Coronavirus information for prospective International students

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This page was updated on 10/09/2021

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 2021/22

We will keep this page updated with answers to your frequently asked questions.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and partners is our number one priority. So, we are continuing to follow the guidance of the UK government, Public Health England and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development 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. 

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

    • The UK and the University of Salford’s response to COVID-19 
    • Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake
    • Vaccinations for international students
    • International travel and entering the UK
    • Travelling from or through a Red list country
    • Travelling from or through an Amber list country
    • Travelling from or through a Green list country
    • Support – Government Quarantine Hotel for Red List countries
    • Airports and travelling to your accommodation
    • Prepare for self-isolation (quarantine)
    • Test to Release scheme to reduce self-isolation days
    • Information for students who started in January, February, March, and June
    • Teaching and facilities
    • English language requirements
    • Tuition fee deposit, scholarships, discounts
    • CAS, ATAS, and Student Route Visas
    • Accommodation
    • Resources for your safety

     

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

    • International Offer Holder Hub – explore what life at Salford is like to help you make your decision, and to understand your next steps. Find information on funding your course, get a glimpse of where you could choose to live in your first year, and speak to some of our current students.
    • Current Student Hub – if you are a current international student please refer to the advice on the Student Hub.
    • Welcome website - for new students you can find information about your timetable, welcome and induction activities, information on registration/visas and what to bring with you.
    FAQS FOR ALL PROSPECTIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & OFFER HOLDERS

    The UK and the University of Salford’s response to COVID-19 

    What is the current situation in the UK concerning COVID-19? 

    You can find out the latest information by visiting the UK Government website.

    While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This includes keeping in place key protections including:

    • Maintaining good hygiene including frequent hand washing
    • Testing when you have symptoms
    • Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace
    • Self-isolation after travelling based on whether your are travelling from or through a red or amber list country
    • Recommendations to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport

    All registered students are advised to check for updates in their student email, the Student Hub, and social media. You can also contact your School Office for questions about your programme of study, or askUS for questions about support services.

    You can find a letter from England's Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, which welcomes new international students and explains what you can expect in the academic year 2021-22.

    Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake

    You must have completed registration, travel and arrive on campus as per the dates below.

     Important dates

    Recommended travel to the UK date

     

    From 1 August as soon as you have your visa

    *If you are travelling and are required to self-isolate/quarantine you must ensure that you arrive in time so you can complete 10 days quarantine before you are required to be on campus for your induction and teaching activities.

    Online registration starts

    16 August - You must complete registration as soon as you have your CAS

    Right to study checks
     

    16 August to 20 September

    University and programme induction activities

    20 September

    Teaching begins

    27 September  

    Arriving in the UK after the 20 Sep – HEALTH STUDENTS Student on Health courses with labs/clinical placements – You MUST arrive on time to be through quarantine and on campus by 20th September.
    If you are concerned that you will not be through quarantine by 20th September, please contact us so we can alert your Programme Leader and you can discuss options.
    Arriving in the UK after the 20 Sep – ALL STUDENTS (except Health students) 

    All students (except those on health courses with labs/clinical placements) – You MUST arrive on time to be through quarantine and on campus by 20th September.
    There may be exceptional circumstances where you will not be quarantine by 20th September.

    There might be exceptional circumstances where you can’t complete quarantine by the 20th of September. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options.
    Depending on your programme, your School may be able to support your late arrival up until the 10th October if you qualify for late arrival, as below. Please contact us so we can alert your Programme Leader and you can discuss options.

    To qualify for a late arrival:

    • You must have permission from your School and Programme Leader – not all courses can support late arrivals.
    • You must have completed registration.

      Complete this self-isolation form and Salford students can chat to you during your self-isolation. Our peer support volunteers are friendly, good listeners, and can help you with practical issues.

    • You should have a laptop or device with you to follow the online learning.
    • You must have downloaded the learning app Blackboard and Teams so you can follow the learning material online.
    • You must remember to check your timetable and ensure that you attend all online sessions available.
    • You must communicate through your Salford student email (@edu.salford.uk) which you receive after you complete registration. Important messages will be sent to your Salford student email only which you must respond to.
    • You must confirm with your School the date that you will be arriving on-campus.
    • When you arrive in the UK, you must register with the University as self-isolating, which will ensure you receive support from another student during your quarantine.

    REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules before you travel with your home government, and the UK Government’s RED, AMBER and GREEN list rules for entering the UK.

    For questions about your programme of study, your School Office team are happy to help

    School

    Contact details

    All Schools Phone +44 (0) 161 295 5338

    Salford Business School

    Email = SBS-Hub@salford.ac.uk,
     

    School of Science, Engineering and Environment

    Email =  SEESchoolEnquiries@salford.ac.uk,
     

    School of Health and Society

    Email = HealthSociety-School-Reception@salford.ac.uk
     

    School of Arts, Media & Creative Technology

     

    Email = am-admin@salford.ac.uk

     

    For questions about everything outside of your studies, including questions on accommodation, visa compliance/BRP, information on how to obtain a national insurance number, letters to support opening a bank account, the askUS team is happy to help -

    Student support team - askUS

    Visit the Student Hub and FAQs
    Email = askUS@salford.ac.uk
    Telephone =  0161 295 0023 from inside the UK
    or +44 161 295 0023 from outside the UK

     

    Vaccinations for international students

    Where can I find more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for students?
    You can find the information published by NHS England on 18 June 2021 - COVID-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education - and on the Education Hub.
    General information is available for registered students on the Student Hub.

    Do I need a vaccine before I travel to England?
    If you are able to, you are strongly encouraged to have a vaccine before you travel to protect yourself and other travellers. Some countries are actively promoting vaccinations to students who are going overseas.

    There may be different rules in your country. You should check your home Government on rules about vaccinations and testing for leaving your home country.
    You should also check with your travel agent as different airlines have different rules on travel.

    Are international students eligible for the vaccination in England?
    Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

    Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?
    Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.
    International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud.
    More information on COVID-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.

    Do international students need to be registered with a GP (local family doctor) to get a vaccination?
    You are encouraged to register with a GP (local family doctor) and get an NHS number when you come to the UK.
    You can find more information about health services we offer through askUS, which is the University of Salford’s student support team.

    What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?
    If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the UK government advice (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

    International travel and entering the UK

    You must follow the international travel rules for entering the UK depending on whether you arrive from/travel through a RED, AMBER or GREEN list country (known as the traffic light system).

    You should check the latest information if your country is RED, AMBER or GREEN on the UK Government traffic light system website. This list may change so you should continually check for changes before you travel.

    Summary of travel measures (correct at 2 June 2021)

    Measure

    GREEN

    AMBER

    RED

    Passenger locator form

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Pre-departure test

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Quarantine/self-isolation

    No

    10 days Self-isolation at own accommodation

    10 days at Managed quarantine at Government hotel

    Test to release

    (optional)

    No

    On day 5

    No

    PCR testing and Further PCR testing

    On or before day 2 only

    On or before day 2 and day 8

    On or before day 2 and again on day 8

     

     

    Travelling from or through a Red List country

    What is a Red list country?
    A Red list country is where there are significant concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and there are high restrictions on travel.
    Countries can be added to the Red list at short notice. You can see the latest information at Red List countries.

    Can I still travel to the UK from a Red List country?
    Yes, the current rules are if you are a British or Irish national, or have residency rights in the UK, you are permitted to travel. This means, if you have a Student Route or Tier 4 visa, you are permitted to travel.

    What are the Red list travel rules?
    * You must have a negative COVID19 test before travel
    * You must complete the Passenger Locator Form before travel
    * You must book and pay for a UK Government Approved – Managed Quarantine Hotel
    * You must take two COVID-19 tests in the UK on day 2 and day 8. The test package is included in the Managed Quarantine Hotel package.

    As part of your travel plan, you must also
    * Review the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.
    * Review the official guidance of the UK Government for entering the UK.
    * Keep in contact with your travel agency.
    * Review your travel and health insurance.
    * Complete the Salford self-isolation form to access the University’s self-isolation support service.
    * Bring an international credit or debit card with you so you can shop online.

    What is Managed Quarantine Hotel and what is the cost?
    If you are travelling from, or passing through, a Red List country you must book and pay for a UK Government Approved Managed Quarantine Hotel package (From 8 August , £2,225 for 1 adult).
    You must book and pay for this before you travel on the UK Government website at; choose Proceed to Managed Quarantine Package.
    You will not be able to leave your accommodation for 10 days.
    The Managed Quarantine Hotel Package price includes hotel, food, drinks, transfers from the airport, security and two COVID-19 tests.
    You will not be able to travel without the Managed Quarantine Hotel booking.
    You must include your booking reference on the Passenger Locator Form.

    Do I need a new permission letter to travel from a Red list country?
    You do not need a permission letter from the University to travel, but you must follow the red list travel rules.

    Is there any support for the cost of the Managed Quarantine Hotel
    Unfortunately, COVID-19 travel restrictions come with extra costs and you must plan in advance.
    You may be eligible for a Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support.
    Full information and eligibility is on this page under section FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Government Quarantine Hotel package for Red list countries

    Travelling from or through an Amber list country

    What is an Amber list country?
    An Amber list country is where there are medium concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and there are medium restrictions on travel.
    Countries can be added to the Amber list at short notice. You can see the latest information at Amber list countries.

    Can I still travel to the UK from an Amber List country?
    Yes, the current rules are if you are a British or Irish national, or have residency rights in the UK, you are permitted to travel. This means, if you have a Student Route or Tier 4 visa, you are permitted to travel.
     

    What are the Amber list travel rules?
    * You must have a negative COVID19 test before travel
    * You must complete the Passenger Locator Form before travel
    * You must self-isolate for 10 days in any appropriate accommodation (unless you a fully vaccinated through a UK, US or European vaccination programme).
    * You must take two 
    COVID-19 tests in the UK on day 2 and day 8 (unless you are fully vaccinated through a UK, US or European vaccination programme where you must take COVID-19 test in the UK on day 2).

    About the COVID-19 tests
    If you haven’t received your vaccinations through a UK, US or European vaccination programme, you must follow the rules as a non-fully vaccinated traveller. This will be most of our international students.
    Before you travel, you must purchase the non-fully vaccinated Covid Test Package that will include 2 COVID19 test kits for Amber arrivals to use while you complete your mandatory quarantine at your UK address.
    This costs £136 for 1 traveller and you can book from the UK Government International Arrivals website, choose the link for non-fully vaccinated and select the country that you are travelling from.

    OPTIONAL EXTRA – You can also choose to take part in the Test to Release package where you need another COVID19 test to take on day 5. See the Test to Release section on this webpage for details of this optional extra.

    If you have received your vaccinations through a UK, US or European vaccination programme, you can follow the rules for fully vaccinated traveller.
    Before you travel, you must purchase the fully vaccinated Covid Test Package that will include 1 COVID19 test to use as your day 2 test.
    This costs £68 for 1 traveller and you can book from the UK Government International Arrivals website, choose the link for fully vaccinated and select the country that you are travelling from.

    As part of your travel plan, you must also
    * Review the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.
    * Review the official guidance of the UK Government for entering the UK.
    * Keep in contact with your travel agency.
    * Review your travel and health insurance.
    * Complete the Salford self-isolation form to let the University know you are self-isolating and you can access help and support.  
    * Bring an international credit or debit card with you so you can shop online.

    What is appropriate accommodation to self-isolate?
    Self-isolation means that you will not be able to leave your accommodation for 10 days.
    This could be your term-time accommodation, student halls, with friends or family, in a temporary hotel. You must be able to show your address and your transfer from the airport to your accommodation on your Passenger Locator Form.

    What support is available during self-isolation?
    Complete the Salford self-isolation form to let the University know you are self-isolating and you can access help and support. 
    You can benefit from the Test to Release scheme for free and leave self-isolation after 5 days. You can find out more in the Test to Release section on this page.

    REMEMBER - Follow the rules or you may face fines up to £10,000.
    You may be fined £500 if you do not prove a negative COVID-19 test before departure; £100 if you do not give your contact details; £2000 if you do not take the two tests in day 2 and day 8; £1000 if you do not self-isolate; You can be fined up to £10,000 if you continually fail to comply.  *Transfer country refers to a country that you will transit through on your journey from your home country to the UK, otherwise known as a 'stopover'.

    REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules before you travel with your home government, and the UK Government’s RED, AMBER and GREEN list rules for entering the UK. You can also seek advice from your travel agent or airline.

    Travelling from or through a Green list country

    What is a Green list country?
    A Green list country is where there are low concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and there are low restrictions on travel. You can see the latest information at Traffic light system - Green list countries.

    What are the Green list travel rules?

    What are the Green list travel rules?
    * You must have a negative COVID19 test before travel
    * You must complete the Passenger Locator Form before travel
    * You must book and pay for a
    Day 2 COVID-19 test - to be taken after arrival in England.
    Once you have booked and paid for the test package you will receive a final confirmation/invoice to let you know the booking has been accepted. You will need to include this Test Reference Number on your Passenger Locator Form to prove you have booked and paid for the tests before you fly.

    You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
    You must 
    quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    As part of your travel plan, you must also
    * Review the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.
    * Review the official guidance of the 
    UK Government for entering the UK.
    * Keep in contact with your travel agency.
    * Review your travel and health insurance.
    * Complete the 
    Salford self-isolation form to let the University know you have arrived
    * Bring an international credit or debit card with you so you can shop online.

    REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules before you travel with your home government, and the UK Government’s RED, AMBER and GREEN list rules for entering the UK. You can also seek advice from your travel agent or airline.

    REMEMBER - Follow the rules or you may face fines up to £10,000.
    You may be fined £500 if you do not prove a negative COVID-19 test before departure; £100 if you do not give your contact details; £2000 if you do not take the two tests in day 2 and day 8; £1000 if you do not self-isolate; You can be fined up to £10,000 if you continually fail to comply. 

    REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules before you travel with your home government, and the UK Government’s RED, AMBER and GREEN list rules for entering the UK. You can also seek advice from your travel agent or airline.

    Support – Government Quarantine Hotel for Red list countries

    If you are travelling from or passing through a Red List country you are must book and pay for the UK Government Managed Quarantine Hotel for your self-isolation.
    You are advised to book your Managed Quarantine Hotel before your flights so you know that you have a place.
    You can find more information here: 
    Department for Education Managed Quarantine Hotel FAQs.

    We are giving all eligible new international students affected by the Government Managed Quarantine Hotel, a financial contribution to the cost of this mandatory requirement.

    For September and November 2021 intake -
    Eligible students will be sent the link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support form during the registration period to your Salford Student email.

    You must be registered to access your Salford Student email and we aim to send out the application form in mid-September.  
    From the 12 August, the cost of Managed Quarantine Hotel is £2,285 for a single person.  You can apply for up to £1,285 per student.
    Before the 12 August, the cost of Managed Quarantine Hotel is £1,750 for a single person. You can apply for up to £750 per student.

    Please be aware of the following:
    - You must have completed online registration and have proof of registration
    - You must be attending your induction and classes
    - You must complete the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel application form that is sent to your Salford student e-mail during registration.
    - You must have booked and paid for the Government Managed Quarantine Hotel package and attach the receipt
    - You must have arrived in the UK and attach your entry date stamp
    - You must arrive by the start of term to start your programme on time

    - For September – Health students where there is a clinical placement must arrive in the UK and be through quarantine by 20th September. Other students can gain permission for late arrival in the UK from their School up until 4th October.
    - You must have a UK bank account in your own name

    - Eligibility to the fund will be reviewed again in October.

     

    Advice for opening a UK bank account to receive the Financial Contribution for the Quarantine Managed Hotel
    We understand that if you are staying in a Government Quarantine Managed Hotel, you may struggle to open a UK bank account initially as most UK bank accounts require documents to be sent to your new address in the UK. Some providers offer online banking and do not require a postal address for bank cards. We have listed some information below, but please do your research and read the small print carefully before you open a new account: How To Open a Bank Account Online in the UK Without Proof of Residency

     

    Airports and Travelling to your accommodation

    Travelling to Manchester Airport
    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 including British Airways, Virgin, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Hainan.

    Travelling to the UK and transferring to Manchester Airport
    If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport.
    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 airport 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 Airport Taxi Transfer Service in this section.

    Travelling to the UK with a long connection and transferring to Manchester Airport
    If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport as soon as possible. 
    However, if you have a long connection time, the rules are that if it is necessary, 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 onward to Manchester Airport and start your self-isolation/quarantine from Manchester.
    You would need to book the airport hotel in advance. Airport hotels can 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.

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

    Airport Taxi Transfer 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 any other airport except Manchester) to your accommodation in Salford or Manchester 
    If you are travelling to a London airport (or any other airport except Manchester), you should arrange a connecting flight from London to Manchester Airport.
    It is recommended to arrange this as part of your international flight.
    You should book the free airport taxi transfer from Manchester Airport to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester using the details of your arrival in Manchester. See Airport Taxi Transfer Service in this section.

    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 private 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.

    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. 

    REMEMBER 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. 

    Prepare for self-isolation (quarantine)

    When you arrive in the UK, it is very important that you stay in your accommodation for 10 days. This is called self-isolation (quarantine) and is necessary because it can take up to 10 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, you won't be able to attend the University of Salford, see other people or leave your accommodation except for very limited reasons.

    There are different rules for self-isolation, depending on where you have travelled from.
    If you have travelled from a Red list country, you must self-isolate for 10 days in UK Government approved Managed Quarantine Hotel.
    If you have travelled from a country that is not on the red list, you manage your own sel-isolation in your accommodation, which could be your student accommodation, with family or friends, or in a temporary hotel of your choice.

    Self-isolation 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 10 day self-isolation period.
    You can self-isolate in your student accommodation, at the home of your family or friends, private accommodation (for example, a private house share) or hotel.
    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 let them know you will be self-isolating.

    Self-isolating in other 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. 
    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 10 days. You should go straight to your accommodation from the airport.  
    Even though you will be self-isolating for 10 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 10 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 10 days before taking up your accommodation. Depending on the start date of your signed contract, this will be an extra cost and you will need to budget for this. 

    Self-isolating in other hotel accommodation - If you need to self-isolate, and you are staying in a hotel or guesthouse, you need to confirm with your hotel that you will be self-isolating for 10 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.

    Support from the University while you are self-isolating
    When you arrive in the UK, you must register with the University as self-isolating, which will ensure you receive support from another student during your quarantine.
    Complete this self-isolation form and Salford students can chat to you during your self-isolation.
    Our peer support volunteers are friendly, good listeners, and can help you with practical issues like getting groceries.

    Test to Release scheme to reduce self-isolation days

    Subject to UK Government Guidance, under the Test to Release scheme you may be able to reduce your self-isolation period from 10 days to 5 days.  
    You choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test, to be taken after 5 days. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

    The University of Salford is working with a private clinic to provide the test for free for international students completing self-isolation in the Salford/Manchester area.

    To benefit from the Test to Release scheme for free, you must book a Test and Release appointment at least 72 hours before you travel at our partner clinic, Healthwork, in Manchester.
    You must follow the instructions to book - How to book an PCR Test to Release Appointment with Healthwork.
    You must include details of your appointment on your Passenger Locator Form.

    The University is unable to pay for Test to Release for family members or dependants.  
    However, you can pay for additional tests for your family members or dependents at the same clinic when you book your test.

    The University is only offering the test for free at the Healthworks clinic in Manchester and no other clinic. If you are self-isolating with family in another part of the UK, you are not eligible for the test. You can arrange and pay for the Test to Release scheme with another approved clinic.

    You can keep up to date on the requirements at COVID19: testing for people travelling to England.

    Teaching and facilities

    How much face-to-face teaching will there be in 2021-22?
    We know how important it is for you to receive face-to-face tuition, both for your academic studies and for the social aspect of university that is so vital to us all. For that reason, we are delivering as much face-to-face teaching as possible while maintaining a controlled approach to activity on campus.  

    For the time being, we will maintain a level of social distancing on campus in order to protect everyone’s safety and allow us to easily reintroduce measures at short notice if required. However, we’re delighted that you can look forward to an in-person learning experience when you start with us in September. 

    Will some classes take place online?
    In consultation with our staff and students over recent months, we have learnt that there are some elements of online learning that were improvements on how we taught previously. Online learning can be beneficial to individual learning styles and has the added benefit of freeing space up on campus for more face-to-face learning where needed. Therefore, there are some sessions that will be online - not because of the pandemic, but because our students have told us that it’s the best way to deliver them. 

    We’ll also be recording some sessions so that they can be viewed afterwards on-demand. This isn’t a replacement for attending in person; however, this will allow students to watch sessions back and review what they’ve learnt in order to supplement that face-to-face learning.  

    We are committed to providing you with the best possible student experience. 

    I am an undergraduate student, will there be any changes to my assessments?
    We’ve also been working hard on adapting your assessments to ensure they are designed to help you succeed. Therefore, there’ll be no formal, written exams for first-year undergraduates in the first term. We’ve also put in place a Practice for Success programme which will help you learn how best to approach assessments when they return and provide you with techniques to ensure that you can demonstrate your understanding effectively. 

    At Salford, we have always welcomed students from a diverse range of backgrounds so we are used to ensuring that their transition to university is as smooth as it possibly can be. This understanding and experience is behind all the preparation we are doing to ensure that our students are ready to take the next step in their academic careers.

    Will your facilities be open?
    Yes, all of our facilities will be open, including the library, sports centre, Students' Union, our food outlets such as Atmosphere Kitchen and Bar and more. There will be some measures in place to ensure your safety, for example, maintaining a level of social distancing. We will share more information closer to the start of term.

    English language requirements

    We accept a range of qualifications as evidence of English language.
    Please go to 
    English language requirements to find out more.

     

    Tuition fee deposit, scholarships, discounts

    I have an offer and I have paid my tuition fee deposit, however, due to concerns on COVID-19 I would prefer not to travel and study away from home. What are my options? 
    We understand the changing position of COVID-19 may affect your decision to study.
    1. You can defer your admission to the next intake. Please go to your 
    course page to find the next available intake.
    2. If you prefer to decline your application due to COVID-19 concerns, your tuition fee deposit will be refundable. Please email 
    applications@salford.ac.uk  including your name, student ID number, course you have applied for, and request a refund of your deposit. 

    Scholarships for international students
    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. Explore our scholarships.

    Discounts on tuition fees for international students 
    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.  

    CAS, ATAS, and Student Route Visas

    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.
    You will be asked to submit evidence of finances as part of the CAS process. If you do not submit evidence of finances, or your evidence is incorrect, you will not receive a final CAS.
    You may be asked to take a credibility interview as part of the CAS process. If you are contacted for the interview and do not respond you will not receive a final CAS.

    Where do I find information about visa application centres in my country?
    For the latest updates go to TLS Contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, or visit VFS Global for all other countries.

    I need an ATAS. How do I apply?
    You must apply to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 
    Applications are now being accepted and there is up to a 30-day wait so please complete your application as soon as possible to meet the conditions of your offer.

    I am worried about my BRP and how to obtain it. What will happen to my BRP if I delay my travel to the UK?
    The UK Government guidance advises that students will not be penalised for being unable to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) while Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are in place.
    You also have the University’s Home Office Compliance team to help you with any BRP related concerns. You can email the team at homeofficecompliance@salford.ac.uk

    What is the Graduate Immigration Route?  
    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.
    The Graduate Route will launch on 1 July 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 Government's Graduate Route announcement.

    Do I need to be in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route?
    Do I need to be in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route?
    Yes, you will need to be in the UK to eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route.

    Most importantly, you will need to be in the UK as per your course requirement.
    For September 2021 intake this means you must be in the UK for our induction activities from 20th September and teaching from 27th September.
    Your School may grant you permission as a Late Arrival, however, this will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances.
    If you are granted permission as a Late Arrival, you can be assured that your visa will not be affected as long as you meet the conditions of your School.

    Accommodation

    Where can I find information about accommodation?
    Visit our accommodation page or email askus-accommodation@salford.ac.uk

    Local student accommodation providers
    Campus Living Villages (CLV) manages our on-campus accommodation at Peel Park, John Lester Court and Eddie Colman Court
    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

    Private accommodation
    You may prefer to find your own private accommodation. We recommend using 
    Manchester Student Homes who only work with fully accredited landlords and offer free advice.

    Do I need to book accommodation before I travel?
    Yes, all travellers to the UK must complete a Passenger Locator Form and include the address where they are living.
    The is the UK law and you will be fined if you do not provide this information.

    REMEMBER:
    If you are travelling from a Red List country, you must book and pay for Managed Quarantine Hotel package and you must self-isolate in the Managed Quarantine Hotel for 10 days – see Traveling from or through a RED list country section on this page.

    If you are travelling from an Amber List country, you must self-isolate for 10 days in any appropriate accommodation – see Traveling from or through a RED list country section on this page.

    If you are travelling from an Amber or Green list country, and you haven’t secured accommodation to self-isolate before you travel you can arrange temporary hotel accommodation. This list of temporary accommodation might be helpful.
    Below is a list of local hotels where our students have previously stayed and accept bookings from Amber and Green list counties. You can select the dates you need to match with your flight arrivals, giving you more flexibility.
    You will need a credit card to secure your booking
    Please note – the discounts available are subject to space and managed by the individual hotels.

    Ask for the room rate for University of Salford:

    Novotel Manchester Centre = Bookings via email H3145-re@accor.com
    Ibis Manchester Centre – Princess Street
     = Bookings via email H3143@accor.com
    Ibis Styles – Portland Street =  Book here.
    Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre (Aytoun Street) = 
    Book here.

    Resources for your safety

    NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace app/GP facilities/Testing centre

    If you are living on campus or nearby, you should register with the University of Salford's Medical Centre or check some alternative options.

    To help keep you and everyone else on campus safe and informed, we ask that you please download and use the NHS Contact Tracing free app. The app is the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk of coronavirus. You can also find advice, check your symptoms, arrange a test, and avoid contact tracing forms using the QR scanner at public venues. Download the app.

    If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can get a free test via the NHS. Find out more. On this page, you’ll also be able to book an appointment to get tested at the new Salford-based Covid-19 testing centre located on the ground floor of Humphrey Booth House in Salford Crescent and open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.

    Where can I find information on the safety measures at the University?

    We have put together a special Stay Safe resource page to provide new students with an induction to our safety measures.
    Current students will also find updated information on the Student Hub (if you aren't a current student you won't be able to access this, and should use the Stay Safe page.

    Where can my parents find information about the safety measures at the University? 

    We have put together a special Family and Friends page to provide your family and friends reassurance on our safety measures.