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Be prepared for your time at Bible School – Visas, travel, finances, credits and more.

What is the application deadline?

You must apply 3 months in advance if you need a student visa. Otherwise you can apply closer to the start date, but don’t leave it too late in case the course fills up!

Do I need a visa?

Because of UK Government visa rules, to come for the One Year Course you must either:

  • be an EU citizen; or
  • hold an EU passport; or
  • apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa if you’re from Canada, Australia or New Zealand

Otherwise you may come for up to 6 months using the short-term study visa route explained below and attend either the Winter or Spring Bible School. If you have questions about visas, please email

What is the short-term study visa route?

The short-term study immigration route allows non-EEA nationals to come to the UK to undertake a short period of study where the duration is less than six months.

Do not assume that you can study without a visa, even if you are allowed to visit the UK as a tourist. An immigration status as a standard visitor / tourist does not permit the holder to enter the UK for the purpose of study.

You will need a letter to support entry to the UK as a short-term student.

If you are a national of a country in the EEA or Switzerland, you do not need a visa to study.

Restrictions of the short-term study visa

This immigration route has the following restrictions:

  • You cannot take employment in the UK (including part-time or full-time vacation employment);
  • You cannot undertake a work placement/internship (paid/unpaid) as part of the course of study;
  • You cannot work on a self-employed basis in the UK or be involved in business activities;
  • You must leave the UK within 30 days after the end of your study period or before your leave expires, whichever is earlier;
  • You cannot extend your stay in the UK;
  • You must demonstrate you have the funds to support yourself during your studies in the UK.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Capernwray will issue you with an acceptance letter, explaining the purpose and dates of your study.

Visa nationals

Students from certain countries, i.e. visa nationals, are required to apply for, and obtain, a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK. Information on the application, including the required supporting documents, is outlined on the Home Office website. The acceptance letter should be submitted as a supporting document with the application.

Non-visa nationals

If your country is not included on the list of visa nationals, you may obtain entry under the short-term study route by getting a passport stamp from a Border Force Officer at immigration control on arrival in the UK rather than applying for a short-term study visa in advance.

You will need to ensure you do the following to enter the UK as a short-term student:

  • see a Border Force Officer and confirm that you wish to enter the UK for the purpose of study;
  • show your short-term study letter, which you should carry in your hand luggage;
  • obtain the correct short-term study passport stamp in your passport. You should not enter as a visitor if study is the main reason you are coming to the UK.

Please note that although the passport stamp may reflect permission for up to 6 months, this expires when you leave the UK and therefore this status needs to be requested every time you enter the UK during your studies. 


Short term students are not eligible to use the eGates. Nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA may in certain circumstances be able to use the eGates.  However it is not possible to enter the UK as a short term student via the eGates unless you have obtained entry clearance (a six-month visa) in advance of arriving to the UK. At the port of entry, rather than following the eGates signs, you should join a queue to see a Border Force Officer. As a short term student you must see an officer in order to get a stamp in your passport. This stamp gives you the permission needed for your studies and you will need to obtain this from a Border Force official every time you enter the UK during your course. If you enter via the eGates you will enter as a tourist. Without the correct stamp in your passport you will be unable to do the activities for which you are visiting the UK.

Can I stay at the School during term breaks or after the course?

We run holiday programmes during the Christmas break, between Winter and Spring Bible School and the Summer, so students do need to leave, either to return home or to travel. There is a storage room where you can leave your luggage over the break.

If you are from the EU or have come into the UK on a Youth Mobility Visa, you may be able to volunteer as a voluntary worker on the domestic, maintenance or guest teams (if you do so, accommodation will be provided). If however you come into the UK on a Short Term Study Visa, you will not be able to volunteer at any point.

How do I get to Capernwray?

See our driving directions or information about getting to Capernwray by public transport.

Data protection laws mean we can’t give out details of people travelling from the same area, but if you search Facebook for “Capernwray Bible School” and join the group for the year of your course, you can link up with other students that way.

How do I pay for the course?

Once we accept you onto a course, we’ll ask you to secure your place by paying a deposit (which is included in the total cost) within 60 days of the date on your acceptance letter. You can then pay the balance in advance or at the beginning of the first term. You can pay in pounds sterling by bank transfer, credit card or a bank cheque.

Can I have visitors to stay with me?

Yes, you can, but accommodation is limited so book well in advance. You could also try the nearby Capernwray Country House or other local B&B (bed and breakfast) or Airbnb places.

Laptops, WiFi and printing

You are welcome to bring your own laptop to the school and many students find it helpful for taking notes and writing assignments. There is WiFi available at specific times of day. We have some Apple iMacs that you can use to access the Internet free of charge, but due to the number of students you might not always be able to use one.

Receiving packages and letters

Ask people to address your post to ‘Your Name’, Capernwray Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 1AG, England. We sort the post and put it into students’ mailboxes each day. Warning: packages worth over £30 might be taxed on or even after they are delivered.

What Bible version do I need for the Bible School?

We don’t mind which one you use, but many lecturers use the NIV (New International Version) or NASB. If English is not your first language, the NIV is easy to understand. You can buy many different kinds of Bible at our bookshop when you arrive.

What electrical power adaptors do I need?

The UK mains electricity supply is 230V 50hz. Your laptop’s power supply should be able to handle this but you may need an adapter to convert your plug to a UK three pin socket. We can loan you one for a small deposit. Hair dryers and other appliances may need a transformer to change the voltage.

Note: On the first Sunday of school we will check all your electrical equipment for safety and correct voltage. If your adaptor is not safe (e.g. no fuse and no small black sleeve on the pins), we can loan you a safe adaptor for a £5 deposit.

What should I pack?

At all times of year we recommend you bring waterproofs, good outdoor shoes, sports shoes and a swimming costume if you want to use the pool. You don’t need bedding but you’ll need a towel. You can bring a portable musical instrument (e.g. violin, guitar, clarinet) if you have one, but make sure it’s properly insured. Storage space in the rooms is limited, so pack carefully.

The average September temperature in our area is 14°C, falling to around 5°C in December and January (with occasional snow) and gradually rising to 18°C again by June. Warm clothes are certainly recommended in winter. You might get away with lighter clothing in spring, but April can still be pretty cold in the morning and evening!

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