Arriving in the UK
At the current time, the UK government advice is not to travel to the UK unless it is strictly necessary, and most courses are currently being taught online. The University will keep students updated regarding teaching delivery in line with government advice.
Once you have received your visa, you may wish to begin planning your journey to the UK. We realise there is a lot to consider, particularly at the moment. Please see our New Students page for a lot of helpful information about your first steps as a new student at the University of Bradford.
We have also included some answers to questions particular to international students below. If you cannot find the answer to your questions here, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any visa or immigration questions or email@example.com with any questions about your arrival and living in the UK.
Please also join our International Students Facebook Group for up-to-date information about events going on in the university and opportunities to meet other international students. Most of the international student events are currently virtual, but when possible in-person events are taking place.
Information specifically for current students can be found on our Sharepoint site.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is very important to check all the guidance regarding travel to the UK from your home country before you arrange your travel. The UK government has a red, amber and green system in place, so the rules you need to follow upon arrival will depend on the country you are travelling from. The updated lists can be found here.
Prior to travelling to the UK, you will need to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test (effective from 15 January 2021) as per the information here and from an approved test centre (within 72 hours of the date of travel). Everyone will also need to complete a passenger locator form before travelling. From the 15 February 2021, you will also need to book a test package which includes Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine as per the guidance here.
From the 15 February 2021, anyone arriving from a country on the 'red list' will need to complete a 10 day quarantine in a hotel, booked via the government system. Please read the information here carefully for details and fees. If your country is on the red list, UKCISA has some helpful FAQs which can be found here.
The government has declared that visitors to the UK from those on the 'amber' list will have to isolate for 10 days upon arrival to the UK. If your country is not on the 'red list' you can also isolate for a shorter period if you wish to pay for a private Covid-19 test on or after the 5th day and receive a negative result, please see the guidance here. Those travelling from green lists will still need to book a test upon arrival but do not need to isolate. These list are subject to change, so please double check the lists before making plans and travelling to the UK.
All prospective international students are also reminded to review advice from their government about travel restrictions. The current UK government guidance is not to travel unless necessary, and for most courses, teaching is currently online.
If you have just arrived, you may need to quarantine for 10 days - please check the government guidance. Once in quarantine you should only leave to get food essentials or medical attention. You can organise for food to be delivered through websites such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and Just Eat; or from supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda or Tesco which deliver groceries.
If you can't leave quarantine, are self-isolating because you don't feel well, or haven't been able to arrange for British currency or a British bank account, you can contact the University for support with food by filling in this form.
We can enrol you once you have received your visa and completed your online pre-enrolment. Please email your visa to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can then complete your enrolment, giving you full access to online resources so you can begin your course. You must send evidence of your visa by the latest start date for your course.
If you have already arrived in the UK, we will need a copy of your stamped travel visa and the letter you received from the Home Office outlining the details of your visa for our records. If you are in the UK and require your BRP, please email email@example.com so we can make relevant arrangements.
Please see the New Students page for information on how to access your timetable and choose your modules once you have enrolled.
We will invite you to see our team in-person for ID and document checks once you are in the UK and it is safe to do so. At the current time, most courses will be taught online until the 26 March 2021 and you should not travel to the UK unless it is necessary for you to do so.
If you need to register with police, it should say this on your visa or in the letter that comes with your visa. This requirement is country-specific, and you can find the list of countries required to register here.
You should complete the online registation with police within 7 days, and then follow instructions for making an in-person appointment. The in-person appointments may be suspended during national lockdown. If you are quarantining, you do not physically have to register within 7 days, but should still do the online registration. If you haven't collected your BRP because you are quarantining, you can use the information from your entry vignette and update this later.
Once you have an appointment for in-person registration you will need:
- your BRP
- proof of address
- your CAS statement (an online copy is fine)
- your passport
- £34 payable via debit or credit card only
When you receive your certificate you must keep it updated with changes in visa conditions, UK address, or marital status. If you have any questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you receive your travel visa, you will also receive a letter with further details about your BRP. This letter states that you will need to collect your BRP with 10 days of arriving in the UK.
Please be aware that this is the standard Home Office letter and has not been updated to take into account the new quarantine rules. At the moment you DO NOT have to collect your BRP within the standard 10 days. Please do not break your quarantine by coming onto campus to collect your BRP.
If your BRP is being delivered to the university, we will schedule an appointment for you to collect your BRP following your quarantine period. If you are due to collect your BRP from the Post Office, please wait until after your quarantine is over to collect it. You will need to bring yuor collected BRP to your enrolment appointment.
The attendance requirements for your visa remain the same. You are still expected to engage with your studies, whether they are online or in person. If you are unsure about how your attendance is being monitored, you will need to check with your personal tutor or programme leader.
The university will be offering a blended approach to learning, which will allow a combination of online and face-to-face delivered teaching. Teaching methods will change to follow the current government restrictions, but when possible in-person events are being held. This means that international students are expected to be on campus for some of their classes and will need access to on-campus resources. We highly recommend that you live an easily commutable distance from campus.
Once you arrive in the UK you may find it useful to open a UK bank account. To do this you will normally require:
- your BRP
- your passport
- a letter of introduction to the bank (which you can request from email@example.com - you must know which bank you wish to open an account with first)
- proof of address such as a lease agreement
If you want to get started on the process whilst you are quarantining, you might want to start your application online, or consider opening an account with an online bank. There are several 'online only' banks that will require less evidence for you to open an account.
When you consider which bank to open an account with, ask what fees they charge (if any), how quickly you can open your account and how quickly you will receive your bank card.
If you are here on a Student Visa you will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge, which gives you access to NHS services. We would recommend that you register with Bradford Student Health Centre in order to have access to a doctor when you require medical advice. The link to register is here.
You may also choose to register with a GP who is closer to your accommodation, if there is one more convenient to you. You do not need a NHS number to register. For some NHS services, you may be asked to show your BRP card to demonstrate your right to NHS care.
If you wish to travel outside the UK during vacation periods it is very important that you check the travel guidance of your destination country and the UK travel guidance on returning from that country (see the earlier section on travel guidance and restrictions).
The UK government does not recommend going on holiday to countries on the amber or red list. If you visit a country on the green list, some requirements are still in place such as mandatory PCR Covid-19 testing with a negative result within 72 hours of your return trip and testing in the UK once you arrive.