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Do I need to complete the course in the UK?

To be eligible, applicants must have studied in the UK for a minimum period of time. The minimum period of time depends on the length of the course that the student is studying.

For courses of 12 months or less, the student must have studied in the UK for the full duration of the course.

For courses longer than 12 months, the student must have studied in the UK for at least 12 months.

Note, this requirement will not be breached where students have completed a permitted study abroad programme, or where they are studying remotely due to COVID-19 (see below).

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Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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