.


Student visa Interview questions categories:

Although it is not possible for anyone to predict the questions to be asked at the interview, we can roughly categorize the questions as follows:

  1. Decision on pursuing higher studies in the UK:
  2. About the UK
  3. About Future Studies in the UK
  4. Current academic and skills level
  5. Current and future financial status
  6. Common information about the study field
  7. Accommodation in the UK
  8. Relationships with people living in the UK/Europe
  9. Holidays and semester-break
  10. Plans of the future

 From our experience we can conclude some common questions in each category. For better understanding and preparation we are presenting some answered questions along with Tips. We strongly suggest all the student-visa applicants to prepare for the similar questions as per their own context.

  • Decision on pursuing higher studies in the UK:


Question: Why do you want to study in the UK?

Answer: So far I know, the UK is one of the three top attracting countries for international students. the UK is famous for having high-quality and best academic and practice-oriented programs with low-tuition or no-tuition fee at all. Other reasons to choose the UK is the enjoyable level of freedom, security, as well as rich culture, history.

Tip: You might get more information by searching ‘Why the UK for higher studies?’ in google.


Question: Why have chosen this city?

Answer: Though I focused on the University more than the city but still I am quite thrilled about the city. And then explore some features about the city and how you may get benefit during your studies.

Tip: Get to know more about the city where your university is located how it may benefit you during your studies in the UK.


Question: Why did you choose this course? Is it relevant to your previous study?

Answer: If the course is related to your previous studies, you should indicate it as a main reason for choosing the course. Besides, you may mention other factors i.e. demand in job market, course standard, practice-oriented, alumni etc.

If you are seeking to study in a new field, explain how you got interested in the course i.e. you were doing your own research on internet about the available study programs in the UK and you chose the course which mostly fulfilled your expectations for studies. Name which are these factors that made you choose this specific course amongst a wide range of courses offered.

Tip: before the interview you are advised to visit the webpage of the university and get some insights about how course relates to your interests for future career.


Question: Why did you choose this university and how did you find about it?

Answer: Explain how you got the information about the university you are about to study at and let them know what made you decide on this one. i.e. you may say that you have found that this university has a very appealing program for international students, rich study program, great internship opportunities, alumni, non-expensive study costs, eminence of the academic staff etc.

Tip: before the interview you are advised to visit the webpage of the university and get some insights about what makes this university feasible for your studies.


Question: Isn’t this course offered by any university or college in your country?

Answer: You might answer this question cleverly by highlighting the difference in study quality and course structure between the UK and with that in your country. the UK is everyone’s dream when it comes to study excellence, and just few world countries are serious competitors on that. You can state that studying in the UK would be of a great benefit for your future career due to the combination of contemporary knowledge and practice that the UK Universities offer.

Tips: Get to know more about latest World University ranking, so to have realistic information about the position of your the UK university in the world to have better information on your answer.


Question: Which are the other universities you have applied to?

Answer: In case you did apply in another university in the UK, you must let them know. Explain that you are contented you have been accepted for studies by the current university and you are excited to start the enrollment in studies.


Question: Who motivated you to go the UK?

Answer: Let them know you have been constantly supported by your family, friend, or partner during the entire journey since the beginning and it continues so far. Name the person which mostly motivated to chase your overseas studies in the UK.


Question: Why do you want to study in the UK and not in the UK or the USA?

Answer: the UK competes with other countries as of first-class quality, practice-oriented and internationally-oriented study programs, but also as of the low-cost or no-cost studies. You might answer that studying in the UK is more affordable and feasible compared to in the UK or USA.


Question: Can you tell me some facts about your university?

Answer: Make a summary of the university activity including who was the founder, in which year was founded, which are main study fields, number of students/yearly, number of graduates/every year, number of departments, number of innovations and laureates, internship programs, type of courses offered, course structure, how many international-oriented programs, research programs, and so on.

Tip: Before the interview you, you are advised to visit the webpage of your university and keep notes of key features about its so-far activity, including the statistics. Remembering numerical data such as i.e. number of yearly enrollment of university will add an extra value to your seriousness as a prospective student. You might get relevant short information about top universities in the UK – if your university is included in the list.


  1. About the UK

Get some prior information on the following matters:

  • Education system,
  • Language requirement,
  • Tourist attractions,
  • Cities,
  • States,
  • Bordered countries etc.


  • About Future Studies in the UK

Question: What is your course duration?

Answer: Let them know how much does your course last and if needed starting and ending date. If being asked let them know how many semesters the course has.


Question: What is the scope of your course?

Answer: Name the field of studies, name of the course, name of the modules, objectives of the course and how the course is going to benefit your future.


Question: What is the course structure?

Answer: Explain in short how many semesters, full time or part-time, core subject areas, credits per semester, total hours of lessons per semester, study methodology and activities are, and so on.

Tip: visit the website of the university and get the needed information in the section courses.


Question: In which university you are going to study? What is the location of your university?

Answer: Let them know which your university you have chosen is and the city where its location is.

Tip: Practice with spelling the name of the university and the city correctly so you will appear familiar enough with the university.


Question: Why do you think the university is awarding you a scholarship?

Answer: Mention your high GPA scores, GMAT scores and/or TOEFL scores. If there was any other reason why you have been granted a scholarship that you know, mention it too.

Tip: make sure to recall all the requirements for getting a scholarship were, so you can be more confident on how to respond.


Question: What benefits can this course bring round you?

Answer: Mention the career options you are expected to have either as an employer or self-employed person, after your graduation at a the UK university. Let them know about the lack of expertise in your country in the field you are about to study for, and the level of eagerness the country has for filling jobs with qualified people of a first-rate knowledge/practice.

Tip: get prior information/statistics in your country about the demand of qualified people in the field of your studies. This will add a realistic piece to your answer.


Question: What is the course start date?

Answer: let them know where you are about to start your enrollment as a student.

Tip: you have this information on your admission letter from the university, and anytime you might require additional information from the International Office about the course schedule.


Question: What will be the total cost of studies per year?

Answer: Tell them the estimated study tuition fees for the entire study course, all study years.

Tip: do not include in your calculation the amount of living costs, as this is only costs for studying.


Question: What is the name of the course?

Answer: name the course which you are about to study for. i.e. Biology.

Tip: do not tell them about the content of the course, they are simply asking for the name.


Question: Do you have a conditional or unconditional letter of acceptance for studies?

Answer: This means whether you have complied completely with the study requirements and been accepted to register for studies, if not, you have met most of the requirements but needs to meet also another requirement. If you have a conditional (provisional) letter of acceptance for studies, means that you have been accepted to study provisionally – meaning that you must undertake the preparatory course for sitting the final exam “Feststellungsprüfung” – upon successfully passing it a “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” University Entrance Qualification will be issued, which will guarantee  you a seat to study.

Tip: Learn more about what is the University Entrance Qualification, so you can be more prepared.


Question: Can you name some of the modules you will be studying?

Answer: Mention main modules of the course you are about to study, i.e. if you are about to study architecture, main modules may be: architectural design, urban and landscape transformation, cultural heritage and so on.

Tip: Make sure you get the needed information on the webpage of the university – usually found under the subcategory of degree awarding programs – course outline on the webpages.


Question: Is the course completely in English?

Answer: Tell them whether you are accepted to study in an international program or a regular program. Usually, international programs are fully in English, but some can include also lessons in the UK.

Tip:  make sure you have the exact information about the language of your future studies, so you do not get confused and leave a bad impress.


Question: What is your intended travel date?

Answer: Your travel date must be the same with the one showing on your travel ticket and has to be early enough so you can register and enroll in studies. 


  • Current academic and skills level

Question: What was your latest academic degree taken? When you received it? Who issued it?

Answer: Name the academic title you have received and the institution which have been granting you such a degree, i.e. a Bachelor of Finance, the year and month being issued and the location of the issuing institution.

Tip: Do not make a gaff appearing uncertain about the exact date of your graduation, so check your degree awarding diploma to recall all the needed details.


Question: Which was your grade point average (GPA) received at the end of such studies?

Answer: Tell them which your latest GPA grading you have reached by the end of your latest studies, by offering the supporting documentation such as your latest degree awarding certificate.

Tip: do not use the interview talking about your previous GPA from other earlier studies.


Question: Which are your IELTS scores?

Answer: Speak about the results you have achieved on your IELTS without having to give other details without being asked.

Tip: Make sure you recall once more your IELTS early enough before the interview.


Question: What have you done since your latest graduation?

Answer: Explain which was your main activity and interests ever since you have graduated from previous studies. It can be paid work, following trainings, engagement in charity activities, completing a reading-list of science/academic volumes, researching, preparation for studies in the UK, learning/advancement of English/the UK/other foreign language, social engagement, voluntary job, online job, you have been taking care of a person in need, etc.

Tip: saying that you enjoyed study-free time by doing nothing does not help at all, so make sure you discern useful engagements you have been engaged during such period.


Question: Have you taken any English course? Have you taken any specific course related to your studies?

Answer: Name the English course and level of the English language taught, in case you were following such a course. Also, if you have been enrolled in a subject-related course to prepare for future studies, speak about main topics taught. You might tell which the institution offering such courses was, and related dates if asked.

Tip: If enrollment before studies in such courses was not a mandatory thing, do not feel uncertain to say you did not take any of the courses. 


  • Current and future financial status

Question: How are you going to fund your education?

Answer: Different answers might be given depending on the situation. You might be either using your own money you have collected for future studies- a security payment deposited in a block account or a bank guarantee, somebody is sponsoring you (father, someone in the UK, else), a study loan, you have been granted a scholarship, other.

Tip: You cannot mention any sponsor that is not legally qualified as your sponsor, meaning that has not issued you a sponsorship letter with details of the amount and ways of support.

Question: How much money is available for your stay in the UK?

Answer: Give numbers of how much available money you have on your bank account that you will have on disposal in the UK for studies and living. The amount of money you present has to be in line with your “Finanzierungsnachweis”- proof of having enough money to cover your study and living costs in the UK.

Tip: Be concise and sure about the amount of money you present, as it has to be realistic and in line with the costs of studying and living and supported by the needed documentation.

Question: Who is sponsoring your education? How much do they earn in a year?

Answer:If you have a sponsor tell your relationship with them, i.e. a father, a sister, a brother, else, what job they do and their annual salary. You have to show the needed supporting documents to prove such statement.

Tip: Be early enough to familiarize yourself with the details about your sponsor’s annual earnings and their job position.

Question: What proof do you have that your sponsor can support your studies?

Answer: If you are about to study using sponsor’s funds, you can support this question by offering any of following supporting documents:  Certified Income statement (with their latest three salary statements and employment contract) and financial assets – if a parent is the sponsor; A letter of guarantee issued by the  “Ausländerbehörde” Foreigners Registration Office – if a permanent the UK resident is the sponsor; or A scholarship awarding certificate – if you are about to study using a scholarship fund.

Question: Who are all earning members in your Family?

Answer: Name all the family members who are currently engaged in a paid job and make sure you mention also their job positions, and if asked also their employers name.

Tip: Take the needed time to discuss with your family members about their job details, so you will not end up uninformed in the interview session.

Question: How much you will be able to earn after completing your studies?

Answer: Let them know which would be your annual salary for a job that can be potentially encountered when you get back in your country as a graduate from a the UK university. Also, in case you have already a business idea, you should present the business plan, including expected business incomes/yearly– but make sure amounts are based on a realistic prospect.

Tip: Make some own research by checking which the offered common salaries are in your home country, for the jobs which you can potentially be qualified to get by the end of your studies.

Common information about the study field

Question: Name some of the famous researchers in your field of study?

Answer: Mention several role model researchers/innovators in the field you choose for your studies, which you’ve been using as your inspiration. It can be Alan Guth – physical science, James Watson as for biological science, Einstein, Timothy Berners- Lee – computer science, or else.

Tip: make the time to recall and make a list of all your inspiring researchers and their key findings.


  • Accommodation in the UK

Question: Where will you stay in the UK?

Answer: Let them know which your accommodation type is. Different ways of accommodation are practiced by international students in the UK which includes: private accommodation, student residence hall, youth hostels, shared room (flatshare), or other means. If you have already found your long-term place of stay in the UK provide the needed address, while if you don’t and expecting to search for your permanent place of stay when in the UK, show the hostel/hotel reservation document with the address included.

Tip: you might contact the international office of your university for supporting you on finding the right accommodation for you. 


  • Relationships with people living in the UK/Europe

Question: Do you have any relative in the respective country or Europe?

Answer: Mention close family members which currently live in the UK, or have lived before if being asked.

Tip:  do not include in the list distant relatives living in the UK, only parents and siblings.


  • Holidays and semester-break

Question: What do you plan to do during your vacations?

Answer: Answer by showing no interest at all on getting a job in the UK. You have to express the intention to get back in the home country to reunite with family members during the semester break.

Tip:  Saying you will get a job on your semester break might be interpreted as the lack of financial capacity to cover your costs, or as an attempt to travel to the UK for employment instead of studying there. So be clear and definite about studies. 


  • Plans of the future

Question: What are your future plans?

Answer: The answer should be displaying your interest for returning home following the completion of your studies. Let them know you are interested to either start a career in your country, in a job position, or in your own business related to the field you will be studying.

Question: Do you plan to work there?

Answer:  Generally you should show no intention of getting employed while studying. On the other hand, there are exclusive cases when international students can get a job while they are studying there. Make sure your visa type and your student status qualifies you for working, while studying or after studies. Anyhow, you must show your main focus on studies not in getting employed there.

Tip:  Learn more about who qualifies for side jobs while studying in the UK before answering.

Question: Have you researched your career prospects?

Answer: Again, show no intention on remaining in the UK either for work or for becoming a permanent resident, by stating that your vision is returning home to pursue the career related to your studies. Show them you have researched enough and there is a plenty of gap for qualified people on your field in your country.

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