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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and International Applicants

Find answers about your application to the University of Bradford below.

General international applicant FAQs

There’s been a lot of uncertainty about how school closures and exam cancellations are going to affect pupils and this varies by country.

You can find out more by reviewing the UCAS guidance for the impact of COVID-19 on international qualifications. If you can’t find the qualification you are taking, it is best to check with the examining body who is awarding your qualification.

We understand that some students may have difficulties obtaining their transcripts or results during this period.

If our admissions team have requested a copy of your transcripts or results, you should send any documents that you currently have access to, even if this is not the most up-to-date information.

We will deal with all students in this situation on a case by case basis, taking into account the situation in your country. For further advice you can email

The centre you are entering with will submit a calculated grade which we will use to see if you meet the conditions of your offer. You can find out how your grade will be calculated from the Awarding grades for Cambridge International qualifications PDF factsheet.

Many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed or offering limited services. From 1 June 2020 some UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) will begin to open in a small number of locations, where local restrictions allow. For advice on visa services in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

This is the first phase of re-opening and we hope that more Visa Application Centres will open soon.

You can find more advice on our Visa support pages.

If you have an appointment and the Visa Application Centre is now closed, you’ll be contacted and told your appointment will not take place.

If you’ve paid for courier return, your passport will be returned if courier routes remain open.

If your passport is currently held in a VAC and you would like it to be returned by courier, please contact either TLS contact or VFS global directly if you haven’t already paid for courier return.

You can also contact the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline if you are concerned about your passport.

If you are unable to obtain a Visa due to COVID-19, the University will refund your deposit.

Travel restrictions may be imposed as the situation continues to evolve in areas affected by the virus.

All prospective international students are reminded to review advice from their government about travel restrictions.

The University is currently reviewing the Pre-sessional English course and we will be in contact with any applicants in due course.

We will be offering a pick-up service as usual which you can book by emailing

Some students from certain countries will need to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival into the UK, so we advise that you arrive two weeks before the start of your course if you need to isolate.

You can check which countries are exempt from self-isolation on the government Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors page.

Please note this information can change at short notice so we advise that you check it regularly for the latest updates.

Academic year 2020-21 - Teaching and learning

At Bradford, we want to ensure that you have an outstanding and vibrant learning experience. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all our lives, to do this means we have to adapt the way we deliver learning and teaching to ensure you can study and enjoy University life safely.

Blended learning basically means that you will have a mix – a ‘blend’ – of on-campus, in person delivery and online teaching and learning activities to engage with and participate in. We are working hard to make sure that we can deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can and the elements of your course that can be delivered safely in person will be. Our campus-based learning facilities (for example, laboratories, workshops, the library, and most of our classrooms) will be open, but with added safety measures to meet national safety guidelines. Find out more at our Teaching and Learning page.

All our programmes have to adapted to our blended teaching model in a way that best suits the subject and their students. For example, courses that require access to scientific laboratories or include placements, or require students to work in practice, all have distinctive needs that require distinctive approaches.

Most seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab-based sessions have been timetabled for in-person delivery. While these activities are being delivered in accordance with national guidance to make sure you are safe, they offer valuable opportunities to interact with other students and learn from your tutors. You will be expected to attend these on-campus sessions because we believe they are an essential part of your learning experience and a key part of our blended approach. If you are unable to attend campus for any reason, please visit our Support arrangements for students unable to come onto campus page.

At Bradford we will be using a variety of methods to support your learning online. At the heart of this will be Canvas, our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Through Canvas you will not only have access to Zoom and Microsoft Teams, but a whole range of specialist platforms, materials, and resources designed to help you learn effectively.

Some of your lectures may be ‘live’, that is to say delivered online to the whole group at a specific time. Others may be ‘captured’, (pre-recorded), and you will be able to engage with these at a time that suits you.

Some smaller group sessions may also be held online (seminars or tutorials, for example). This gives you the opportunity to work digitally with other students on particular tasks or assignments, as well as to discuss your ideas with your tutor. Similarly, you will have the opportunity to meet individually with your tutors to talk about your work, discuss your progress, and receive feedback on your assignments. Online learning is face-to-face too.

To supplement these ‘live’ sessions, you may be asked to engage with online educational materials (sometimes called learning objects or packages). These are pre-prepared resources uploaded to the VLE that you will be able to work through at a time and pace that suits you so that you can make sure you fully understand the content, ideas, concepts etc. before moving on to the next one.

We know that the experiences you gain from placements, work-based learning, and studying abroad are important and highly valued by you. Indeed, they are a fundamental component of many of our professionally accredited courses.

Given this, we are working with partner organisations and institutions to make sure placements in industry and opportunities to study abroad as part of your course go ahead as planned wherever possible. If this is not possible, we will discuss alternative or equivalent options.

As with our approach to teaching and learning, we have adopted a blended approach to assessment. Some of this will take place on campus (certain examinations, or lab exercises, for example) and some online (perhaps multiple-choice questions, or portfolios). And, of course, other assessments such as essays or dissertations will carry on as normal.

We are committed to delivering outstanding education to all our students while continuing to offer a campus-centred experience through a blended approach to learning. This means that all our courses will be delivered through a combination of educational technologies and face-to-face teaching on campus.

All of our programmes include small group settings, such as tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops, clinics and/or in laboratories. We will continue to deliver our programmes through these teaching activities and will always be guided by national safety guidelines to ensure students are able to benefit from a safe, personalised learning experience.

The on-campus learning opportunities form an important part of the programme and students will be required to engage with these to ensure that they can meet the learning outcomes. Therefore, studying entirely online will not be possible.  If you are unable to attend on campus for an extended period during the semester, you will have an opportunity to suspend your studies.

Yes, you can still apply for accommodation at The Green.  

The social spaces will not be as busy as they have been, but we aim to have some seated areas spaced out and adhering to social distancing guidelines, so that students can still come onto campus and enjoy taking a seat in the Atrium and other spaces around the university.

Yes, to reassure you and protect your health, social distancing measures will be in place across our campus, further details of which will be provided to students in due course.