Coronavirus information for prospective International students

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This page was updated on 21/06/2021

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 2020/21. 

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? 

    All citizens must continue to follow this simple advice:

    • HANDS - wash your hands
    • FACE - wear a face covering
    • SPACE - keep a 2-metre distance from other people where possible
    • AIR – meet in the fresh air

    Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country.

    You can find out the rules on what you can and cannot do, by visiting the UK Government website.

    What is the current situation in the University of Salford concerning COVID-19? 

    You can read all the safety measures in place at the University on our Stay Safe website.

    From Monday 12 April we welcome back many practical courses to campus.
    In order to keep yourselves and our University community safe, please remember to follow social distancing protocols, and to follow the ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ government guidance.

    Many programmes will continue to be delivered by blended teaching (both online and face-to-face) in line with Government guidance.

    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.

     

    Information for students starting in 2021/22 intake

    Updated 17 June 2021 - If you require a Student Route visa for study in the UK for a course starting in 2021/22, the current guidance from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is that you will need to arrive in England before the start of your study programme.
    Therefore, with the current guidance in place, you must make arrangements to travel to the UK for the start of your academic year.

    About offer letters and CAS
    As some of our postgraduate taught programmes are very popular and courses are filling up very quickly in 2021, we reserve the right to move your application to the next available intake, even if you have met all your conditions including paying for your study deposit. If you are moved to a future intake but you are unable to/do not wish to attend the new intake, your study deposit will be refundable.
    For the latest information go to
    Before You Apply – Postgraduate Taught

     

    Important dates

    Online registration

    17 August 2021 – to be confirmed

    Programme specific induction activities 

    To be confirmed

    University induction activities

    20 September 2021

    Teaching begins

    27 September 2021

    *If you are travelling and require to self-isolate/quarantine you must ensure that you arrive at least 11 days so you can complete 10 days self-isolation/quarantine before you are required to be on campus for induction activities or teaching.

    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.

    Also see sections International travel and entering the UK; Airport arrival and travelling to your accommodation; Prepare for self-isolation; Test to Release scheme, on this page for more information.

     

     

    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.
    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

    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 (£1,750 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.
    * You must take two COVID-19 tests in the UK on day 2 and day 8. You must book and pay for the 2 COVID-19 Tests before departure; £210 for 1 traveller at COVID Testing 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 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?
    * You must have a negative COVID19 test before travel
    * You must complete the Passenger Locator Form before travel
    * You must take two COVID-19 tests in the UK on day 2 and day 8. You must book and pay for the 2 COVID-19 Tests before departure; £210 for 1 traveller at COVID Testing 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 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.

    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.

    We are giving all eligible new international students starting in January/February, March or June 2021 who have been affected by the Government Managed Quarantine Hotel, a financial contribution to the cost of this mandatory requirement.

    For January/February, March or June 2021 intake –
    Eligible students have been sent the link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support form.
    You can apply for £750 per student and up to £250 per dependant (up to one dependant).

    For September 2021 intake -
    Eligible students will be sent the link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel financial support form closer to the registration period. 
    You can apply for £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
    - 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
    - You must have a UK bank account in your own name
    The contribution is only available to new international students on a full-time, on-campus course who are self-funding their studies for January/February/March/June2020-21 and September 2021-21 intakes only.
    The bursary is not available for sponsored students or partnership students.

    REMEMBER:
    September/November 2021 students - If you are eligible, you will receive an email link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel application form to the email address on your registration record.
    June 2021 students – If you are eligible, you will have received an email link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel application form to the email address on your registration record.
    January, February and March 2021 students –If your registration record shows that you are currently based in a Red List country, and you have started your studies online, you will have now received a link to the Contribution to Government Quarantine Hotel application form to the email address on your registration record.

    If you have not received a link, and you think you may be eligible, contact Salford-International@salford.ac.uk 

    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.
    You can see the red list countries at red list (travel ban countries). The red list is based on rising cases of COVID19 and subject to change at short notice. Always check before you travel.

    1) Self-isolation when arriving from countries on the red list (travel ban countries)
    You are currently banned from entry to the UK if you have been in or through a country on the red list (travel ban countries) in the last 10 days.
    You are exempt from this entry ban, if you are
    British, Irish or you have residency rights in the UK (such as an international student with a Student Route or Tier 4 visa).
    If you are exempt from this entry ban, you must
    stay in your Government approved quarantine hotel for your 10-day self-isolation period and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.
    The guidelines are:  
    * Before you travel,
    you must book the UK Government hotel stay and two coronavirus tests for after you arrive via GOV.UK at Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England.  You will not be able to board your flight or enter the UK without making this booking.
    * The Government approved hotel package will cover the costs of transport from the arrival airport to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security and testing.
    * The cost is currently £1750 for 1 adult, plus £650 for an additional adult.

    Please note – we understand that this is an additional cost and if you are affected by the travel ban list, contact Salford-International@salford.ac.uk and we will work with you and your School on your options for study.  You may want to consider continuing your studies online or deferring your entry to another intake.

    2) Self-isolation when arriving from countries that are not on the red list
    You can self-isolate in your student

    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.

    Information for students who started in January, February, March, and June

    All programmes for January, February and March 2021 have now closed for registration.
    For June intake, registration closes on 11th June.

    If you have not yet travelled to the UK, you are permitted to travel.

    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.

    See sections International travel and entering the UK; Airport arrival and travelling to your accommodation; Prepare for self-isolation; Test to Release scheme, on this page for more information.

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

    School

    Contact details

    Salford Business School

    Email = SBS-Hub@salford.ac.uk,
    Phone =  +44 (0) 161 295 2222 

    School of Science, Engineering and Environment

    Email =  SEESchoolEnquiries@salford.ac.uk,
    Phone = +44 (0) 161 295 4600

    School of Health and Society

    Email = HealthSociety-School-Reception@salford.ac.uk
    Phone = +44 (0) 161 295 6543 

    School of Arts, Media & Creative Technology

    Email = am-admin@salford.ac.uk
    Phone = +44 (0) 161 295 6216
     

    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

    International Technology Bursary
    We understand it can be difficult for some of our international students to start their course online if they don’t have the required technology.
    We are giving all eligible international students starting in January/February, March or June 2021 a £300 bursary to spend on a device for learning.
    This fund will help you to purchase a laptop and data to be able to start your course online.
    The £300 will be automatically deducted from your tuition fees.
    Please be aware of the following:
    - If you have already registered, and already paid full tuition fees, the amount will be refunded to you.
    - If you have already registered, and not paid your tuition fees in full, the amount will be deducted from your tuition fees owed. The amount will reduce your installment payments.
    - If you have not registered for your programme – register now! The amount will be deducted only after you have registered.
    The bursary is only available to international students on a full-time, on-campus course who are self-funding their studies which is either International Foundation Year, undergraduate and postgraduate taught Masters for January/February/March/June 2020-21 intakes only.
    The bursary is not available for sponsored students or partnership students.
    REMEMBER: You must complete the online registration to receive the bursary.
    If you want to confirm your refund you can contact  Income-Treasury Income-Treasury@salford.ac.uk

     

    Teaching and facilities

    Further to the Government’s announcement on 4 January 2021 of a new national lockdown, we are now in a position to provide details on what impact this will have on the facilities and services available for you on campus, as well as advise you on changes to teaching, to encourage those of you accessing campus to use our mass testing facilities and to provide an update on accommodation concerns.

    Teaching and learning
    Unless there is a change in UK Government advice, all teaching will continue to be delivered online up until the Easter vacation period (22 March)
    Exempt courses (for example, health care and social work) will continue to receive face-to-face teaching during this time.
    You can find more information on the Student Hub

    For new student starting in January/February who have not registered, see the section Information for students starting in January/February on this page.

    Please note that teaching and assessment advice relates to taught students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    Postgraduate research students have received separate advice from the Doctoral School.

    Library and learning spaces
    In line with government advice, we will continue to provide access to some socially distanced general learning spaces, IT facilities and a click and collect service in the Clifford Whitworth Library.
    A wide range of library services will continue to be available to you online, including access to digital learning resources and training and support to help you develop your study, research, digital and IT skills.
    You can find more information at Library.

    Student support  by askUS
    askUS is your one-stop shop for all your student support needs outside of your studies, including wellbeing, counselling, disability and learner support, money advice, careers and enterprise, faith, proof of study letter requests, visas and immigration, diversity support and much more.
    The askUS team now provide student support services remotely via telephone, instant chat and email, available 9am to 7pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm on Fridays, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.
    You can find more information at askUS.

    Group activities
    Other than the limited range of health programmes approved for on-campus teaching by government, there will be no other group activities on-campus. This means that there will be no access to group workspaces. Specialist learning facilities will remain closed for non-exempt courses until further notice.

    Students’ Union
    Most of the Students' Union staff are working remotely. You can still get in touch with the SU and the Advice Centre without visiting campus. Find out more about how to get in touch on the SU website.

    Sports Centre
    During the national restrictions, the Sports Centre will be closed.  However, you can find a range of exercise videos to workout at home on their website.
     

    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 have my visa, but I am starting my programme online before travelling. Will my visa be valid?
    In terms of starting your programme online, the UK Government guidance allows special visa concessions for the ongoing provision of online learning for the duration of the academic year 2020 to 2021, so your visa will not be affected due to online delivery.
    In terms of when to travel, if you are not travelling straight after you receive your visa, you should check that your visa is valid before you travel.
    You also have the University’s Home Office Compliance team to help you with any visa-related concerns. You can email the team at homeofficecompliance@salford.ac.uk

    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?
    Yes, you will need to be in the UK to eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route as part of the Home Office – Temporary concessions in response to COVID-19
    The guidance is:
    Students who are completing their course in summer 2021, including those who commenced a one-year Masters programme in September 2020, will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK on or before 21 June 2021 and complete their studies in the UK.
    Students who commence a one-year Masters programme in January 2021 will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies In the UK.

    You have the University’s Home Office Compliance team to help you with any visa-related questions. You can email the team at homeofficecompliance@salford.ac.uk

    Accommodation

    I am starting my course in January/March/June 2021, what accommodation is available?

    If you want to live on-campus, Campus Living Villages have lots of rooms available. Use this guide for booking CLV accommodation in January 2021.

    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.

    For support with booking accommodation, visit our accommodation page or email askus-accommodation@salford.ac.uk

    What are the local student accommodation providers?

    Campus Living Villages (CLV) manages our on-campus accommodation at Peel Park, John Lester Court and Eddie Colman Court
    Other nearby student accommodation include:
    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?

    All travellers to the UK must self-isolate for 10 days.
    REMEMBER:
    If you are travelling from a Red List country, you must book and pay for Managed Quarantine Hotel package – see Prepare for self-isolation (quarantine) section
    If you are travelling from a non-Red list country, you can self-isolate in any appropriate accommodation – see Prepare for self-isolation (quarantine) section

    In addition, all travellers 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.

    If you haven’t secured accommodation before you travel you must 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. 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

    Ibis Manchester Centre – Princess Street
    To Book, please email: H3143@accor.com

    Ibis Styles – Portland Street
    Book here.

    Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre (Aytoun Street)
    Book here.
    They are also offering a special offer.

    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 and regulations for entering the UK” and “Airports and travelling to your accommodation".

    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.