Covid-19 information for international students

Covid-19 information for international students

Find out all of the information on Covid-19 for international students.

General information about how NUA is responding to Covid-19 can be found on our Coronavirus page.

How will teaching and learning work at NUA from September?  

Teaching at NUA follows an established pattern of hybrid learning. Students enjoy a mix of in-person sessions on campus making and creating in our workshops and studios, and live-streamed online lectures and seminars and on-demand digital sessions. 

We re-organised our campus last year to ensure that our studios and workshops could re-open and our timetables and teaching arrangements could run in line with the Government’s health and safety guidelines about Covid-19. 

Using our click-and-collect services, students have been able to book and borrow resources from the NUA Library and equipment from our Media Resource Centre. 

Our live-streamed online digital lectures have given students access to a more diverse and global array of visiting speakers than ever before from across the creative industries. 

But our creative spaces—from our fashion studios to film studio, print studios and media labs—remain the focal point for collaboration and creativity.   

What steps has NUA taken to make the campus as safe as possible? 

There are rules in place governing visitors to the campus, a thorough cleaning regime has been put in place, and the university has used the government guidance and applied it to all campus spaces.  

Furniture has been rearranged so that rooms can accommodate the maximum number of students safely.   

Timetables have been arranged so students can be taught in recommended group sizes; inductions and large group teaching will be delivered digitally. 

Equipment and rooms are cleaned daily, and touch points (such as door handles) are cleaned regularly throughout the day. 

What support is available to students who have to self-isolate or quarantine when they arrive in Norwich? 

Our Student Support team can help! For example, during the lockdowns, our Student Support teams ensured that any student who had to self-isolate in halls of residence had access to food, medication, other essential items, and support with their mental health and well-being. The first step is to let us know—we’re here to help. 

When is the latest I can arrive in Norwich to start my course?  

We advise all students to plan to travel to the UK in time to begin on campus for our Welcome Weeks (20 September 2021 for undergraduate starters and 27 September for postgraduate starters). 

However, we know that Covid-19 is impacting on many travel arrangements. Should your travel plans be delayed due to Coronavirus, you can still join us after these dates. The latest date of arrival in the UK for international 2021 starters is Sunday 3 October. 

If you arrive in England by this date and you are required to complete 10 days self isolation/quarantine, you will be permitted during this period to join the online sessions of Welcome Week and Weeks 1 and 2 of teaching online.   

If you are unable to arrive in England by 3 October due to Covid-19, the University will defer your place to September 2022 and you will receive a full fee refund.    

It is important that you keep us informed of when you expect to arrive in England. Please email to update us on your travel plans. 

Before you leave for the UK  

Everyone travelling to the UK must: 

  • book at least one coronavirus (COVID-19) test for after you arrive 
  • provide your contact details by completing the online passenger locator form 
  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK 

If you are travelling to England, what you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. If you have been in a country or territory on the: 

  • green list – you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 
  • amber list – you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take 2 COVID-19 tests* 
  • red list – you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests. You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.  

*From 2 August there are different rules for those who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and certain European countries.

You can find the latest rules for arrivals to the UK on the government website

Will I have to quarantine/self isolate on arrival?  

What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. Full guidance is available on the UK Government’s website.

If you are arriving from a country on the UK’s ‘Red List’: 

Before travel to the UK 

 On arrival in the UK you must: 

You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated. 

If you are arriving from a country on the UK’s ‘Amber List’: 

Full guidance is available on the UK Government’s website.

Before travel to the UK 

On arrival in the UK 

  • Quarantine for 10 days in the place you are staying (this will usually be your university accommodation)*.  
  • Take your two pre-booked COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 after you arrive* 

*From 2 August for arrivals from the USA and many EU countries there are exceptions to quarantine and some testing for those who are fully vaccinated. Read the full guidance on the UK government website.

If you are arriving from a country on the UK’s ‘Green List’: 

Before travel to the UK 

On arrival in the UK 

  • Take your pre booked COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after your arrival 
  • You do not need to quarantine 

 Healthcare in the UK 

The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care. When applying for your Student Visa, you will be required to pay an NHS surcharge of £470 per year for the duration the visa will be granted.  

The surcharge gives international students the right to access the NHS services in the same way as UK citizens. This includes appointments to see a doctor or at the hospital and the Covid vaccination programme. You may need to pay for dental and medicines or optician appointments. There are also exceptions for discretionary treatments.  

You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in Norwich. 

COVID-19 vaccinations

International students in England and the rest of the UK aged 18 or over can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Whilst registration with a GP is encouraged to access the COVID-19 vaccine, you will also be able to request to book a vaccination appointment as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

If I haven’t been vaccinated, will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in England if I want one?

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

Read the COVID-19 vaccination FAQS for students in Higher Education Institutions.

Do I need to be vaccinated to come to study in England?

Vaccination is not currently a requirement for entry into the UK. We encourage all international students to receive a vaccine, either in a different country before arriving for term, or in the UK once they arrive.

Whether you have been vaccinated or not, it is vital that you look at the relevant travel advice to avoid any problems at the border.

What if I have received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, but need to have my second in the UK?

If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the government advice to healthcare practitioners.

Who can I contact for more information about life as an international student at NUA? 

Our International Team are here to help—from now until you graduate and beyond! If you have any questions, please just call or email: 

Call: +44 (0) 1603756249 


WhatsApp: +44 7735824637 

Last updated 16/07/2021

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