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

Due to 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 started in January 2021 are now be delivered remotely, without face-to-face teaching. Following the government announcement on 22 February 2021, we are delighted to be welcome back students on practical courses on campus from Monday 8 March 2021. Further information about starting university life in September 2021 will be added to this page as soon as details are announced.

Travelling to the UK

From Monday 15th February, anyone arriving into the UK from another country will need to have two COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of isolation. Anyone travelling from 'red list’ countries must isolate in the Government approved hotels at your own cost.  

Prior to departure passengers travelling to England will need to show a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to 72 hours before departing and complete a passenger locator form. Please make sure you are fully aware of the restrictions of what you can and cannot do during the current period. Further details on travelling to the UK can be found on the UK government website. Further details on travelling to the UK can be found on the UK government website.

Your arrival

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.

Moving from Vietnam to the UK

International student Le Thi Thu Huyen shares how she made her mind up to come to the UK to study MA Careers Education and Coaching despite the global pandemic and how she now feels very happy and secure in Derby after receiving a warm welcome and support from her lecturers, tutor, and academic staff.

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The UK is very safe for international students, and the university has 24-hour security and CCTV. Most campuses have a special body that ensures safety for international students providing contact numbers to get in touch with officials in case of any emergency

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English language test requirements for 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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Moving from Pakistan to Derby: My experience as an international student

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Fitting in and making friends

When Simona first arrived at University she was afraid that as an international student she would feel alone and that it would be hard to make new friends. Fortunately for her, these feelings didn’t last long.

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

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