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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and International Applicants

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

Your application

Yes, we will continue to accept applications regardless of where you are from or where you live.

We are doing everything we can to limit any impact coronavirus may have on current applications to study at the University of Bradford.

Our Admissions team is working hard to process all applications and provide a decision as soon as possible.

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

We accept IELTS or TOEFL English Languages tests.

You can see details on our requirements page.

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

Many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are offering limited services. 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

You can find more advice on our Visa support pages.

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

Travel restrictions are in place and are constantly changing 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.

Please check the ‘Will I be subject to travel restrictions or quarantine?’ guidance on our Arriving in the UK webpage.

Yes. From 15th January onwards, all students arriving in England will be asked to provide evidence of a qualifying negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of the date of travel.

Please check the ‘Will I be subject to travel restrictions or quarantine?’ guidance on our Arriving in the UK webpage for a summary of the latest guidance and links to the relevant UK government guidance on testing and how to book a test.

If you arrive in England without a pre-departure negative test result you will be fined.

All students travelling to the UK from an international departure point will need to self-isolate for 10 day upon arrival.

Where and how you need to self-isolate depends on which country you are arriving in the UK from.

For the latest information please check the ‘Will I be subject to travel restrictions or quarantine?’ guidance on our Arriving in the UK webpage.

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

We are currently reviewing the Pre-sessional English courses and will update applicants once a decision has been made.

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

If you are a prospective student that has an enquiry about a course you can email us on or call 01274 233081.

If you have already applied to study with us you can contact the admissions team by email on or call 01274 236088.

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

Studying at the University

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.

Please note, we may change the format of teaching sessions depending on the government guidelines at the time.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Yes, to reassure you and protect your health, social distancing measures will be in place across our campus, along with a range of other COVID-19 safety measures.

While some buildings, such as The Atrium and Library, will be open, socialising is not permitted at this time. Those visiting campus buildings must check what restrictions are in place before attending.