Coronavirus information for prospective International students

Coronavirus advice for staff and students

This page was updated on 16/09/2020

We have created this page for all of our prospective international students and offer holders who want to study at the University of Salford in 2020/21. Whether you are interested in applying, have already applied or have an offer to study with us, we understand you may have concerns regarding the global outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid19).

We are working hard to find solutions to concerns that you may be facing. We will keep this page updated with answers to your frequently asked questions, and give you the latest advice as the situation develops.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and partners is our number one priority. So, we are taking advice from the UK government, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and taking the necessary steps to keep our vibrant community safe.

We are aware of fake news reports being circulated on social media. Please ignore these fake reports and instead keep checking our advice on this page and on our official social media channels for the latest information. 

As well as Prospective International Students FAQs found below, you can also find information at:

Find our latest advice for prospective international students below, this will include information about: 

  • The UK and the University of Salford’s response to COVID19 
  • Campus safety and changes to courses
  • General information
  • Academic requirements
  • English language requirements
  • Scholarships and discounts, tuition fee deposits 
  • CAS, ATAS, and Tier 4 Study Visas
  • Accommodation
  • International Travel and self-isolation
  • Welcome, registration and induction plans for students starting in Autumn 2020
  • Salford Education Technology Fund

You also find information about campus safety on this video from 21 July, and answers to your frequently asked questions by watching this recording of our live Q&A event from 4 June. Students in China can access these videos on Youku

FAQS FOR ALL PROSPECTIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & OFFER HOLDERS

About the UK's response to COVID19

What is the current situation in the UK concerning COVID19? Is it safe in the UK?

The UK Government asks citizens to stay alert to the threat of COVID-19, to avoid the spread of the virus and protect the NHS (National Health Service) and save lives.

This advice includes to stay at home as much as possible, work from home when possible, limit contact with other people, keep a 2-metre distance from other people where possible, and wash your hands regularly.

It is also a legal requirement to wear a face-covering on public transport and shops in England. 

On arrival in the UK, travellers from some countries are required to provide their journey and contact details and self-isolate for 14 days.

The restrictions are being eased in England in a manner which is safe, cautious and in accordance with the plan.

In some areas, including in Greater Manchester, local restrictions have been put in place where reports of the virus are higher. Shops, cafes and restaurants remain open, but citizens are asked to abide by the following rules:

  • You cannot meet people from other households in your home or garden. Household support bubbles (groups) are exempt
  • You cannot visit someone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside of the affected areas
  • You can only go to pubs, bars and restaurants with people you live with or your support bubble.
  • Up to two households (or six people from a number of households) may meet outdoors in public space with social distancing (not in gardens)

For the latest information, about the local restrictions in Greater Manchester visit the Government website.

For more information about the restrictions across the UK, please check the official Government guidance.

What is the response from the UK Higher Education Sector?

The Education and Universities Ministers of the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK), England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland wrote a letter to prospective international students looking to study in the UK on 22 June. You can read the letter addressed to international student here.

You can also view a letter which has been written to all UK universities from the UK government, which outlines the latest support and updates regarding visas. Read the letter here.

Safety on campus and changes to courses

How will teaching take place safely from September?
Please be reassured that providing our students with a hands-on, practical learning experience is something we strongly value at Salford. We aim to give you as much of a normal campus experience as possible, whilst keeping within government safety guidelines. Whilst in September, things will not be exactly as they once were, we are striving to create an environment that ensures your safety whilst maintaining that hands-on learning environment.

Timetabling whilst ensuring physical distancing is a big challenge for all universities and we want to get this right for you.

Below is a list of the safety measures we have put into place on campus for September - January, which is in accordance with the current government guidelines:

  • Large lectures and seminars will be online, you’ll be able to watch these sessions live or at a time that suits you. Alongside this there’ll be discussion opportunities where you can ask questions and interact with your lecturers and other students, combined with on-campus smaller face-to-face sessions to talk through and test your understanding and carry out practical work.
  • We will provide you with a face covering at the start of term, and there may be circumstances where staff / students will be expected to wear them but we will give you specific details closer to September.
  • Hand sanitiser stations at the entrance to all buildings
  • Changes to use of lifts/elevators – only one person at a time should use them, with the option to use the stairs
  • One way routes round the buildings
  • Signage to indicate how to move around the buildings safely
  • Socially distanced seating within classrooms

>> Watch this video to discover more about our plans for teaching and learning and campus safety (updated 21 July). Students in China can access this video on Youku

How will my course be affected?
To comply with government safety guidelines, such as social distancing and travel restrictions, we have had to make some adjustments to some of our courses. For example, this may include some lectures being taught online, changes to how you will access facilities, or adjustments to planned field trips.

For more information on how undergraduate courses have been affected, visit the Undergraduate course changes page.

For more information on how postgraduate courses have been affected, visit the Postgraduate course changes page.

We will be communicating about the changes to postgraduate courses shortly. 
 

Can I use the library safely?

You’ll still be able to take books out but you won’t be able to browse shelves. There are also one way routes in and out of the building.

You’ll be able to loan laptops and we are just planning the measures for cleaning these safely 

Our Library is a massive online national and international resource. This means you can access books wherever you are and whenever you need them.

Will there be places I can get food and drink on campus?
All of our shops and food outlets will be open, but there will be policies in place to ensure your safety. This includes screens at the checkouts and staff wearing face covers (they will still be smiling behind them!).

We will also be encouraging students to make payments through bank cards and self-scan services.

There will be seating arrangements which follow safety guidelines, and we will be asking students to clear their own food away after eating in our cafes. 

There will also be heightened cleaning regimes taking place in all of our outlets.

How can I access other facilities safely, such as the Students Union?
The Students’ Union’s café and bar will be reopening, with some changes; you will need to pay on card for everything and not use cash. You’ll order via an app and won’t need to queue for service.

You will also need to leave your details to comply with govt track and trace - a safety measure to help avoid the spread of the virus. See more information here.

All the student societies, peer activities, advice and wellbeing services will be open, albeit a little more virtual at first.

As gyms are set to reopen in the UK soon, we are now speaking to staff to work out the details for safe opening.

General information

What is the start date for courses in 2020-21?
The University of Salford’s academic year 2020-21 will start on 28th September 2020. For those starting in September, we have lots planned to help you settle in to your studies and your new home.

In August, we will send you everything you need to know about how to register as a student, and how to take part in our exciting Welcome Week and induction activities which will help you make friends and get started with your studies. See more information further down this page.

There are also alternative intakes for our postgraduate courses in 2020/21, see the list of these on our alternative intakes page.

If I am not able to arrive in time for the start date, what are my options?  
 
1 You may be able to arrange a late arrivals date
Please contact the International Office,
salford-international@salford.ac.uk, with your name, university ID (which starts @00) or UCAS number, course of study and email for advice. 

2 You may be able to defer to an alternative start date
If you are having problems arriving in September, and a late arrivals date is not available, you may be able to defer to a new start date.
A number of our postgraduate taught programmes are available in November, January, March and June. See the list of these on our 
alternative intakes page.
Please contact the International Office, salford-international@salford.ac.uk, with your name, university ID (which starts @00) or UCAS number, course of study and email for advice. 

Support in your country
Our in-country representatives and education consultants are working from home and still able available to support you with advice and guidance. Please find their contact details on your country page, within this section of the website

 

Academic requirements

I have questions about the documents needed for my offer of admission.
Please contact the Admissions Officer contact on your offer letter for any questions on your offer of admissions.

 

English language requirements

I have an offer for a bachelor’s / master's degree and have a condition to pass an English language qualification. Due to COVID19 disruption, I am unable to take the UKVI IELTS. Do you accept any other English language qualifications?
For entry to our degree programmes (and courses above degree level) the University of Salford accepts a number of English Language qualifications, which can be accepted for entry to your degree and used for apply for a Tier 4 visa. Please go to English language requirements to find out more.

I have an offer for an International Foundation Year and have a condition to pass an English language qualification. Due to COVID19 disruption, I am unable to take the UKVI IELTS. Do you accept any other English language qualifications?  
For entry to our International Foundation Year, because it is below degree level, you must have a Secure English Language Test, such as a UKVI IELTS in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa.   
This is a requirement of the Home Office and cannot be changed by the University of Salford. Visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) website, the Pearson Test of English website or the LanguageCert website for more information on tests and how to book.

Scholarships, discounts and tuition fee deposit

Do you offer any scholarships for international students? 
Yes. Over the past five years, we have awarded more than £5 million in scholarships and bursaries to support high-achieving international students. You could be a scholarship award winner. Find out more at https://beta.salford.ac.uk/international/scholarships  
 
I have a scholarship offer for the June 2020 intake, but I have deferred to September 2020. Will my scholarship offer still be valid?  

Yes. Your scholarship offer will be automatically deferred to September 2020 and we look forward to welcoming you.  

I have a scholarship offer for the September intake, but I have deferred to January 2021. Will my scholarship offer still be valid?  
Yes. Your scholarship offer will be automatically deferred to January 2021 and we look forward to welcoming you. 
 
Do you offer any discounts from the tuition fee? 
Yes. If you choose to pay in full, we offer a prompt payment discount of 3% on the net fee remaining after any scholarship has been applied.  
If you pay your tuition fees in full, you are advised to pay the net amount minus the 3% discount before you apply for your CAS as this can show positively on your visa application.  
 
I have an offer and I have paid my tuition fee deposit to start in September 2020. However, due to concerns on COVID19 I would prefer not to travel and study away from home. What are my options? 
You have the option to defer to the next intake. However, the University of Salford understand the changing position of COVID19 and should you be unable to continue with your application for courses in 2020/21 due to any COVID19 concerns, your tuition fee deposit will be refundable before you confirm for your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). Please send an email to applications@salford.ac.uk  including your name, student ID number, course you have applied for and state if you would like to defer your offer or request a refund of your deposit.   

 

CAS, ATAS, and Tier 4 Study Visas

Are Visa Offices open for applications? 
For updates to the status of Visa Application Centres contact: 

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

Please be aware, ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. You should contact your local Visa Application Centre to find out the latest status.

If you are unable to apply for your visa for this intake, you may be able to defer to a new start date.
A number of our postgraduate taught programmes are available in November, January, March and June.
Please contact the International Office,
salford-international@salford.ac.uk, with your name, university ID (which starts @00) or UCAS number, course of study and email for advice.  

 
Can you issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)? 
Once you have fulfilled your academic conditions and paid your deposit, the CAS team will contact you to start the CAS process.

I need an ATAS. How do I apply?
You must apply to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme  
Applications are now being accepted and there is up to a 30 day wait so please make your application as soon as possible to meet the conditions of your offer.

When will there be any more details on the new Graduate Immigration Route (post-study work visa)? 
The UK Government’s immigration update in April confirmed that a new graduate immigration route will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021. You’ll be able to work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years. You can find more information on the UK Governments factsheet; Graduate Immigration Route.

 

Accommodation

How can I find out about accommodation?
For support with booking accommodation, visit our accommodation page or contact the Accommodation team at askus-accommodation@salford.ac.uk

As of 26/8/2020 Campus Living Villages (CLV) has rooms available for undergraduate and postgraduate students at John Lester Court which can be viewed here.

As well as the University of Salford's accommodation partner, Campus Living Villages (CLV), there are other accommodation providers.
Tramways - (Sanctuary Student Homes): Tramways@sanctuary-students.com
Riverside House: info@portergatepm.com
IQ Student Accommodation: Studentquarter@IQstudent.com
Mears Group – Bramall Court: student.bramall@mearsgroup.co.uk
X1 The Campus & X1 Chapel Street: eleanor@x1management.com
Manchester Student Homes: manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk

Do I need to book accommodation before I travel?
You must book accommodation for the duration of your studies at the University of Salford before you travel, not just for your 14 day self-isolation period.

You must include the address of your accommodation on both your visa application and your Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
If you haven’t secured accommodation before you travel you must arrange temporary hotel accommodation. This list of
temporary accommodation might be helpful.

Here are a list of hotels which are now providing discounted services to students during their self isolation period, and the listed rates will be available until early November. You can select the dates you need to match with your flight arrivals, giving you more flexibility.

Ibis Manchester Centre – Princess Street

Rate:

Sep 2020 - £34.00 per night room only, £39 per night including breakfast – Based on single occupancy (Double rate £44 per night including breakfast)

Oct 2020 - £39.00 per night room only, £44.00 per night including breakfast – Based on single occupancy

Double occupancy rates available on request

To Book: Email: H3143@accor

You will need to provide a credit card to the hotel at time of booking to secure the room reservation.

Ibis Styles – Portland Street

Rate: £43 per night including breakfast

Book here.

You will need to provide a credit card to the hotel at time of booking to secure the room reservation.

Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre (Aytoun Street)

Rate: £59 per night including breakfast

Book here.

They are also offering a special offer.

You will need to provide a credit card to the hotel at time of booking to secure the room reservation.

I am travelling from a country where I will need to self-isolate (quarantine), can I self-isolate in my accommodation?
For information about self-isolation, please see the section below called “International travel, travelling from the airport and self-isolation".

International travel, travelling from the airport, and self-isolation

What should I consider in my travel plan to the UK?
Before you travel you must:

  • Review the latest government guidance
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form and bring a copy with you
  • Prepare for your self-isolation period, including accommodation and travel from the airpor
  • Bring a face mask and hand sanitise
  • Bring an international credit or debit card to avoid using cash and to use during your self-isolation period
  • Check your travel and health insurance

 How can I travel to the UK safely?
Before you travel, you should monitor the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.

You should also monitor the latest guidance in the UK.
Please refer to the UK Government – Entering the UK for more information.

Guidance and advice is subject to change, so it is important that you keep up to date throughout your international travel planning.

How can I travel by air to Manchester Airport in the UK?
When arranging your air travel, you should travel to Manchester Airport. This is the nearest airport to the University of Salford.
Airlines vary from country to country and more scheduled flights are becoming available including: British Airways, Virgin, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Hainan.

I am arriving in London, can I then travel to Manchester and then start my self-isolation?
Yes, you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport and it is recommended to arrange this as part of your international flight.

You would go through immigration in London, and then transfer on a connecting flight to Manchester.  Flights from London to Manchester are approximately 40 minutes. 

You should book the free taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester using the details of your arrival in Manchester. (See Travelling from Manchester Airport to your accommodation).

I am arriving in London, and I will need to stay overnight before my connecting flight to Manchester. Can I do this and then start my self-isolation in Salford?
You should aim to get a connecting flight as soon as possible. However, if you have a long connection time, the rules are that if it is necessary, and you have a long journey within the UK to arrive at your self-isolation accommodation, you can stop overnight in safe accommodation (for example, an airport hotel) before continuing your journey.

For example, if you arrive late at London Heathrow and your flight to Manchester is not until the next day you can stay in an airport hotel for one night, and then travel on to Manchester Airport and start your self-isolation/quarantine from Manchester.
You would need to book the airport hotel in advance and the price could be expensive so plan your budget accordingly.

You must go straight to your airport hotel, and you must not leave until you need to return to the airport for your connecting flight.

You must provide the address of the airport hotel on your Public Health Passenger Locator Form in addition to your declared accommodation address. So you would enter both addresses – the airport hotel, and your accommodation in Salford/Manchester.
 

How can I travel from the airport in the UK to my accommodation safely?

Travelling from Manchester Airport to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester  - If you are travelling into Manchester airport, you can get a free taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester.

To use this service you must book at least 72 hours in advance using the booking form on the Welcome site. You will need your University ID, flight details and accommodation address to complete the booking form.

Travelling from London or other airports  to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester - If you are travelling in London Heathrow or any other airport, you must book a connecting flight to Manchester Airport. You can arrange this connection on the same booking as your international flight.
You can then book a free taxi service to your accommodation or hotel from Manchester Airport.

Travelling from the airport when staying with friends or family in other cities outside Salford or Manchester - You should arrange for your friends or family to collect you by car. Your friends or family will not be allowed in the airport building, so please arrange to meet them at the car in the designated area.

You must wear a face covering in the airport, transport hubs and on public transport in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

Please remember, if the UK Government regulations require you to self-isolate you must go straight to your accommodation and not stop in any other place on the way. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. 

What are the rules for travelling to the UK?
If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK from any country, you must follow the UK Government rules for England

  • You must provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK using the Public Health Passenger Locator Form
  • You are not allowed to leave the place where you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK (known as ‘self-isolating’ / quarantine) unless you’re arriving from an exempt country.
  • You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.

What do I need to know about the Public Health Passenger Locator Form?
You must complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country.
The form includes your passport details, travel details, and the address you’ll be staying at for your first 14 days in the UK, and details of someone who can be contacted if you get ill while you’re in the UK.
You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK.

You will need to show the copy of the completed form, so print out copy and keep with your travel documents, or have it available on your phone.

Border Force officers will use the QR code at the top of the document to check you have completed the form successfully.
The government will use the information you give to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
If you need to self-isolate for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK, the government will also use the information to check that you’re self-isolating.

What do I need to know about self-isolating when I travel to the UK?
When you arrive in the UK, it is very important that you stay in your accommodation for 14 days. This is called self-isolation (quarantine).  
You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.

When you arrive in the UK, it is very important that you stay in your accommodation for 14 days. It can take up to 14 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms after you catch the virus and in this time you can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms.

During your self-isolation period time you won't be able to attend the University of Salford, see other people or leave your accommodation except for very limited reasons.
You should prepare for the self-isolation period in advance and read the UK Government advice.
 

Self-isolation (Quarantine) in your accommodation
You must book accommodation for the duration of your studies at the University of Salford  before you travel, not just for your 14 day self-isolation period.

You can self-isolate in your student accommodation, at a home of your family or friends, private accommodation (for example, a private house share) or hotel. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
Whatever your accommodation is for self-isolation, you should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window to the outside that can be opened, separate from other people.

Self-isolating at Campus Living Villages accommodation  - If you are staying within a Campus Living Villages (CLV) accommodation building, and you need to self-isolate, please contact CLV on salford@clvuk.com to arrange your two week self-isolation period.  Any student that has a contract with CLV will not have additional cost for any additional two weeks self-isolation period. Find more information on the CLV website.

Self-isolating in student accommodation - If you are staying in alternative purpose-built student rental accommodation, and you need to self-isolate, contact your accommodation provider before you travel. 
If you have already entered into a contract with your student accommodation provider then some are offering an extended stay for isolation free of charge.

Accommodation Providers
Tramways - (Sanctuary Student Homes): Tramways@sanctuary-students.com
Riverside House: info@portergatepm.com
IQ Student Accommodation: Studentquarter@IQstudent.com
Mears Group – Bramall Court: student.bramall@mearsgroup.co.uk
X1 The Campus & X1 Chapel Street: eleanor@x1management.com
Manchester Student Homes: manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk

Self-isolating when staying with friends and family - If you are staying with friends or family, you need to contact your friends or family before you travel to let them know you will be self-isolating for 14 days.  You should go straight to your accommodation from the airport.  
Even though you will be self-isolating for 14 days, your friends and family do not need to stay at home (unless they travelled with you).
Please remember, if you self-isolate with friends and family outside the Salford area you must ensure you have booked accommodation in the Salford area for after your self-isolation period. You will be expected to live within commutable distance from the University of Salford and failure to comply with this will result in your visa being withdrawn.

Self-isolating in private rental accommodation - If you need to self-isolate, and you are staying in a private flat or house, you need to contact your landlord before you travel to let them know you will be self-isolating for 14 days. Your landlord or flatmates may be able to tell you about the facilities in your accommodation, including internet access and local food shops with delivery options, which can help you prepare for your self-isolation period.
You must stay away from others who didn’t travel with you, so you should avoid shared spaces as much as possible, including kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.
For example, your room does not have to have a bathroom attached, but you should consider other people in the house and use the amenities at different times and keep all areas clean. You can read about self-isolating in shared (multi-occupancy) accommodation.

If you have any concerns, you should consider staying in a hotel for your self-isolation period for 14 days before taking up your accommodation. Depending on the start date of your signed contact, this will be an extra cost and you will need to budget for this. 

Self-isolating in hotel accommodation - If you need to self-isolate, and you are staying in a hotel or guesthouse, you need confirm with your hotel that you will be self-isolating for 14 days.
You must stay away from others who didn’t travel with you, so it’s important that you don’t use shared areas such as bars, restaurants, health clubs and sports facilities.

If I need to self-isolate, what support is available?
The University of Salford Students' Union is offering a buddy scheme for international students who need to self-isolate. This means you can benefit from the following:

  • You will be assigned a buddy who is a current international student at Salford to help you settle in to life in the UK and at Salford
  • Your buddy will call you by phone or video call to make sure you are ok and have everything you need
  • Your buddy will be able to give you advice, help get you access to supplies, tell you more about Salford or even just chat. All of our buddies are super friendly and are current international students - so having a buddy is a great way to make friends!

If you would like to sign up to the buddy scheme, please complete this form.

In addition to the buddy scheme, all our services are available to you during your self-isolation period.
askUS is here to help as your one-stop shop for student enquiries: online and over the phone. Find out how to contact our support services on the Student Hub.

Welcome, registration and induction plans for students starting in Autumn 2020

I am a new student starting in Autumn, how do I complete my registration and get started with my studies?
You can find all the information you need on our Welcome site. This tells you how to complete online registration, gives you more information about what you need to get started as well as the welcome and induction activities taking place this year.

Salford Education Technology Fund

I am unable to afford a laptop to use for induction and online learning, is there any support available?

We have introduced a new funding scheme, the Salford Education Technology Fund, which will see eligible students receive £300 to put towards the cost of a laptop or desktop computer to support them in their studies.

Applications will be prioritised based on considerations including the University of Salford's priority groups in the Access and Participation plan.

Check whether you are eligible for the Salford Education Technology Fund.

Need more support?

If you have any questions which aren’t covered here, please email our friendly international team at international@salford.ac.uk who will be able to support you. We will continue to add more frequently asked questions to this page as they are received.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and we are sending our support and well-wishes to everyone around the world.