Information for international students


At this time we are advising you to remain in your current location whether overseas or in the UK. 

You can access teaching and learning online until in-person learning resumes. 

Only students on critical worker courses on campus should travel to the UK.


If you have already travelled back please access your teaching online unless you have scheduled on campus teaching.

The UK has closed all travel corridors as of 18 January 2021, this means you will have to take a Covid-19 test before you travel and also complete ten days self-isolation on arrival.

You must fulfil your quarantine requirements and also have tested negative for Covid before accessing any facilities on campus. This means you must self-isolate in your accommodation for ten days if you have entered the UK from a non-red-list country. If you have entered the UK from a red-list country, you must isolate in a managed quarantine hotel

The Government guidance for international students explains you must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine, or if you are travelling from a ‘red list’ country: book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.

You must also complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number.

You should be aware that travel advice may change while you are overseas, and are advised to regularly check all relevant gov.uk guidance pages for updates.

Once your isolation is over, you can attend face-to-face teaching if you are scheduled to do so. Click here to book your free weekly Covid-19 NHS tests if you are on campus.


The Government guidance for international students explains you must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine, or if you are travelling from a ‘red list’ country: book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine.

Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.


The below information is also available at GOV.UK - how to quarantine when you arrive in England

Everyone must book a travel test package – this costs £210. You must take 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.

Use the booking portal to book your travel test package (this is administered by CTM).

If you’re facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, there will be an opportunity to pay later in instalments by applying for a deferred repayment plan when booking. This is only available if you already receive income-related benefits, and you will be required to pay back your debt to the government in 12 monthly instalments.

You must not apply for deferred payment if you are not eligible. If you provide false information, or omit key information which has been asked for in your application, you will be committing fraud and liable for conviction.

You will not be able to leave quarantine until you have received both a negative result from your day 8 test and quarantined for 10 days.

If you do not take the tests, you may face a penalty of up to £2,000.

If you test positive for either test you must quarantine for a further 10 days from the day you took the test – you will receive further advice alongside your test results.

If your test shows that you have a variant of coronavirus known as a ‘variant of concern’, you will get a further call and your contacts will be asked to be tested.


From 15 February 2021, anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days. 

You must fulfil your quarantine requirements and also have tested negative for Covid before accessing any facilities on campus. This means you must self-isolate in your accommodation for ten days if you have entered the UK from a non-red-list country. If you have entered the UK from a red-list country, you must isolate in a managed quarantine hotel

The Government guidance for international students explains you must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine, or if you are travelling from a ‘red list’ country: book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.

You must also complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number.

You should be aware that travel advice may change while you are overseas, and are advised to regularly check all relevant gov.uk guidance pages for updates.

Once your isolation is over, you can attend face-to-face teaching if you are scheduled to do so. Click here to book your free weekly Covid-19 NHS tests if you are on campus.

See the UK Government website for more details on this plan and how to comply. 


You can find Government guidance here.


For help and support contact international@beds.ac.uk 


Before returning to campus, the Office for Students (OfS) require information regarding your planned return to the university.

Please complete this form in order for us to keep our information up to date: https://www.beds.ac.uk/returnsurvey/

 


The Department of Health & Social Care has consulted with the British Islamic Medical Association and been advised

’Our position is that PCR and LFD tests do not invalidate the fast, which is the opinion of the vast majority of Islamic scholars.'

Poster - fasting and taking the Covid test

General FAQs


Please check out the FAQ to find out how you’ll be studying during the national lockdown.


The University is offering online blended learning with campus teaching and activities. We therefore expect you to be living near to your campus and attending face to face classes where required.

If you are unable to do so due to medical reasons or because you are unable to travel to the UK from your home country, please email prearrival2020@beds.ac.uk BEFORE your scheduled classes or appointments take place. Any online only study must be approved on a course by course basis.

If you are on a course which cannot be studied online or you do not have the equipment/internet access to enable you to study online, you may need to defer your studies to a fresh start date when your course will be available in the nearest future. This will affect your current leave to remain status and lead to your current visa being revoked. It means you will have to apply for fresh visa application in your country with our renewed CAS letter.

The Home office recognises the current situation is exceptional and that some students may not be able to attend classes physically. If you have permission to engage online only, please make sure you engage with your units and modules through BREO.

We will not withdraw Tier 4/Student sponsorship as long as you are engaging in online studies and submitting assessments on time. We will continue to check and follow Home Office guidance and keep students informed.


International students who hold a Tier 4/Student Visa to study in the UK are subject to working restrictions imposed by UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration).

Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card or visa indicates the maximum number of hours you are permitted to work. This includes both paid and voluntary work. Students are not allowed to be self-employed or engage in business activity or work as a professional sportsperson or entertainer. Students are also not allowed to work in a position which would fill a permanent full-time activity.

You should check the number of hours you may work and you must ensure you do not exceed these hours. If you exceed these hours or breach any of the other conditions above, this is considered illegal working and will affect your immigration record. Illegal working can result in the curtailment of your visa and risk any future visa applications you make. It can even lead to a prison sentence and a fine for you and civil penalty for your employer.

If the University of Bedfordshire has concerns about students working illegally in the UK or who are otherwise breaching the conditions of their stay, we will report this to UKVI as it is one of our duties as a Student visa sponsor.


You are required to engage with your units and modules through BREO. You will need to submit a Mitigating Circumstances Form if you are not able to submit your assessments, you must do this BEFORE the deadline.

If you do not have the equipment or internet access to enable you to study online, you may need to defer your studies. Please contact prearrival2020@beds.ac.uk and see answer to Question 1.


Yes. You should continue to engage with study through face to face classes and BREO (just BREO if you have been permitted to study solely online).

You are here on a full-time student visa and you have to attend classes and complete your course within the period for which your visa is granted.

We will monitor class attendance and BREO access throughout your courses.


If you intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so and you have a visa or leave that expires between 1 December 2020 and 31 January 2021, you may request additional time to stay, also known as ‘exceptional assurance'.

See government advice on ‘exceptional assurance' at GOV.UK - advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents This guidance is regularly updated.

You may also seek advice from the University via email visaadvice@beds.ac.uk


In principle, no. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office currently advises against all but essential travel.

This means that the University will refuse all requests to travel from the UK to another country unless they are assessed and concluded by the International Office as absolutely necessary and unambiguous evidence is provided.

Please do not approach SID or the International Office for permission to travel unless the above applies. This is to keep you and the rest of the University community safe.

If you do absolutely need to travel during term-time, please email intstudent.experience@beds.ac.uk with your evidence.


Some of you may still be waiting for your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP – visa card) to be delivered to the University. We are receiving regular deliveries from UK Visas and Immigration. As soon as we receive your BRP, we will contact you for an appointment to collect from us.

We have been reassured by UK Visas and Immigration that your leave will remain VALID, if your total visa is longer than six months, even if your vignette expires before you receive your BRP.


International students who live in the UK and are registered with a GP will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK, just as they are currently able to access healthcare. This means that older international students or those with underlying medical conditions will fall into priority categories, in the same way as the domestic population.

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