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International and EU applicants

We understand that this is a difficult time and that the current Coronavirus outbreak is causing uncertainty around the world. Please be reassured that we are processing applications as normal and we’re here to support you in any way we can. You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions for international and EU students on this page.

Last updated Wednesday 5 August 2020. Please check back regularly for updates.

Looking ahead to academic year 2020 / 21

Update from the Vice-Chancellor

Get the latest update about returning to campus for the autumn term for academic year 2020 / 21 from our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck.
Last updated 22 June 2020.

Term One 2020 - being on campus

Find answers to some questions you may have about being on campus from September 2020, including the latest information on accommodation arrangements for international students who need to self-isolate on arrival to the UK.
Last updated 28 July 2020.

NTU's international enquiries team
Laura, Katie and Stella: international enquiries team

Contact us

Please ask us anything, we are more than happy to help:

A great way to find out more about studying at the University is to chat with a current international student. If you’d like to do this, simply join our online chat.

Undergraduate applicants and offer holders

Find the answers to some commonly asked questions from international undergraduate applicants and offer holders.

  • Can I still apply?

    Yes, NTU is accepting applications for undergraduate courses. You can apply for an undergraduate course through UCAS.

    You can read our guidance oninternational student applications if you need help with this.

    You may be waiting a little longer than usual for a decision from us, contact us if you have any concerns.

    You can still make your firm and insurance choice on UCAS Track.

    If you have only applied to NTU and have applied directly to us on the NTU Application Portal you will see decisions on your Applicant Portal.

  • What’s happening with A-level results and Clearing?

    UK A-level results will be released on Thursday 13 August 2020.

    Clearing will be available from 6 July 2020.

  • What about other qualifications, like International Baccalaureate?

    We know that some exams have been cancelled for some qualifications, including International Baccalaureate, and results days will be different depending on the qualifications you are taking. If you are unsure when you will receive your results, contact your school / college or the exam board.

    We will do all we can to give security and confirmation to those wishing to join NTU as soon as we are able. Our offers remain valid, and any conditions can be met with awarded qualifications in the same way as any other year.

  • I’ve got an unconditional offer, is it still valid?

    Yes. If your offer is unconditional and you firmly accept the offer, your place at NTU is confirmed.

    If you are waiting for your offer to be changed to unconditional because you have submitted documents which confirm that you have met your conditions and you have paid your advanced payment, we will make this change and we will confirm your place as soon as we can.

  • Have the UCAS deadlines changed?

    Yes. UCAS decision deadlines in May have been moved from 19 May 2020 to 18 June 2020.

    UCAS will be emailing all students affected by this change, so please make sure your email address is up to date in Track. You can still make your decision before this date if you choose to do so.

    Other deadlines may also move, as things are changing all the time. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

  • How do I make my firm and insurance choice?

    Make your firm and insurance choices on UCAS Track.

    Please don’t worry if your offer with NTU isn’t updated right away – it remains in place.

    If you have only applied to NTU and have applied directly to us on the NTU Application Portal you can accept your offer on your Applicant Portal.

  • What happens if my results aren’t good enough to meet the conditions of my offer?

    We have a well-established process in place to consider candidates who have not met the conditions of their offer once results are released.

    Applicants who have missed the terms of their offer will not automatically be unsuccessful. We will look closely at the results and make a decision, taking into account any extenuating circumstances.

  • Can I defer my offer to a later start date?

    Yes. You can defer your offer to a later start date.

    You’d need to email international@ntu.ac.uk with your NTU ID (this is your unique number given to you in your offer email), your course title and new start date and we can advise whether this is possible.

Postgraduate applicants and offer holders

Find the answers to some commonly asked questions from international postgraduate applicants and offer holders.

  • Can I still apply?

    Yes, NTU is accepting postgraduate applications. You can apply for postgraduate or professional degrees on the NTU Applicant Portal.

    Please read our guidance on international student applications if you need help with this.

  • I’ve got an unconditional offer, is it still valid?

    Yes. If your offer is unconditional and you firmly accept the offer, then your place at NTU is confirmed.

    Please read our guidance on what to do after receiving an offer if you need help with this.

  • What happens if my results aren’t good enough to meet the conditions of my offer?

    We have a well-established process in place to consider candidates who have not met the conditions of their offer once results are released.

    Applicants who have missed the terms of their offer will not automatically be unsuccessful. We will look closely at the results and make a decision, taking into account any extenuating circumstances.

  • Does NTU offer online postgraduate courses?

    Yes. In addition to our taught courses, we offer some online postgraduate degrees, including MBA and LLM.

    You can find out more about these courses on our distance learning web page.

  • Can I defer my offer to a later start date?

    Yes. You can defer your offer to a later start date.

    If your postgraduate course has a January 2021 option, you may choose to transfer your September offer to start in January 2021. You can request this by completing the online transfer form.

    You can check the postgraduate courses starting in January 2021 on our website.

    If you'd like to defer your offer until September 2021 you need to email international@ntu.ac.uk with your NTU ID (this is your unique number given to you in your offer email), your course title and new start date and we can advise whether this is possible.

  • I need to apply for an ATAS certificate – are applications currently being accepted?

    Yes – the ATAS application process has opened again.

    Please visit the ATAS website for up-to-date information.

Will NTU still be offering study abroad and exchange programmes this year?

NTU will continue with all study abroad and exchange arrangements for both incoming and outgoing students where possible for academic year 2020-21.

Currently we do not know what travel restrictions may still be in force or to what extent the current constraints will have been eased or removed by the end of the summer. So, whilst we hope you will be able to join us in Nottingham in the autumn, please note that your study abroad cannot go ahead without the approval of NTU and your home university.

Given the uncertainty of the situation, it is important for you to think carefully about your plans to study at NTU this year. We urge you to speak with your university’s exchange coordinator about what you need to consider when deciding whether to proceed with your study abroad plans.

We strongly advise that you do not book travel or make any financial commitments at this point that are not changeable or refundable.

NTU is here to support you so please do not hesitate to contact your NTU exchange coordinator if you have any questions and we will keep this page updated as soon as we have any further information.

English language tests and pre-sessional English

IELTS tests are cancelled in my country. How can I meet the English language requirements of my offer?

If you’ve taken an English language test and don’t meet the requirements of your offer, you could apply for our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) course. We are now delivering this course online.

Test centres are now opening again in many countries – make sure you check any availability in your country first.

If your test centre is still closed, here are some alternatives to IELTS that we accept:

Check the alternative language tests accepted by the University on our website – if you still have questions about your qualification please contact us.

English language test centres are closed in my country, do you accept any online tests?

Yes – we’re providing a free online English language test to all our offer holders who are unable to attend a test centre in person. The test is delivered by Kaplan and is called Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE).

Results can be used for entry to our degrees and pre-sessional English course.

To find out more and try a practice test, please visit www.takekite.com.

If you're an offer holder and would like to sign up for the test, please email kite@ntu.ac.uk.

We also accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition which can be taken online in your own home in many countries around the world.

Test centres are now opening again in many countries – make sure you check any availability in your country first.

University preparation courses at Nottingham Trent International College

Nottingham Trent International College is open for applications as normal.

Please contact NTIC directly if you are interested in applying for our university preparation courses, or if you have already applied to NTIC and received an offer to study there.


Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

If I can’t travel to start at NTU in time for September 2020 Term One because of COVID-19, what are my options?

We are working extremely hard at the University to offer students several options, these are:

  • an option that would allow you to enrol and begin your studies online until you can join us on campus. More information will be provided soon on the process to follow if you need to start online due to Covid-19. All our courses will be taught through a mixture of study on campus and online. Any student who is unable to attend campus for the start of term will have access to some teaching online and other study resources. You'll also be able to enrol online and join virtual induction and welcome events. To fully engage with online learning and teaching materials you will need a laptop or tablet, and internet access. Our course pages will provide further details and you can also read our terms and conditions.
  • defer your postgraduate course to January 2021 (if your postgraduate course has a January start option).
  • defer your start date to September 2021. If you choose to do this, you won’t need to apply again. You’ll just need to email international@ntu.ac.uk and our international team will arrange this for you. Don’t rush into this decision, please keep in touch with us, you don’t need to decide this yet.
  • withdraw your application to NTU. If you choose this option, we will refund your advanced payment to you.

Please contact international@ntu.ac.uk if you’d like some support in deciding which option may work best for you

Can I get a refund of my accommodation deposit if I can't travel to the UK because of COVID-19?

If you’ve booked NTU accommodation please contact our accommodation services to explain the situation and they will advise you.

If you’ve signed a private accommodation contract please contact your provider to explain the situation as your contract is with them. However, if you need legal advice or guidance, NTSU Information and Advice Service may be able to help.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175