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 11 October 2021
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, who can I talk to for some advice?
We’re delighted you’re considering studying with us.
You can also get dedicated support on all visa matters from our international student support team:
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:
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.
We believe this is the best option for you to prepare for academic study at NTU; if you would like advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
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 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?
Can I work in the UK after I graduate?
The UK government has launched the new post-study work visa graduate route and this is now open for applications.
This visa 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 the information we currently have about this new visa.
If you are planning to travel to the UK to start (or resume) your studies, there are some things you are required to do before you travel and when you arrive:
When you are in a position to make travel plans, please read our advice and information for planning your journey.
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 email@example.com.
FAQs about Student visas
If you are a continuing international student who already has a valid Student visa to continue your studies in the UK
No further action is required.
If you have a valid CAS (issued in the last six months) which you haven't used
Visit our Making your Student visa application to find out how to make your Student visa application.
If you have a CAS issued more than six months ago which you haven't used
CASs are only valid for a 6 month period. If your CAS was issued more than 6 months ago, you will need to request a new one.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a new CAS or to check your current CAS validity.
If you have used your CAS and have an entry clearance vignette (entry clearance sticker)
You must check the expiry date of your entry clearance vignette. If it will expire before you plan to travel, you will need to apply for a replacement.
Go to the UKVI website. Under “apply outside the UK” choose “Start now.” Follow the steps and when you are asked “Confirm your visa type” choose “BRP Vignette Transfer.”
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:
- When you arrive
- Protecting the NTU community from Covid-19 (including information on how to report if you get a positive test result or need to self-isolate).
- Vaccination information
Answers to questions you may have about arriving here may be in the section below.
FAQs about arriving at NTU
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.
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 8 September – 8 October 2021.
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?
We are contacting offer holders about any options for starting courses online in September 2021. Please check your email regularly for messages from us relating to your course.
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.
Please also read the information around self-isolation requirements and University support carefully, as this varies depending on which country you are travelling from (red, amber or green list countries).
When you have arrived at your self-isolation destination, please let us know by completing this tracker form.
How will you support me if I have to self-isolate?
Please read the information around self-isolation requirements and University support carefully, as this varies depending on which country you are travelling from (red, amber or green list countries).
No matter where you self-isolate (quarantine hotel or in our accommodation, for example) please complete our Coronavirus Tracking form upon arrival at your destination so that you can receive support from us for your health and wellbeing.
It's really important to check the latest UK Government guidance on self-isolation requirements. And if you have any concerns about your situation, please contact us for advice.
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.
Are the campuses safe?
Our campuses are all Covid-secure. This means that social distancing measures are in place for all students on every course and every campus.
To find out more and feel confident about learning safely at NTU please visit our student life web page.
To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.
Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings where appropriate (in shops and public transport, for example).
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.
If you are already studying online with us, either in Nottingham or in your country, please visit our Being at NTU web pages 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.