Guidance for International applicants

As you start to prepare for university life, we know that you will have lots of questions about your arrival in the UK and how coronavirus measures will affect you. The information below aims to outline how we can support you when you arrive in the UK and what you can expect when you arrive in Derby.

Starting your studies in January

Following a recent rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK and changes put in place by the UK government from 4 January 2021, most programmes that are starting in January 2021 will now be delivered remotely, without face-to-face teaching until at least mid-February. We are still working through the details of this and we will be in touch with further advice very soon. We can confirm that teaching will still commence from Monday 25 January 2021 and this will be remotely. Given the changes, we understand that you may need some more time to complete all the necessary documentation, therefore our last enrolment date is Monday 8 February.

You may already have made plans to travel to the UK, or indeed you may already have arrived. The government guidance is that you should remain where you are and not travel while the current lockdown is in place. If you are not able to cancel your plans, you may still travel to the UK and to Derby. Please note that you may have to self-isolate for 10 days after arrival, and that there will be restrictions on what you can do and where you can go even after your period of self-isolation is over. Please make sure you have read and understood the government guidenance on this. Universities UK have also recently updated their guidance for international students.

Your arrival

Free Airport Pick-Up Service

Bookings for the January 2021 airport pick-up service have now closed and you will now need to make your own way to Derby. Please check the latest government guidance about travelling safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Self-isolation guidance and support

If you are arriving in the UK from a country that is not on the travel corridor exempt list, in order to clear immigration you must provide a permanent address in which you will self-isolate for 10 days. Note that this must be a permanent address and cannot be a hotel, as hotels will not accept customers who are self-isolating.

Self-isolation in University owned accommodation

If you are booked to live in University of Derby accommodation, we will provide you free accommodation for the 10 days self-isolation period from your day of arrival in the UK. Our accommodation team will support you with free food parcels, kitchen essentials and bedding packs to help you settle in. 

How it will work:

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Self-isolation in private accommodation

If you have arranged to live in private accommodation, you must self-isolate either at that address or at another previously arranged address. The University will not be able to provide free self-isolation accommodation, kitchen or bedding packs or food parcels for students who are not booked into University owned accommodation. You can still contact us if you require any advice and support.

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English language test requirements for January and September 2021 entry

Are you concerned about being able to provide English language requirements? While the current situation continues, we will temporarily accept some alternatives to the standard IELTS test for most courses.

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Fitting in and making friends

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Our dedicated enquiry team can help to answer any questions you have about studying with us.

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