How do you satisfy financial travel visa requirements when you're a poor college student?
January 13, 2011 3:07 PM Subscribe
UK Travel VisaFilter: There is a possibility that I might leave the US and attempt to get a post-graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh....
posted by donquixote to education (8 answers total)
Thankfully, this is just the hypothetical planning stage, but since this qualifies as a Major-Life-Move-Thingy, I like to figure out as much contingency as I can.
I'm a college student with no family support, relying upon federal financial aid and scholarships, and a decent-enough part time job that covers most of the (very modest) bills.
The greatly summarized and condensed plan is thus:
1) Finish undergrad work and maintain honors standing.
2) Apply for the Tier 4 General visa, since I would (hopefully) be staying longer than six months.
3) Go through the awesome (re: hellish) process of finding a residence in a foreign country.
4) Attend University, do well in classes, etc.
Easy right? The snafu is thus: the Tier 4 General visa works on a point system. Assuming things go smoothly and I get the CAS number, how does one satisfy the 10 point financial maintenance requirement without being independently wealthy?
If anyone has had experience with post-grad work abroad, what grants/sponsorships/scholarships did you use? Does the UK government have a financial aid system like the US (admittedly, I have not researched this as much as I probably should)?
tl;dr I want to go to Scotland to study, but I am poor. How do I get the funds necessary for the visa requirement without going crazy?