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 for 2021 entry on this page.
Last updated 14 April 2021
September 2021 applicants
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 at this time.
Frequently asked questions
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:
- International student support
- International enquiries team for applications
- NTU and your country advisors
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?
Don’t worry, you have some options.
If you need help achieving our English language requirements, you can apply for our online Pre-sessional English.
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?
If you have an conditional offer based on English language, you can meet the language requirements by successfully completing our Pre-sessional English course appropriate for your level.
We are currently delivering this course online and we are offering our 6-week course online or on-campus.
We believe this is the best option for you to prepare for academic study at NTU; if you would like advice please email email@example.com.
Benefits of the course:
- Supportive – so that you’re well prepared for assessments and follow-on courses.
- Effective – you’ll learn a lot in a short time and make substantial gains in language development.
- Relevant – everything you learn will help you in your follow-on studies.
- Interactive – learning in small groups, on useful tasks with feedback from teachers and other students.
- Confidence – you’ll join your studies with confidence and be familiar with the ‘NTU way’ of doing things.
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 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. 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 autumn 2021?
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 before making any plans.
When you're able to make travel plans, please visit our planning your journey web page for information on travel to Nottingham from UK airports.
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?
If you are currently studying online outside the UK please do not book your travel until you are invited back for on-campus teaching, see the Your Experience web page for full advice and information on this.
Before you travel, here are some things you will need to consider including latest travel restrictions, quarantine or self-isolation requirements and proof of a negative test:
- what you must do before you travel
- information on self-isolation requirements
- UK Government guidance on self-isolation requirements from non-red list countries
When you are in a position to make travel plans, please read our advice and information for planning your journey.
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:
- Starting at NTU
- When you arrive
- Your experience (including information on how to report if you get a positive Covid-19 result or need to self-isolate)
Answers to questions you may have about arriving here may be in the section below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
What do I do when I arrive in the UK?
How will you support me if I have to self-isolate when I arrive?
If you are self isolating in your NTU accommodation we can support you by providing basic food packages whilst in isolation. To receive this please complete our Coronavirus Tracking form upon arrival. You may be able to extend your contract to arrive early for your self-isolation period, if necessary. To do this, contact email@example.com and they will be able to advise. You will be required to pay for any additional weeks added to your standard contract.
If you have booked accommodation with another private provider, please first contact your accommodation provider to explain your situation.
It's really important to check the latest UK Government guidance on self-isolation requirements. If you have concerns about your situation, please contact us for advice.
There's plenty of support available to help you manage your health and well-being during self-isolation, please visit our guide to self-isolating web pages.
What if I can’t arrive for the start of my course?
If you have any concerns about your arrival date please contact your academic school subject administration team.
If you are already studying online with us, either in Nottingham or in your country, please visit our Your Experience web page for the latest updates and advice on returning to on-campus teaching, support with self-isolation and keeping safe while you study.
If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result or need to self-isolate please let us know by completing the NTU Covid-19 Tracker Form so that we can make sure you get the right support.
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 please email our international enquiries team and we'll be happy to advise.