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International students

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

Is the University still planning to start teaching on campus in September?

Yes. We can confirm that International Welcome will start on 20th September, as originally planned. However, we will continue to support all of our students by offering as much flexibility as possible. If you need to request an extension to the start date due to delays caused by the COVID situation, please contact int-admissions@staffs.ac.uk to discuss your personal circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Will my classes be held online or on campus?

In line with the lifting of Government restrictions and the removal of social distancing, Staffordshire University is planning for a full on-campus experience for our students from September 2021, with some virtual activities where this enhances the teaching and learning experience.

We continue to follow Government guidance as it emerges - adapting as required - and look at how it applies to all aspects of our University's delivery - to enable us to continue providing you with the best possible experience. The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and whole University community remains a priority.

We will continue to keep you informed throughout the Summer so that you know what you can expect on arrival.

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

We have adopted a number of additional measures including:

  • On campus COVID-19 testing facility
  • Face coverings required while moving through all University and Students’ Union buildings
  • Additional hand sanitiser stations throughout the campus

How long will COVID-19 arrangements be in place for?

At present, we are unable to say how long the additional COVID-secure measures will be in place. However, we will continue to ensure that additional safety precautions are in position for all students and staff to access for the foreseeable future.

Can I study online from my home country and transfer on to the campus for semester 2?

At this stage, we are not expecting students to be studying fully online in September, and expect to be providing a full on-campus experience. However, we will take into consideration your circumstances and provide further information over the summer.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival and if so, how is this possible?

Currently, the UK government has a ‘Red, Amber, Green’ system for all UK arrivals, including international students.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days prior to arrival in the UK, you will need to book a quarantine hotel package. The quarantine hotel must be booked via the UK government website and the current cost is £1,750 per adult.

You can currently only book your quarantine hotel two weeks before your flight arrives in the UK.

If you have been in a country or territory on the amber list in the last 10 days prior to arrival in the UK, you will need to undertake a 10 day quarantine in your student accommodation.

If you are arriving from a country or territory from the green list, you do not need to quarantine unless your COVID test on day 2 is positive. It is very important that you read and understand the full government guidelines on travelling to the UK before you make any travel arrangements. You can find the full regulations on the government website.

Do I need to quarantine even if I have been vaccinated?

Yes, you will still need to follow the above measures even if you have received a COVID vaccine.

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.

Please note that the quarantine rules still apply even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. You will have the option to receive the vaccine during your studies but this is not a compulsory requirement.

Do I need to take a COVID test before travelling to the UK?

Yes, it is compulsory that you have proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travelling to the UK. You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs. Full details of the acceptable tests can be found on the government website.

Will I be tested upon arrival in the UK?

Yes.

If you are arriving from a ‘Red’ listed country, you will be tested twice in your quarantine hotel.

If you are arriving from an ‘Amber’ listed country, you will need to book and pay for a COVID- 19 test for day 2 and day 8 after your arrival.

If you are arriving from a ‘Green’ listed country, you will need to book and pay for a COVID- 19 test for day 2 after your arrival.

It’s really important that you plan this in advance so that the tests can be sent to your student accommodation ahead of your arrival. Make sure that you read the government regulations in advance of making any travel plans.

Will I be tested throughout my studies?

Currently, Staffordshire University all University staff and students to undertake a COVID-19 test twice per week. We have a fully operational test centre on our Stoke-on-Trent campus which is free for all students to use. Test results are generally released within 30 minutes. In addition, all students can now be part of the Universities Home Testing Programme, which allows everyone to collect a free home testing kit from the University. These free tests are available from various Collection Points across all our campuses.

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?

Unfortunately, due to the current government guidance, we will not be arranging coach pick-ups from the airport this year. However, the International Student Support team are organising a taxi booking service so that you can have transport waiting for you when your flight arrives. We will send more information about this in the coming weeks.

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.

We will apply as much flexibility as we can around your enrolment date. As long as any delays do not affect your academic performance, it may be possible for you to start your course online on a temporary basis. This will be agreed on a case-by-case basis with the Dean of the School. 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?

If you’ve received your Unconditional offer and have decided to study with us in September, we’d encourage you to make your deposit payment as soon as possible so that you can apply for your visa as soon as the Visa Application Centres start to reopen.

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 until later in the Summer, 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 on the 20th September.

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. If you are no longer able to take up your place with us due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be able to issue a full refund so long as you let us know before 31 Aug 2021. To apply for your accommodation now, please see our website.

My exams have been cancelled until further notice so I will not have any grades before September. Can I still study at Staffordshire University?

Please contact the International Admissions team (int-admissions@staffs.ac.uk) as soon as possible so that we can discuss your individual circumstances.

I need to take an IELTS test to fulfil my offer conditions but IELTS testing has been suspended in my country.

IELTS are now offering an online test which can be taken from the safety of your own home. Duolingo can also be used with a benchmark score of 95 for most courses and 85 in each subset. If IELTS Indicator or Duolingo are not available in your country, please contact International Admissions so that we can support you in finding an alternative arrangement.

I have a Credibility Interview listed as one of my offer conditions, but I haven’t been able to take my IELTS test yet. Can I do my credibility interview first?

If you have a Credibility Interview listed as one of your offer conditions, you are welcome to take your interview at any time. Please ensure that you have read our full set of guidance notes before booking your interview.

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

The majority of our courses start in September, so if you are unable to join September 2021, you may be able to defer until September 2022. A limited number of postgraduate courses have a January 2021 entry point. 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.

Please note that scholarships have not yet been determined for 2022 and therefore we cannot guarantee any scholarships to students who defer their place.

What do I need to do before I travel?

  1. Check the Government website for updates on red, amber and green list countries and what this means for your travel arrangements.
  2. Make sure you have your accommodation booked for your 10 day quarantine period if you are coming from a country on the amber list. If you are travelling from a country on the red list, make sure to book your quarantine hotel.
  3. Book your COVID-19 tests ready for your arrival in the UK.
  4. Take a COVID-19 test before you travel.
  5. Complete your passenger locator form.

More questions?

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