When studying abroad, a number of official documents proving the admission of prospective candidates to certain programmes are provided. From offer letters, final admission letters to CAS Letter are offered to the students. Now I shall correct myself here, the CAS or Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter is not given to the student, instead, prospective students are required to apply to receive this letter.
After applying to the university or universities of your choice, the next step for any study abroad aspirant is to apply for and receive the Student Visa for the country. For international students planning to study in the UK, an additional document, i.e. the CAS Letter is required when applying for a Student Visa.
Here is what you need to know about CAS or Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies Letter.
What is a CAS Letter?
In short, a CAS Letter is a letter provided by a University in the UK, where you have applied for higher studies. The University will provide you with the option of applying for a CAS letter that will include particular details about the programme along with your financial situation for the course.
To apply for a Student Visa in the UK, applicants are required to submit this CAS Letter from a recognised UK University. This letter is usually made available by the university after you have completed your applications and interview processes. The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter is an electronic document containing the necessary information for the Student Visa.
Typically, once you have accepted the offer letter from the university and paid the tuition fees, the University will send over the CAS letter via the registered email under the applicable candidate’s name. It should be noted that if you are applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa in the UK, then you are required to submit the CAS Letter.
What Information does CAS Letter Contain?
A normal CAS letter will contain a number of important personal details of the student along with the course and enrolment details in a particular university in the UK. Here are a few details that can be found in a CAS Letter:
A Unique 14-digit CAS Number, that will help the relevant bodies to find official document supporting your claims of being enrolled in a university in the UK.
Title of the course you are enrolled in.
The total duration of the course, including the start and end dates.
The total or first-year tuition fees for the relevant course under a recognised UK university.
Tuitions fees that have been paid by you to the university.
Additional fees, such as accommodation fees that also have been paid.
English Proficiency Test scores such as IELTS and TOEFL will also be included.
The Sponsor License Number of the university that you have chosen as your study abroad university.
CAS Letter: Things You Should Know
Like submitting any other official documents, there are certain points that all international students aspiring to study in the UK should look out for. Here are those key points you should know about the CAS Letter.
If you have applied to numerous universities in the UK and have been accepted for admissions, you will be allowed to submit only one CAS Letter from one university. In other words, you can not submit separate CAS letters from different universities.
Once you have submitted a CAS letter from a particular university, all other CAS Letters and admission offer letters will stand obsolete as you will be given a Study Visa to study at that particular university only.
Once you receive your Student Visa, you will be required to study at the university from whom you availed the CAS Letter.
In other words, when you submit the CAS Letter, you have selected the university and course that you wish to study in the UK and you will not be allowed to study any other subject at any other University in the UK.
Therefore, when you apply for a student visa, make sure you have selected the course and university that you wish to be enrolled in. This will pave the way for your future and career. Furthermore, each UK university will provide assistance in this matter, with some even offering the CAS Letter without you having to apply for the same.
However, in cases where you are required to apply for the CAS Letter, the University you have chosen will specify the steps and procedures that you need to complete in order to receive the unique CAS Number and be able to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa in the UK.