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International and European Applicants: FAQs

We are reviewing international applications as normal and we’re here to support you in any way we can, whether you’re starting with us soon or planning to apply. You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions from international and European students on this page.

Last updated 15 January 2021

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January 2021 starters

In accordance with UK government regulations we have moved our teaching online for the immediate future to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Whether you are in Nottingham now, or are joining us later, it's really important that you complete your enrolment to make sure you're ready to start your course remotely.

Course teams will be in touch with information on how to access and engage with the online induction and learning materials for your course.

If you are unable to occupy your accommodation in NTU or UPP rooms you will not be required to pay accommodation rent from Monday 4 January up to and including Sunday 21 February 2021. For more information, including the list of eligible accommodation and claim form, please visit the accommodation web page.

January 2021 starters FAQs

Should I travel? Where can I find travel information and advice?

If you have not booked travel you should start your course online or continue to study online.

You should only travel to Nottingham if the cost to rearrange your flights is very high. Otherwise you should change your flight dates, stay at home and study online.

We will continue to be as supportive as possible with international students that cannot change their flight dates without being charged a large amount of money. NTU assistance will follow the latest UK Government guidance.

You must comply with the travel regulations in the UK and your home country, and realise that:

Please continue to regularly check the UK Government guidance.

When the UK lockdown restrictions are removed and you're able to make travel plans, please visit our planning your journey web page for advice and information on travel to Nottingham from UK airports.

How long do I need to self-isolate for when I arrive?

If you need to self-isolate please read the UK government advice and information on how to self-isolate in England.

The period is 10 days, however you have the option to take an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to isolate from day 6.

More information on the Test to Release scheme is on the Gov UK website.

If you’re interested in this option, you can book your Test to Release test and state the booking reference and name of test provider on your passenger locator form 48 hours before you travel to the UK.

When you arrive in Nottingham, under current restrictions, a negative Test to Release test means you will be able to reduce your isolation period by 4 days. You’d be able to explore Nottingham and join on-campus teaching . If you test positive, please let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form so that you continue to get the support you need while self-isolating.

Please note that the Test to Release test is not the same as a Lateral Flow test. A negative Lateral Flow test will not release you from your self-isolation period.

Can I get a test to reduce my self-isolation period?

Yes. You have the option to take an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to isolate from day 6.

More information on the Test to Release scheme is on the Gov UK website.

If you’re interested in this option, you can book your Test to Release test and state the booking reference and name of test provider on your passenger locator form 48 hours before you travel to the UK.

When you arrive in Nottingham, under current restrictions, a negative Test to Release test means you will be able to reduce your isolation period by 4 days. You’d be able to explore Nottingham and join on-campus teaching . If you test positive, please let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form so that you continue to get the support you need while self-isolating.

Please note that the Test to Release test is not the same as a Lateral Flow test. A negative Lateral Flow test will not release you from your self-isolation period.

What should I do when I arrive at NTU?

When you've arrived and are self-isolating, please let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus tracking form.

Please also check out our advice on what to do when you arrive.

Are there welcome events for new students? 

Yes, we run a Winter Welcome every year for new and returning students in January and September. This is a full and varied programme of events to help you settle in to the University.

What if I can’t arrive for the start of my course?

We need to know if you are studying online in your home country to ensure we have the correct information for visa purposes, to support you effectively and to share updates with you. If you were unable to travel to the UK, it is important that you notify us by completing the ‘delayed arrival / online start’ form.

In the following fields please select:

  • Who are you? Select 'Applicant'
  • What is your query about? Select 'Delaying my arrival (e.g starting online)'
  • How can we help you? Tell us that you are studying online in your home country in this box.

I need to book accommodation, is there still some available? 

Yes. Please visit accommodation for January starters for more information and advice on how to make your booking.

You can email accommodation@ntu.ac.uk for help and advice.

How will you support me if I have to self-isolate when I arrive?

If you are booked into NTU accommodation you may be able to extend your contract to arrive early for your self-isolation period if necessary. To do this you must contact accommodation@ntu.ac.uk and they will be able to advise. You will be required to pay for any additional weeks added to your standard contract. We can also support you by providing basic food packages whilst in isolation. To receive this please complete our Coronavirus Tracking form upon arrival.

If you have booked accommodation with another private provider, please first contact your accommodation provider to explain your situation and decide how self-isolation can be arranged for you.  You may need to book a hotel to self-isolate and if this is the case you can search hotel accommodation on the Visit Nottingham website.

There's plenty of support available to help you manage your health and well-being during isolation, please visit our guide to self-isolating web pages.

Can I get a refund on my National Express coach service booking?

Yes. If you have made a booking with National Express they will contact you and refund where appropriate. If you have any concerns please contact the National Express help centre.

For any new January starting students who have already booked on the NTU/National Express airport transfer service and are due to travel after the service stops on Sunday 10 January 2021, we will cover the cost of the taxi service from your UK airport to Nottingham. To qualify for a taxi paid for by NTU you must send evidence of your National Express coach booking to international@ntu.ac.uk as soon as possible. If you have any questions please email international@ntu.ac.uk for advice.

Travel to the UK from South African countries is restricted, who can I contact for advice?

Arrivals from Southern African countries are currently restricted to protect against the spread of a new COVID-19 variant initially detected in South Africa.

Entry into England is not permitted to those who have travelled from or through any southern African country in the last 10 days, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Please check the Gov.uk website for the latest information.

If you have any questions concerning this, please contact africa@ntu.ac.uk

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September 2021 applicants

We’re reviewing applications for undergraduate and postgraduate courses as normal.

You may be waiting a little longer than usual for a decision from us.

We thank you for your patience and we'll contact you as soon as we can.

You’ll find step-by-step advice for applying to the University and following up on your offer on our website:

Below, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to applications.

September FAQs

I’m applying for September 2021. Who can I talk to for some advice?

We’re delighted you’re considering studying with us.

You can get advice and information from our enquiries team here in the International Development Office (IDO) or from your NTU country representatives.

You can also get dedicated support on all visa matters from our international student support team:

Please note, however, that the University is closed for the Winter Break between 19 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.

How do I apply?

For undergraduate courses you’ll need to apply through UCAS. For postgraduate courses you’ll need to apply through our applicant portal.

Do I need to provide all my documents when I apply?

No. We ask that you include as much detail as possible so we can make an informed decision and we understand you may not have your certificates yet. Your offer will include ‘conditions’ which can be removed when you’ve sent us your documents.

How long will it take to find out if I'm successful?

Usually within 10 working days, sometimes a little longer if we need further information or we need get your application assessed by an academic member of staff.

Is there a deadline to apply?

For undergraduate, UCAS have deadlines for international students, which is usually the end of June.

For postgraduate courses we don’t have a deadline but we strongly advise that you apply as early as you can. You'll need to plan carefully; including allowing yourself time to self-isolate when you arrive, if necessary.

What happens if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

Don’t worry, you have some options.

You can apply to do a Foundation or Pre-Masters course at Nottingham Trent International College on our City campus.

If it’s English you need to improve then you can apply for our online Pre-sessional English.

Can I defer my January 2021 offer to a later start date?

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

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.

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 consider any extenuating circumstances, before deciding.

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 currently delivering this course online.

Test centres are now opening again in many countries – make sure you check any availability in your country. If your test centre is still closed, we accept TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition which can be taken online in your own home in many countries around the world.

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

Do you accept any online English language tests?

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

Does NTU offer online/distance learning postgraduate courses?

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

You can find out more about these courses here:

I need to apply for an ATAS certificate, what do I do?

The ATAS application process is open as normal.

Please visit the ATAS website for up-to-date information on how to apply for a certificate.

Will NTU be welcoming study abroad and exchange students in January 2021?

NTU will continue with all study abroad and exchange arrangements for incoming and outgoing students where possible for academic year 2020/21. It is our intention that all campuses will continue to be open offering blended learning (a mix of face-to-face and online) from January 2021. We have worked hard to make our campuses Covid-secure for the safety of staff and students. In addition, from January, you will still be able to access a range of other services on campus as well as online. Find out more about what to expect in terms of teaching and learning at NTU in Spring 2021.

Currently we do not know what travel restrictions may still be in force nor to what extent the current constraints will have been eased or removed by January. So, whilst we hope you will be able to join us in Nottingham in the new year, please note that your study abroad cannot go ahead without the approval of NTU and your home university. If you have any questions, please contact your NTU School Exchange Coordinator.

Can I travel to the UK when England is in lock-down?

Yes, you are allowed to travel to the UK for education. You should continue to check if your country has a travel corridor with the UK and if it doesn’t you should ensure you arrange to self-isolate on your arrival.

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Travel

If you have not booked travel we encourage you to start your course online or continue to study online at this time.

We continue to be as supportive and flexible as possible with international students travelling to the UK from overseas or travelling out of the UK. This is especially the case if you have already booked travel before the lock-down guidance was issued and are unable to rearrange through your travel operator, or the cost of rearranging would be prohibitively high.

You must comply with the travel regulations in the UK and your home country, noting particularly that:

Please continue to regularly check the UK Government guidance.

When you're ready and able to make travel plans to Nottingham, please visit our planning your journey web page for advice and information on travel to Nottingham from UK airports.

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Self-isolation and accommodation

You may need to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK.

We are supporting our students who need to self-isolate in their accommodation or in a hotel on arrival, you’ll find full details on our website:

If you are starting in January 2021 please check our accommodation for January starters web page.

Travel and accommodation FAQs

I’m starting in January 2021 – can I book my accommodation now?

Yes. Please visit accommodation for January starters for more information and advice on how to make your booking.

You can email accommodation@ntu.ac.uk for help and advice.

Can I get a refund of my accommodation fees if I can't travel to the UK due to Covid-19?

If you are unable to occupy your NTU or UPP room you will not be required to pay accommodation rent from Monday 4 January up to and including Sunday 21 February 2021.

For more information including the list of eligible accommodation and claim form, please visit the accommodation web page.

How do I know if I’ll need to self-isolate when I arrive in the UK?

Please visit the UK government website which lists all the countries that do not require you to isolate when arriving in the UK.

If you are from a country that is not in this list (the ‘travel corridor’) you will be required to self-isolate when you arrive.

Please note that if you’ve visited or made a transit stop in a country not on this list in the 14 days before you arrive, you’ll also need to self-isolate.

It’s important to keep checking this information as it is likely to continue to change.

How long do I need to self-isolate for?

The period is 10 days, however from 15 December 2020, there will be the option to take an accredited COVID-19 test from a private testing provider after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing students from the need to isolate from day 6. More information on the Test to Release scheme can be found on the Gov UK website.

Please check the specific guidance on the UK government website. Your length of isolation period may be affected if, for example, you have recently visited a non-travel corridor country.

If you need advice on self-isolating please read the following guidance:

Your guide to self-isolating at NTU

Can I get a refund of my advanced payment if I can't travel to the UK due to Covid 19?

Yes. If you can't join us in January or September because of COVID-19, you'll be able to get a refund on anything you've paid towards your tuition fees, including the £3,000 advanced payment. Or, if you choose to defer your offer to the following year, we'll be able to carry over the payment.

What if I can’t arrive for the start of my course?

We need to know if you are studying online in your home country to ensure we have the correct information for visa purposes, to support you effectively and to share updates with you. If you were unable to travel to the UK, it is important that you notify us by completing the ‘delayed arrival / online start’ form.

In the following fields please select:

  • Who are you? Select 'Applicant'
  • What is your query about? Select 'Delaying my arrival (e.g starting online)'
  • How can we help you? Tell us that you are studying online in your home country in this box.

How will you support me if I have to self-isolate when I arrive?

If you are booked into NTU accommodation you may be able to extend your contract to arrive early for your self-isolation period if necessary. To do this you must contact accommodation@ntu.ac.uk and they will be able to advise. You will be required to pay for any additional weeks added to your standard contract. We can also support you by providing basic food packages whilst in isolation. To receive this please complete our Coronavirus Tracking form upon arrival.

If you have booked accommodation with another private provider, please first contact your accommodation provider to explain your situation and decide how self-isolation can be arranged for you.  You may need to book a hotel to self-isolate and if this is the case you can search hotel accommodation on the Visit Nottingham website.

There's plenty of support available to help you manage your health and well-being during isolation, please visit our guide to self-isolating web pages.

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What to do when you arrive on campus

You’ll find all the information and advice you need on our website and information will also be emailed to you:

Answers to questions you may have about arriving here may be in the section below.

Arrival FAQs

What should I do about my BRP?

Collections for BRP are by appointment only which must be arranged in advance.

When we've successfully received your BRP at the University, a member of our enrolment team will contact you with further guidance and to arrange an appointment.

Due to current Government guidance, you will not be able to collect your BRP until face-to-face teaching has resumed for your course.

Please email our enrolment team at reg.int.records@ntu.ac.uk with any questions about this process.

Please check this information regularly before you arrive:

Do I need to register with the police when I arrive?

If you're on a course of more than 6 months, you may need to register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK as a condition of your visa.

I’m an EU student, can I still apply for the EU settlement scheme?

The UK has now left the European Union, and freedom of movement between the EU and the UK ended on 31 December 2020.

EU/EEA/Swiss students who have previously obtained pre-settled or settled status do not need to take any further action as their status is secure. Please note that if you have obtained pre-settled status and are hoping to apply for settled status, being absent from the UK can compromise your continuous residence and your future ability to apply for settled status. If you need to discuss your situation further, please contact the International student support service.

EU students who were living in the UK at any point during the 6-month period before 31/12/20 are eligible to apply under the EU settlement scheme. You should apply as soon as possible, providing evidence of residence in the UK dated less than 6 months ago. The final deadline for the application is 30 June 2021.

For more information please visit our Brexit web page.

What happens if I become ill while I’m a student?  

All international students have access to NHS healthcare after paying the NHS healthcare surcharge.

When you arrive, you’re advised to register with a local medical practice on the City and Clifton campuses or Southwell Medical Practice (if you’re based at Brackenhurst). Currently, the student health centres are consulting patients by telephone, video chat or email.

You can find full details on staying healthy on our student hub:

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 during your time as a student you must self-isolate and get tested as soon as is possible.  Please read our advice:

Your guide to self-isolating at NTU

What do I do when I arrive in the UK?

UK airports have measures in place for Covid-19. Please visit our arriving in the UK web page for advice and information.

When you arrive on campus and are self-isolating, please let us know by completing this tracker form.

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September 2020 students already studying online

We hope your studies are progressing smoothly and that you are enjoying the start of your course.

We look forward to you joining us on campus as soon as you are able. There’s lots of advice on our website, including information about our virtual social activities:

Below are the most frequently asked questions from our September 2020 delayed starters and current students.

Current students FAQs

I’m studying online – I need to request a further delay to my arrival, what do I do?

To request a further delay to your start due to Covid-19 please complete the ASK NTU online form. Please make sure to complete the following fields as shown below:

  • Who are you? Select 'Applicant'
  • What is your query about? Select 'Delaying my arrival'
  • How can we help you? Provide details of the reason for your request in this box.

I have already arrived at NTU and now have symptoms of Covid-19. What should I do?

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate and get tested as soon as is possible.  Please read our advice:

Your guide to self-isolating at NTU

I’m studying online – can I get a shorter accommodation contract because of my delayed arrival?

If you have already signed a contract for accommodation you are unlikely to be able to change the start date, even if you are arriving late. If you haven't yet got accommodation booked, please contact Student Accommodation Services who will have a list of available rooms and may be able to offer a contract starting on a suitable date (these contracts run until summer 2021).

I’ve arrived in the UK but have still not received my BRP card, who can help?

Please send your name and NTU number to reg.myntusupport@ntu.ac.uk and they will provide an update and further guidance.

Can I travel to my home country when England is in lock-down?

You are able to travel to your home country when England is under lock-down restrictions, subject to any local restrictions at your home destination.

Can I travel to the UK when England is in lock-down?

Yes, you are allowed to travel to the UK for education. You should continue to check if your country has a travel corridor with the UK and if it doesn’t you should ensure you arrange to self-isolate on your arrival.

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International enquiries team

More advice and support

We're confident that the answers to many of the questions you may have are on this page, with links to full advice and information on our website. Please read this section carefully.

If you have a query that is not answered on this page you can email our team and we'll be happy to advise.

Still need help?

International Development Office
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