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International students

Page last updated: 15 September 2020

We understand as an international student you’re going to be nervous about what University life is going to look like this year. Whether you're starting at NTU or returning, we are here to support you, and we are ready to welcome you.

Student on the street

How we are helping keep you safe

We have been putting a lot of thought and work into how we can deliver the best experience in the safest way, so you can get the most out of your learning and teaching at NTU.

Changes include:

  • adopting a range of teaching and learning techniques, including some in person where we can, to make sure you can meet your learning goals.
    Please visit our 2020 entry course pages for further details on how we might be adapting your course to ensure student safety and the high quality student experience you can expect from NTU. If any significant changes are made to your course, you will receive an update by email.
  • Redesigning classrooms, laboratories and specialist facilities to support active collaborative learning in a safer environment.
  • Timetabling courses to meet social distancing guidelines, so there will be fewer students in rooms than usual and, where possible, allowing students to remain in consistent groups.
  • Installing additional signage to mark which direction people should walk in.
  • Installing hand sanitiser stations in every building.
  • Replacing standard taps with sensor control taps.
  • Arranging enhanced regular cleaning of commonly used areas in buildings.
  • Installing screens to facilitate meetings where it is not possible to adhere to social distancing guidance where is necessary to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
  • Making innovative use of the University’s campus to provide the most positive student experience.

We are also doing our best to bring you lots of fun activities, tips, and chats – all accessed virtually and for free in our Virtual Global Lounge.Things are going to be a little different but there’s plenty going on to give you the best possible NTU experience and we can’t wait to see you.

Dedicated support for international students

Our international student support service team, offer guidance and support throughout your time here at NTU. You can ask them for advice about your visa or any immigration matter, and talk to them about any problem, no matter how big or small.

Arriving in Nottingham

The global pandemic means some restrictions on travel are in place and you may need to do a little more preparation ahead of your journey.

We have put together dedicated  planning your journey web pages, specifically for international travel, to help you prepare for your journey. This includes details about travel options from UK airports, travel documentation and information you need to provide before arriving in the UK. For example, you'll need to complete a form 48 hours before your travel to the UK with information about your journey.

Self-isolating on arrival

Different government advice applies depending on where you are coming to the UK from so please check the travel corridor list on the website to see if you will need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Please note that this list can change regularly.

If you have booked NTU or UPP accommodation and are from a country that is not on the UK travel corridor list, you can self-isolate in your room. This will be at no cost until your contract start date, after which you will be liable for payment. You'll need to keep the accommodation team informed of your expected arrival date, by completing the appropriate booking form (listed below) and entering your expected arrival date:

If you have queries about your booking after you have completed the form, please contact the accommodation team for advice using the appropriate email address stated below:

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. We are in continual discussion with private accommodation providers and are working very closely together to provide alternative solutions for students who need to self-isolate on arrival.

Please contact for queries relating to booking self-isolation accommodation.

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

Unable to arrive for the start of term

We have been working hard to make our campuses Covid-secure so we can welcome you to NTU. But we recognise that restrictions on international travel, self-isolation and shielding issues due to COVID-19 means there may be some students unable to attend campus.

If you are unable to attend campus you will have access to some teaching online and other study resources. You'll also be able to enrol online and join virtual inductions and events. We will support you if you are not able to attend campus sessions, although it will not be possible to provide you with the full teaching experience through study online only and you should attend as soon as you are able to.

If you are a new student unable to arrive in the UK and you wish to begin your study remotely, you must contact the University in order to request this by completing our Ask NTU form. Complete all of the form fields and, on the following fields, please select:

  • 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.

Please note, this option is not available for all courses. Please continue to check your emails to see whether you have been contacted about this option.

If you are a continuing student and you are unable to attend campus then you should contact your Course Leader/School Administration Team to understand what is being provided online and how you can best undertake your studies remotely.  In addition, unless it is necessary for students to be assessed on campus, our assessments will continue to be conducted online.

If you are being sponsored as a Tier 4 student and study remotely, there may be implications for your Tier 4 visa. In the majority of cases NTU will be able to continue to sponsor you for the period prior to you arriving in the UK to continue your studies. However, if you choose not to travel once it becomes safe for you to do so, NTU may have to end our sponsorship until a time at which you choose to enter the UK. This may result in you needing to make a new application for a visa prior to travel. If you are not subject to travel restrictions but choose not to come to Nottingham to continue your course this year, this will impact your visa and you may need to make a new visa application to continue with your course if you choose to return to your studies later.

The availability of accommodation could also depend on when you arrive. If you are delayed in getting to the UK, contact the accommodation team who have contacts with lots of private providers.

Your responsibility

We are excited to welcome new and returning members of our international NTU community. You are part of NTU, and we are a community built on respect. A community that supports one another and takes responsibility to do the right thing to keep our University, city and county safe.

Follow guidelines designed to protect you and others both inside and outside the University and follow government guidelines with self-isolating, social distancing and the use of face coverings.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+ 44 (0)115 848 8175