Information for prospective International students

Salford International students walking together

This page was updated on 22/04/2022

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 2022

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.

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 2022 intake
  • Vaccinations for international students
  • International travel and entering the UK
  • Airports and travelling to your accommodation
  • 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 still high in the U.K., 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
  • Consider using a face-covering
  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in

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 2022 intake

Information for students starting in 2022

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

REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules before you travel with your home government and the UK Government.

March 2022 intake - important dates

As the term has now started on 14 March, your School Office and Programme Leader are your main point of contact. Please see for contact details below.

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

All Schools – phone

From inside the UK 0161 295 5338

From outside the UK +44 161 295 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 and Creative Technology

Email = am-admin@salford.ac.uk

June 2022 intake – important dates
**You must have arrived in the UK and completed International Check-in on campus before your university induction and teaching dates ***

  • Request you CAS - As soon as you receive the Request for CAS instructions and link from the CAS team.
  • Apply for your visa – As soon as you receive your CAS
  • Recommended travel dates – Travel as soon as possible or by 19 - 21 May 2022 at the latest. You must arrive before this time so that you have enough time to complete your in-person registration tasks on campus, and so you are ready to attend your induction.
  • Registration opens – 25 April 2022
  • University induction starts – 30 May 2022
  • Teaching starts – 6 June 2022

 

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

All Schools – phone

From inside the UK 0161 295 5338

From outside the UK +44 161 295 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 and 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

From inside the UK 0161 295 0023

From outside the UK +44 161 295 0023

Email = askUS@salford.ac.uk

Vaccinations for international students

Vaccination status before your travel to the UK

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.
REMEMBER - 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

To find out your vaccine status in terms of UK Government travel go to UK Government – Country with Approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination.

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.

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

REMEMBER – International travel rules may change at short notice. Always check the rules with your home government and the UK Government before you travel.

Currently, as of 25 April 2022, when you travel to England, you do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form, take any COVID-19 tests or quarantine when you arrive. 

But you must follow the international travel rules for entering the UK depending on the country you arrive from/travel through and your vaccination status.

Review the official guidance of your home country relating to travel to the UK.As part of your travel plan, you must also 

  • 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.
  • Bring an international credit or debit card with you so you can shop online.

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 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.

Teaching and facilities

How much face-to-face teaching will there be in 2022?
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 have now returned to face-to-face teaching and a non-socially distanced timetable. 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.

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. 

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 still be some measures in place to ensure your safety.

English language requirements

How long is my IELTS certificate valid for?

As some IELTS centres have been closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue to extend the validity of IELTS results by six months for the remainder of the 2022 calendar year. This means that your IELTS scores will be valid for 30 months, instead of the standard 24 months, from the date of issue.

We accept a range of qualifications as evidence of your English language skills. 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 new graduate immigration route is now available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021.
You’ll be able to work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years. 
You can find more information on the UK 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 and this includes, and mostly importantly, you must be in the UK as per the requirements of your programme.

Late Arrival
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.

Most importantly, you will need to be in the UK as per your course requirement, even if you have been granted permission to arrive late by your school.

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 UK law and you will be fined if you do not provide this information.

Temporary accommodation
The following hotels have been used by our students in the past and may offer competitive rates.
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 the 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

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.

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.