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International students

Page updated: 19 January 2021

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.

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COVID-19 restrictions and what they mean for our NTU Community

Under national restrictions our campuses remain open for essential activities to support those students who need us.

The Government has stated that universities will be moving teaching and learning online until mid-February except for a small number of future critical worker courses which will remain as blended learning with some in-person.

All other courses will commence Term Two online. The start date will stay the same as previously scheduled for your course. You can read more about how we are adapting over on our learning and teaching pages.

The Government advises that students should only return to their term-time accommodation and only be on campus when their in-person teaching has resumed (please note there are exemptions for students with special circumstances).

We're working through the detail of the impact the national restrictions have on our teaching and will be contacting students soon. Please continue to check your emails regularly.

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

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.

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Covid-19 tests: Lateral Flow and Test to Release

There are two types of Covid-19 tests available to international students; Lateral Flow and Test to Release.

Lateral Flow tests

If you’re an international student currently living in Nottingham you should take two COVID-19 Lateral Flow Tests three days apart, before you start your in-person teaching for the first time.

If you’re a new student, you’d also be suitable for this test any time after you have completed any self-isolation requirements.

Lateral Flow tests will be offered on campus to all students from Monday 4 January – Friday 5 February 2021.

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.

Lateral Flow Tests are free, self-administered and should take less than 10 minutes.

Bookings for these tests are available on the testing, tracking and self-isolating web page.

If your Lateral Flow test is 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.

Test to Release tests

If you’re a new or returning international student travelling to the UK from a non-travel corridor country to start or re-start your studies, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

You have the option to take an accredited 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 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 this is available to you. 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.

International student support team

Dedicated support for international students

Our international student support service team offer guidance and support throughout your time here at the University.

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.

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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 consult the information below.

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Self-isolating on arrival

Please read the UK government advice and information on how to self-isolate in England.

You have the option to take an accredited COVID-19 Test to Release test before you travel – please see the information on Test and Release tests on this page.

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 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 read our guide to self-isolating information.

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Teaching and learning safely

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.

Please visit our 2021 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.

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;
  • 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;
  • wearing a face covering. Face coverings should be worn on campus, including in teaching spaces unless it impacts on teaching;
  • 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.

Keeping safe

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question or concern about being on campus please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm and 10 am – 4 pm at weekends.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+ 44 (0)115 848 8175