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We appreciate that some students may be concerned about how COVID-19 will affect their studies in the UK. Staffordshire University is closely monitoring the advice from the World Health Organisation to ensure that any impact on students is minimised as much as possible.

On this page you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions from new international students which we hope will alleviate any concerns. If you are planning to study with us and have still questions about your application or ability to travel, please contact us so that we can discuss your individual circumstances

If you are a returning international student and have any specific concerns, please contact student-support@staffs.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions

What additional measures has the University adopted to keep the campus COVID-19 secure?

The University has been following Government and Department for Education guidance as it emerges, looking at how it applies to all aspects of our University activities in order to keep our students and staff safe. More information can be found on our other Coronavirus web pages and you can find up-to-date requirements on the Government website

Do I need to take a vaccine before travelling to the UK?

No, it is not currently mandatory for you to be vaccinated before travelling to the UK.

You will have the option to receive the vaccine during your studies but this is not a compulsory requirement.

Will I be tested throughout my studies?

The Government and Department for Education no longer requires all students and staff in education settings to test twice a week using lateral flow tests. Testing regularly is now a matter of personal choice, although as you would expect, we would actively encourage students and staff to continue with a regular testing regime, in order to look after their own health and help protect each other.  

Can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine whilst in the UK?

So long as you register with a doctor upon arrival, you will be offered a vaccine free of charge in line with the UK Government vaccination roll out plan. We will help you to register with a doctor as part of your welcome and orientation activities. Full details can be found on the National Heath Service website.

Will there be an airport pick-up service?

At the present time, there are no scheduled coach pick-ups from the airport. However, the Student Support and Experience team can help you to organise a taxi so that you can have transport waiting for you when your flight arrives. If you wish to take advantage of this service, please email student-support@staffs.ac.uk for further details.   

The visa application centre in my country is currently closed. I am concerned that I will not be able to obtain a Student visa before the start of my course.

If you are experiencing delays outside of your control, we will apply as much flexibility as we can around your enrolment date. If you are concerned about any significant delays, please contact International Admissions so that we can discuss your individual circumstances. 

For updates on your local visa application centre, please see the VFS Global website.

I have decided that I would like to study at Staffordshire University but I am worried that I will lose my deposit if I am unable to travel due to COVID-19. What should I do?

We have adjusted our refund policy to ensure that any students who are impacted by COVID-19 and are unable to commence their studies as a result, will be refunded in full. For the full terms and conditions of our refund policy, please see our website.

My exams have been postponed so I will not be able to pay my deposit yet. Will I lose my place at the University?

No, we are holding your place at Staffordshire University until further notice. We understand that there has been major disruption to exam scheduling worldwide so we are exercising as much flexibility as possible to ensure that we support you as best we can. If you have individual circumstances which you would like to discuss with us, please feel free to email the International Admissions team: int-admissions@staffs.ac.uk.

We encourage students to pay their deposit at their earliest convenience to ensure that you have plenty of time to apply for your visa and make travel arrangements, but we understand that for some students this may not be possible until later in the Summer. We will continue to accept deposit payments and issue CAS letters as long as it is still viable for you to apply for your visa and commence your studies in time for the start of International Welcome.

I want to apply for accommodation but I’m worried about losing my accommodation deposit.

If you’ve accepted your offer to study with us at Staffordshire University, we’d encourage you to apply for your accommodation as soon as possible as places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. To apply for your accommodation now, please see our website.

I’ve decided to postpone my studies. Is this possible?

For full details on the entry points for your course, please see our website. If you’ve decided that you would like to defer your offer, please contact int-admissions@staffs.ac.uk. 

More questions?

Please feel free to contact our enquiries team  to discuss any further questions you may have relating to your application to Staffordshire University.

enquiries@staffs.ac.uk