Advice for international students

Students can currently travel to the UK to start/resume their studies, however the UK Government has introduced rules for those arriving to the UK, classifying countries as green (low-risk), amber (moderate-risk) or red (high-risk).

Please note, that final year students wishing to obtain a Graduate Route Visa must be in the UK by certain dates. For more information please visit our International Advice and Guidance pages here

You can also read this letter from Universities Minister for England Michelle Donelan MP (dated August 2021).

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Further information for new and returning international students can be found on our International Advice and Guidance webpages and we recommend you read Our plans for teaching 2021/22 webpages.

Travelling to the UK

Below you'll find an overview of what you must do before and after you arrive in the UK – however, full details can be found on the Government webpages for what to do if you have been in greenamber or red countries or territories. These lists are likely to change, and it’s important to check the latest guidance and find out which list your country is on, before travelling.

Please note, there are different testing and quarantine requirements for those travelling from an amber-list country who have been fully vaccinated in the USA or Europe. Full details are available on the Government webpages

For those arriving from red- and amber-list countries (aside from exemptions as above), when you arrive in the UK, you will not be allowed to leave the place where you’re staying for the first 10 days. This is known as self-isolating or quarantining.

During this time you may receive a visit from someone from Mitie, a company employed by the government to make sure you are complying with your legal duty to self-isolate. The staff will be wearing NHS Test and Trace uniforms. They will identify themselves verbally and present an ID card with information including their name, role and employer.

Action to completeGreenAmberRed
Before arrival in the UK
Complete a passenger locator form Yes Yes Yes
Pre-departure COVID-19 test Yes Yes Yes
Book and pay for tests (to be taken after arrival)  Yes Yes Yes
Book and pay for a hotel quarantine package No No Yes
After arrival in the UK
Quarantine at a managed hotel No No Yes for 10 days
Quarantine at own accommodation

No 

Yes for 10 days N/A
Test to release (please note, this must be booked before travelling)  N/A Yes on day 5 after arrival No
COVID-19 test Yes on day 2 Yes on day 2 and 8 Yes on day 2 and 8

In addition to the above, any children (anyone under the age of 18 when they arrive in the UK) travelling from a red list country will need to quarantine with their parent or a nominated guardian. More information can be found here.

Travel information and quarantine support

We know that you may have concerns about travelling to the UK for your studies especially given the increased challenges and costs you may face. To help support you and ensure your safe arrival, we have developed the following guidance and measures for students joining us this autumn, based on where you are arriving from. 

Support for students arriving from a ‘RED’ list country

In addition to the below, please also read this document from the Department for Education, which includes FAQs for students travelling from a red-list country. 

Please note: if you booked a quarantine hotel when your country was on the red list but it has moved to amber at the time you trave, you can get a full refund directly from the quarantine hotel provider. Students should request their refund directly via the online booking hub.

Travel and hotel booking information

Before travelling to the UK you will need to book and pay for your quarantine package (hotel, transfer from the airport, tests etc). You can do this online. If you experience any difficulty booking through the booking portal, please phone +44 (0)20 7429 9732. You should visit the Government website for full details about where you can fly into, the location of the hotels and how to get from the airport to your hotel safely. You should look to book your managed quarantine package and flight simultaneously to avoid any discrepancy.

Currently, if arriving from a red-list country and required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, you can’t fly into either of our nearest airports (Liverpool or Manchester). The list of entry points may change, however please see the current list of approved ports of entry on the Government webpages.

Transport from the airport to your hotel is included in your quarantine package. You will be met at the approved port of entry and taken by coach to your hotel. Following the conclusion of your stay, you can be transported back to the port of entry OR choose to make your own way from the hotel to the University.

Practical support while isolating 

When you arrive at the managed quarantine hotel you will be required to quarantine in your room for 10 days. Here is some information about the services provided within your quarantine hotel package, however, for full details about what to expect please see the Government webpages.  

  • Meals: As part of your paid quarantine package, the hotel will provide your meals. The hotels selected for managed quarantine are able to meet the vast majority of requirements and will be able to accommodate dietary requirements.
  • Deliveries: If you have items delivered to you during the quarantine period (such as food deliveries), they will be brought to the door of your room by the managed quarantine hotel staff.
  • Services available in your hotel: The hotel will provide you with information about the other services available, including laundry and free Wi-Fi.
  • Medical care and prescriptions: You should bring your prescription medicines with you. You will be able to access NHS healthcare via 111 (or your normal GP) to seek medical attention, including for repeat prescriptions and/or if you need to fill a prescription. Please inform the medical staff at the hotel on arrival if you anticipate any issues.

Once you arrive, please also inform the University that you are isolating by updating the Covid-19 Self-Isolation Form. By letting us know you are isolating, we are then able to reach out and offer you support, even though you are not on campus. 

We will be creating a dedicated online programme of support and activities for you to access remotely while quarantining. This programme will focus on the following elements:

  • Physical and mental wellbeing: Access a timetable of hand-picked, high and lower intensity physical workouts, meditation and relaxation sessions that are all suited to being undertaken in small spaces with no equipment needed.
  • Group engagement: A range of online sessions to allow you to connect with other students and the Liverpool community from the day you arrive; for example, virtual opportunities to meet others isolating, afternoon tea and chat, Netflix parties and online games.
  • Support: You'll have direct access to our support services for anytime you need advice or someone to talk to, including a daily 'Tea and chat' session hosted by our Student Ambassadors. 

You'll receive information about this online programme after your arrival. 

Support for students arriving from an ‘AMBER’ list country

Please note: if you booked a quarantine hotel when your country was on the red list but it has moved to amber at the time you trave, you can get a full refund directly from the quarantine hotel provider. Students should request their refund directly via the online booking hub.

Travel and arrival support

If you’re travelling from an amber list country you can arrive into any UK airport, however we’d recommend arriving into Manchester Airport, wherever possible, to minimise the onward travel required to get to Liverpool. Please remember, you should avoid flights with stopovers in red-list countries and territories as you will not be able to arrive into Manchester Airport and you will also be required to follow the rules for red-list arrivals

After arriving in the UK, you should go straight to the place you’ll be staying to quarantine.

If you use public transport after arriving, you should follow these safety precautions to prevent the risk of spreading the virus.

Testing support

Before you arrive in the UK you will need to book and pay for two COVID-19 tests to be taken on your second and eighth day after arrival in England.

You can purchase your test package on the UK Government webpages, or use our preferred supplier BioGrad Diagnostics. For those quarantining in our halls of residence, BioGrad are also offering a postage discount code UOLSHIP for the courier service to return your test sample from halls to the BioGrad laboratories. 

Test packages may include a test as part of the test to release scheme to end quarantine early. Find out how the test to release scheme works.

Accommodation support

You should make sure to arrange where you’ll be quarantining ahead of travelling to the UK, this can be in University-owned, or private accommodation in Liverpool.

If you have applied for University-owned accommodation (halls), you will be able to stay in your hall for the duration of your isolation period. Your stay will be free of charge from 4 September 2021 until the start date of your Student Accommodation Licence. You will be invited to confirm your arrival date and details once you have accepted your Student Licence; please keep checking your emails regularly to ensure you do not miss the survey.

If you’ve chosen to self-isolate in private rented accommodation please speak with your provider as they can supply information to help support students arriving from amber-list countries.

Practical support while isolating

Once you arrive, please inform the University that you are isolating by updating the Covid-19 Self-Isolation Form. By letting us know you are isolating, we are then able to reach out and offer you support, even though you are not on campus. 

Support in halls

  • Bedding/kitchen packs: For students staying in halls, we have teamed up with Uni Kit Out to deliver all the items you need to make your stay comfortable ready for your arrival, including bedding and kitchen packs. You can place an order prior to your arrival, but only after you have accepted an accommodation offer and know which hall you’ll be living in. The deadline to submit your order for guaranteed delivery before your quarantine arrival is 28 August. To order visit https://www.unikitout.com/ and save 10% by using discount code LIVERPOOL10. At check out, enter your room number if you have it, otherwise, just select your hall address. You must also include your Student ID at check out so we can ensure you receive your package upon arrival.
  • Meals: For a sub-fee (£8.50 per day) you can also order three meals per day for throughout your quarantine period. You’ll receive a six-day dry pack of food consisting of a range of breakfast and lunch items as well as sweet and savoury snacks and drinks, as well as chilled or frozen freshly made evening meals from our catering team on campus. Dietary requirements are taken into account, including allergies, vegan/vegetarian options and halal. Once you have accepted your accommodation offer, you will be invited to order your meals from our daily menu. You will then receive a link to pay for your meals once you have arrived into our accommodation.
  • Deliveries: If you have essential items delivered to you during the quarantine period (such as food or medical deliveries), they will be brought to your flat by our halls team.

Support in private accommodation

For students staying in private accommodation, the University is looking at ways we can support you even though you aren’t on campus and further details will be sent to students when you arrive. For now, please take a look at our International Advice and Guidance pages, including this ‘Tips for online shopping’ guide.

Support for all students

We will also be creating a dedicated online programme of support and activities for you to access remotely while quarantining. This programme will focus on the following elements:

  • Physical and mental wellbeing: Access a timetable of hand-picked, high and lower intensity physical workouts, meditation and relaxation sessions that are all suited to being undertaken in small spaces with no equipment needed.
  • Group engagement: A range of online sessions to allow you to connect with other students and the Liverpool community from the day you arrive; for example, virtual opportunities to meet others isolating, afternoon tea and chat, Netflix parties and online games.
  • Support: You’ll have direct access to our support services for anytime you need advice or someone to talk to, including a daily ‘Tea and chat’ session hosted by Student Ambassadors.

You'll receive information about this online programme after your arrival. 

Support for students arriving from a ‘GREEN’ list country

Before you arrive in the UK you will need to book and pay for a COVID-19 test to be taken on your second day after arrival in England.

You can purchase your test on the UK Government webpages, or use our preferred supplier BioGrad Diagnostics

If you have applied for University-owned accommodation (halls), as we anticipate there may be limited flights available, you will be able to stay in your hall free of charge from 4 September 2021 until the start date of your Student Accommodation Licence. You will be invited to confirm your arrival date and details once you have accepted your Student Licence; please keep checking your emails regularly to ensure you do not miss the survey.

The University will be offering an Airport Transfer Service to meet students at Manchester Airport. Further details about this service are available here

Covid-19 vaccinations

All those aged 16 and over, including international students, are eligible for the UK’s free vaccination scheme offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will need to be registered with a GP before you can get your vaccination, or any medical treatment, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible if you haven’t already, to avoid potential delays. You can register with our local practice here.  

You can book online via the NHS website or check out local drop in clinics (which do not require GP registration) on the CCG website.

Start dates

Unless you are notified otherwise directly by your department about an earlier start date, the academic year will start on-campus on Monday, 27 September. You should make every effort to arrive on campus in time to complete any required period of quarantine or isolation ahead of this date. 

With this being said, although we are not planning an online option, we do appreciate that for visa or flight reasons, some students will find it difficult to get to the UK to have completed any required isolation or quarantine by 27 September and, where possible, some provision will be made to support students online for the first few weeks of teaching.

Unless you have heard otherwise directly from your department, listed below by subject area are the latest dates by which students are required to be on-campus to start classes in-person. Students are reminded that they should allow enough time to arrive and complete their isolation by the date listed.

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

All clinical programmes; Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Health Sciences

  • Late arrival not expected to be possible. Further guidance from your School may be available.

School of Life Sciences 

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

School of Psychology

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Management School

  • All undergraduate programmes should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October)
  • All postgraduate taught programmes should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 7 (8 November).

School of the Arts, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, School of Law and Social Justice

  • All programmes, all years should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemistry

  • Years 1, 2, 4 and MSc level: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 1 (27 September). 
  • Year 3:  Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 3 (11 October).

Computer Science

  • All programmes, all years should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Electrical Engineering and Electronics

  • Year 1: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).
  • Year 2: Students (excluding XJTLU 2+2) should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 2 (4 October).
  • Year 2: XJTLU students should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).
  • Year 2: XJTLU students who did not study at XJTLU in 2020-21, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 2 (4 October).
  • Year 3 and 4: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 2 (4 October).
  • PGT level: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

School of Engineering

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

School of Environmental Sciences

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 3 (11 October).

Mathematical Sciences

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Physics

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

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