Studying Business English in the UK Post-Brexit

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Studying Business English in the UK Post-Brexit


In a previous article, we discussed why Business English is still important for international trade in Europe post-Brexit. The English-speaking world reaches far beyond the UK.

The British Council seems confident that “English will continue to be the lingua franca in the EU after Brexit.” They have new evidence apparently.

Governments across Europe also recognise the importance of English for cross-border trade and international competition.

It would seem that young people have the same opinion as “leaders”. English tuition and proficiency exams are dominated by European students. Around 75% of international students taking up seats in English Universities are European nationals.

However, post-Brexit, studying business English in the UK is not as simple as booking a hotel and hopping on a plane.

Austrians hoping to study English in the UK have to go through dreaded visa protocols. That means spending at least half a day sitting in your local visa application centre.


Visa Requirements for Studying English

You can study business English on a short-stay standard visa for 6-months. If you want to stay in the UK for longer, you will need to apply for:


Short-term study visa

Permits you to attend an English language course in the UK for up to 11 months. The fee is £186. You also have to pay an additional £470 for healthcare.


Student Visa

Austrians aged 16 and over can apply for a student visa to study in the UK for courses longer than 11 months. The following conditions apply:

  • Speak, read, write and understand English
  • You must have been offered a place on a course by a licensed educator
  • Have sufficient funds to support your stay and pay for your course (at least £1,334 per month for up to 9 months in London and £1,023 per month for up to 9 months for courses outside London
  • Pay a fee of £348 from outside the UK
  • £470 for healthcare

Student visas expire after 12 months. To continue your studies you will have to extend your visa for an additional 12 months. The cost for a visa extension is £348 if you apply from outside the UK and £475 from inside the UK

If the course you have enrolled in is degree level, you can stay in the UK for 5 years. For below degree level, the maximum stay is 2 years.


Applying For a UK Study Visa

You can apply for a visa at least 6 months before your course is due to start, but no later than 3 weeks. It takes 3 weeks for student visas to be authorised.

For an additional fee, you can apply for priority service and collect your visa within 5 working days, or a super-priority service for next day collection.

Students staying for longer than six months must apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP).


British English Courses in Vienna

The cost-effective way to learn business English is with a private tutor in Vienna. Our Business English courses in Vienna are with native English-speakers. We can offer online Business English, or indeed, face-to-face.


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