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International students

Page updated: 14 April 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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The UK Government advises that international students should remain at their current location until their on-campus teaching is scheduled to resume.

The Government confirms that: “all remaining higher education students will be able to return to campus for in-person learning from Monday 17 May at the earliest, alongside Step Three of the roadmap for leaving lockdown."

Your academic School will contact you if on-campus teaching is permitted to restart on your programme.

If you are an international student already in the UK, you should continue to study online at your current location until the campus-teaching restarts for your programme.


Before you travel

If you are currently studying online outside the UK please do not book your travel until you are invited back for on-campus teaching. If you have already booked your travel, but your in-person teaching is not due to start you should consider delaying if it will not cause you any financial hardship.

If you are studying one of the subjects where campus teaching is being resumed, we look forward to welcoming you back. Before you travel, there are some things you will need to consider including latest travel restrictions, quarantine or self-isolation and proof of a negative test.

If you are currently at your term time address you are encouraged to stay here to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you wish to travel, particularly if you have been on campus since January, please only travel once before 29 April. Please ensure you are tested before you leave University and before your return where community testing is available.

For international students who may be considering travelling please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website which features the latest guidance from the Department for Education.

Things to consider before you travel

Red list countries

Non-red list countries:

  • If you have NOT been in or travelled through a red-list country in the last 10 days, you still have to self-isolate for 10 days, but this can be in your term-time accommodation.
  • Before you travel to the UK you MUST book a travel test package. This involves a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19. You should use the booking portal to book your travel test package.
  • If you have quarantined for 10 days and received a negative result for both your day 2 and day 8 tests, you may leave the place where you’re quarantining. The 10-day period is counted from the day after you left your country of origin before travelling to the UK.

Self-isolating on arriving in the UK from a non-red list country

If you have NOT arrived from or travelled through a red list country you should self-isolate at the term-time address for 10 days.

You must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed.

You should:

  • Only use public transport if you have no other option, visit our travelling to Nottingham for more details on booking taxis in the UK.
  • Follow safer travel guidance for passengers.
  • Only leave your accommodation in limited circumstances and follow guidance on how to self-isolate.
  • You will need to take a COVID-19 test booked via the travel test package on or before day 2 of your quarantine/self-isolation period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. This first test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. Tests will be taken in your own accommodation.
  • You will need to take the second booked COVID-19 test on or after day 8, unless you received a positive result from your day 2 test.
  • When you have self-isolated for 10 days and received a negative result to both the day 2 and day 8 tests, you may leave the place where you’re self-isolating. The 10-day period is counted from the day after you left your country of origin before returning to the UK.

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.

Additional COVID-19 tests: Test to Release and Lateral Flow

As well as the travel test package, there are two additional types of COVID-19 tests available to international students, these are:

  • Test to Release
  • Lateral Flow Testing

Test to Release

If you wish, you have the option to also 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.

Students cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through ‘red list’ countries in the 10 days before you arrive in England. In this circumstance you will need to self-isolate for the full 10 days at a quarantine hotel.

Students planning to use the Test to Release scheme must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you are exempt. Even if you get a negative result from the Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you will still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19 as part of the travel test package.

More information on the Test to Release scheme is on the 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, 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 or travel test package. And a negative Lateral Flow test will not release you from your self-isolation period.

Lateral Flow Testing

Lateral Flow Testing is free and available to all students and colleagues who need to be 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. Bookings for these tests are available on the testing, tracking and self-isolating web page.

A negative Lateral Flow test will not release you from your 10-day self-isolation period on arrival in Nottingham.

These 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.

If you need to be on campus, either because your in-person teaching has started or you need to access facilities, 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.

Visas and immigration

If you are not currently in the UK and are planning to travel to start or resume on-campus teaching, you will need to ensure you have the correct immigration permission/visa.

International non-EU students

If you are a continuing international student who already has a valid Student visa (Tier 4) 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 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 do I need to do to be eligible for the Graduate Route (post-study work) visa?

Applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 and who have been outside the UK undertaking distance learning will now have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK (updated from 6 April 2021) in order to be eligible for the Graduate route. Students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

The Home Office has also confirmed that any period of distance learning which took place between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 as part of a course of study lasting longer than 12 months will not prevent an applicant from applying to the Graduate route. Therefore, students studying longer programmes (for example, January MSc students on international placements or final-year undergraduates) who were previously present in the UK, will not need to meet this deadline.

The Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021.

You can find a helpful summary of the information that is available from the UKCISA website.

EU students

If you are an EU student who has already applied for the EU Settlement Scheme

No further action is required.

If you are an EU student and you think you are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme or contact for further information.

If you are an EU student and do not think you are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

You may need to apply for a Student visa in order to study in the UK.  Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme or contact for further information and to request a CAS (in order to make a Student visa application).

For further immigration information and advice, please visit the Visa and Immigration pages on the StudentHub or email .

Students who cannot yet come to the UK

If for any reason, you are unable to return, you should contact your School immediately. We will continue to support you in your studies on-line, and where appropriate, make alternative arrangements to assist you to complete practical elements of your course when you can get to the UK.

Dedicated support for international students

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

You can get advice on any immigration or financial matters and talk confidentially about any personal problem, no matter how big or small. Please don't hesitate to contact us at or via telephone +44 (0)115 848 2631.

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

Students share feelings about blended learning

Safety on campus

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 at all times inside all NTU buildings, unless you are exempt;
  • 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.

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