E-passport gates have been in use for UK and EU nationals since 2008 and is now available in 21 air and rail terminals in the UK.
They use facial recognition technology to compare a students face with the digital image recorded in their passport.
The use of e-gates is now being extended to other countries such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore - however, short term students are being advised not to use them.
Students are required to receive a short term study visa stamp in their passport, which they receive as they pass through the immigration desks.
They will not receive the required short term study visa stamp if they use the e-gates.
The stamp cannot be issued once the student has left the airport, so students must ensure they leave the airport through border control.
Study up to 6 weeks or 30 days
- Students who use the e-gates can study for up to 6 weeks or 30 days of study.
Study over 6 weeks
- For those students who are studying for more than 6 weeks can start their course without the required stamp, but to continue their course they will have to leave the UK within 30 days to get the correct stamp upon re-entry to the UK.
Students should therefore be advised to exit through the immigration desks as opposed to the e-gates.