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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. You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions from international and European students on this page.

Last updated 26 January 2022


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There are testing requirements in place for all international arrivals to the UK and some self-isolation requirements for non-vaccinated arrivals.

The rules that you need to follow will depend on whether you are fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You can view the detail of accepted vaccines and evidence you need to keep on the UK Gov website: List of approved vaccines.

There are also different rules if you are coming from or travelling through a red list country. Please continue to check the latest UK Gov information on red list countries as this list is regularly updated and subject to change at short notice.

Please read our advice and information for planning your journey.

Do you provide any financial support if I'm coming from a red list country?

At the time of writing there a no countries on the red list. However, this information can change at short notice so please continue to check the UK Government Travel Guidelines.

If red list countries are in operation

If you are a new student coming to study a full-time postgraduate course in January 2022 from a red list country the University will reimburse up to £1,750 towards the cost of the 10-day managed quarantine hotel. Please note that the managed quarantine hotels are only currently at certain airports, please consider this when planning your journey.

Please keep any receipts and copies of emails for managed quarantine bookings and flights as you will need to provide this when you claim.

We will email you at the start of term to explain how to make your claim for reimbursement.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of the red-list reimbursement scheme.

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What to do when you arrive

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.

FAQs about arriving at NTU in January

Where do I collect my BRP?

You'll need to present your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to the enrolment team in order to complete your enrolment.

September 2021 entry

International Enrolment ends Friday 26 November 2021.  After this date if you still need support, please take your documents to your Student Services Centre.  If you're waiting for a BRP to be delivered to the University, you will be contacted to book an appointment when it has arrived.

January 2022 entry

If you have arranged to have your BRP delivered to NTU, you can collect this at our International Enrolment Event at the City Campus between 10 January – 4 February 2022, Monday-Friday 10:00 - 14:00.

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.

Can I start my course online if I can't arrive for my course start date?

Unfortunately, if you are unable to arrive for the start of your course there is no online start available.

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.

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. If you test positive for COVID-19 you should self-isolate and let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking form, so that we can support you.

What do I do when I arrive at a UK airport? 

UK airports have measures in place for Covid-19. Please visit our travel advice web page for more information on this.

What happens if I need to self-isolate? Who do I tell and how will you support me? 

If you need to self-isolate please complete our Coronavirus Tracking form upon arrival at your destination. This will be shared with your Academic School so that they know you are here. It will also be shared with our Student Support Services so that you can receive support from us for your health and wellbeing.

Please note you must complete your online enrolment to access this form.

What if I can’t arrive for the start of my course in January? Can I defer my place? 

It's important to be here and to have completed any self-isolation in time for your course start date. If you cannot arrive in time for the start of your course you can defer your application to the next available start date, September 2022. Please refer to your emails and complete our online deferral form.

Students from red list countries

At the time of writing there a no countries on the red list. However, this information can change at short notice so please continue to check the UK Government Travel Guidelines.

If red list countries are in operation

If you're travelling from a red list country, we are aware that you may be facing difficulties with visas and travel arrangements.
If you are unable to arrive for the course start date, we want to support you by giving you a bit of extra time. You will have up until the latest start date on your CAS to be in Nottingham.
If you do not think you will have completed your self-isolation by the latest start date on your CAS, do not travel to the UK as you will not be allowed to start your course and may be asked to return to your home country.
You have the option to defer your application to the next available start date, September 2022. Please refer to your recent emails from NTU and complete the online deferral form.

Are the campuses safe?

Measures are in place on all campuses to ensure that the NTU community of staff and students is safe.

To learn more about safety and the support available please visit Being at NTU and our StudentHub.

Please help us to keep you, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings.

Do I need to take Lateral Flow Covid tests while I'm on campus?

Lateral Flow Covid Testing is free and available to all students and colleagues who are on campus. The tests will help stop the spread of COVID-19 as we are able to identify those people who are infected but not displaying any symptoms.

You should test regularly to help protect our NTU and wider community. If you test positive for COVID-19 you should not return to campus, instead you should self-isolate at your current address and let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking form, so that we can support you.

Lateral flow Covid tests are designed to be used regularly during your on-campus studies to help stop the spread of COVID-19 once you have completed your initial period of self-isolation. Please note that a negative Lateral Flow Covid test is not the same as a Test to Release Covid test and will not release you from your 10-day self-isolation period on arrival in Nottingham.

We are also offering home testing kits which can be collected from campus. We advise that you book a slot to collect your at home testing kit.

Can I have the Covid vaccine as a student in the UK?


Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of the nationality or immigration status.

Please read the latest advice on travel and vaccines in question and answer format.

You do not have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination, it is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

We recommend that you register with a GP when you arrive at the University in order to receive an NHS number which you'll need to receive the vaccine. You can register with a local medical practice when you join us. There are medical practices based at both the City and Clifton campuses (students based at Brackenhurst usually register with the Southwell Medical Practice).

If you've already had one vaccine please bring your information with you, you'll be able to arrange to have your second dose here.

There are drop-in vaccination centres on and near our campuses.

For full information and advice, please read NHS Covid-19 vaccine FAQs.

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

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 we receive from international students.

FAQs about applications

I’d like to apply, how can I get some advice?

We’re delighted you’re considering studying with us. You can get advice and information on our website for your application, and you can also contact your NTU country representative.

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 to 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?

You have the following options:

Do you have any advice about accommodation?

You'll find information about NTU and private accommodation on our website.

We always advise to start researching your options early, as popular residences book up quickly.

If you need advice on your options please contact our student accommodation services team and they'll be happy to advise you.

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?

You can meet your English language conditions by:

Pre-sessional English

Please use our online applicant portal to apply for a pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) course.

There are online courses starting 28 March 2022 and 3 May 2022. There is also a 10-week course which you can choose to do online or on campus starting 20 June 2022, and a 6-week course online or on campus starting 18 July 2022.

Please note:

  • For online course options, you may need to pay for a premium fast track visa service for the degree course that follows when PEAP is completed.
  • For admission to the on-campus PEAP courses, you will require a Secure English Language Test (SELT). The SELT that we currently accept is IELTS for UKVI.

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IELTS and other English language tests

Check the alternative language tests accepted by the University on our website – if you still have questions about your English language 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 distance learning postgraduate courses?

Yes. 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?

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

Can I still come to do study abroad and exchange at NTU?

Yes. We are processing applications as normal. However everyone must comply with the travel regulations in the UK and your home country. Please check the latest travel advice.

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

Yes. Please contact our international team for advice on how to request a refund.

Can I work in the UK after I graduate?

The UK government has launched the new post-study work visa called the Graduate visa.

This route is for students completing their degree or other eligible qualification. Through this route, students will be able to stay in the UK to work for:

  • two years, or
  • three years if they are a PhD student.

Applicants don't need to have an employer to be able to apply. They can do most types of work once the visa is granted. They can even be self-employed.

Please visit our student hub for more information about the Graduate route.

You can also see the UKCISA website for a summary of information about this new visa.

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You will need to ensure you have the correct immigration permission/visa in place before you start your journey.

Our award-winning student support team provide excellent advice and information on immigration matters and advice on how to make a successful visa application.

See below some answers to questions around visa statuses.

If you still need help you can email the team at

Laura, Katie and Stella
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 so please read this section carefully.

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

Still need help?

International Development Office
44 + (0) 115 848 8175