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International applicants FAQs

During the current Covid-19 outbreak, we understand that our international applicants will have will have lots of questions.

The University has followed guidance from local health teams and Government as we implement our return to campus plans for the new academic year. The information presented on this page is therefore subject to change and we recommend that you regularly check back for the most up to date information.

Page last updated: 01/09/2021

Arriving at the University

Will classes take place on campus in September?

From September 2021, we plan to deliver the majority of teaching in-person and on campus. Teaching materials and/or recorded sessions will also be available online, allowing you to engage remotely if you need to self-isolate or are unable to attend campus due to travel restrictions. Tutorials, supervisions and other one-to-one sessions can be conducted online, if you are unable to attend campus.

International students on most courses must ensure they join us on campus when they are able, and no later than 6 April 2022. There are some exceptions, where teaching and learning must happen in person, on campus, so students must arrive earlier. Please read the FAQs below for more information.

If there is a change in pandemic-related Government guidance that impacts on in-person teaching, we will move all teaching online while we reshape the timetable. Learning activities that must take place on campus - for example practical, skills-based sessions, and UKVI contact points - would be prioritised for on-campus delivery.
What you can expect from September 2021

Can I start my course online if I cannot travel to the UK in time for orientation in September?

  • If you are an international student and you are unable to travel to the UK to begin your course on campus in September 2021, in most cases you will be able to engage with your studies remotely until you are able to travel. You should plan to join us on campus as soon as you can, and consider the expiry date on your visa vignette. You must arrive no later than 6 April 2022.
  • For some courses, it will be necessary for you to join us on campus by an earlier date, in order to complete parts of your programme which can only be delivered in person.
  • Once in the UK, international students are expected to fully engage in their studies on campus and are not permitted to study remotely unless they are self-isolating or unwell.
  • Whether you begin your course remotely or on campus, you must enrol online as soon as possible after 1 September and no later than 8 October 2021. You must log in to the applicant portal to complete online enrolment.
  • You must keep the University informed of your location and travel plans at all times. You do this by keeping your details up to date in the applicant portal.
  • You will still be eligible to be considered for the Graduate route, provided you arrive in the UK either before your visa ends or by 6 April 2022, whichever is sooner.

Which courses require students to arrive campus before 6 April 2022

If you have applied to one of the following courses, you must ensure you are on campus and ready to commence study (have completed any compulsory quarantine) by the following date.

Start by 18 October:
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult) (Pre-Registration)
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Mental Health) (Pre-Registration)
Cert HE Dental
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
MRes Biological Sciences
MSc Sports Physiotherapy Studies
MSc Sports Rehabilitation

Start by 22 October:
BA (Hons) Education Studies
BA (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
MA Education
MA Education (Early Childhood Studies)
MA Education (Educational Leadership)
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
PGCE Education and Training with Teaching Maths (Numeracy)

Start by 25 October:
MSci Chiropractic
DPH
MPH
MPH (Applied)

Start at the beginning of Semester 2:
BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene

Can I enrol online?

Whether you begin your course remotely or on campus, you must enrol online on your course as soon as possible after 1 September, and no later than 8 October 2021.

Can I complete orientation and induction online?

If you cannot be on campus at the beginning of the semester, there will be orientation and induction activities online, to make sure you get off to the best start. Teaching materials and/or recorded sessions will also be available online.

What must you do when you travel to the UK?

  1. You should notify the University when you have booked your travel and have a definite arrival date. You must update your details on e-vision, where you completed your online registration. If you are commencing your studies from your home country, online, please also let your School know by email:

    School of Health & Life Sciences - SHLS-Monitoring@tees.ac.uk@tees.ac.uk
    School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies - SCEDT-Support@tees.ac.uk
    School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law - SSSHLAttendance@tees.ac.uk
    Teesside University International Business School - TUBSAttendance@tees.ac.uk
    MIMA School of Art & Design - Mima-support@tees.ac.uk
  2. You must check the UK government guidance for travelling to England.

    Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK

    Verify if you are travelling from a red, amber or green-listed country or territory, and then follow the instructions provided, regarding COVID-19 testing, booking quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel and completing the passenger location form.

    Only certain airports are designated for managed quarantine arrivals and it is your responsibility to make sure you are travelling to one of these. Your carrier will deny you boarding if you are travelling to a port which cannot receive passengers from 'red list' countries.

    Before you board your plane to the UK, your passenger locator form will be checked by your carrier. This must include your quarantine package invoice number. If it does not and you can show no other evidence of having booked a package, your carrier will deny you boarding.

    If something prevents you from booking in advance of arrival, you will be able to do so at the airport through the online portal or by phone. However, you may face penalties and sanctions if you do not book a quarantine package in advance or attempt to conceal that you have been in a travel ban country.

    If you have any doubts at all about what you must do before travelling to the UK to commence your studies, then please contact the University. The consequences of making a mistake could be serious.
  3. You should contact our meet and greet service to get help with arriving at the University.

Do I need a Coronavirus test to travel to England?

You must follow the Coronavirus test and quarantine advice appropriate for your journey to England.

Please check the UK government website frequently to ensure you have the latest information on what you need to do and then put your plans in place before you travel. Failure to demonstrate that you have followed the guidance correctly and put appropriate plans in place may result in you being unable to board your mode of transport or being denied entry to England at the border.

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Do I need to take a coronavirus test to come onto campus if I have already completed quarantine and provided a negative test result in order to travel to England?

Yes - once you commence studies on campus, you should be tested for coronavirus twice a week. We all have a part to play in keeping our University community safe. Lateral Flow Device testing kits are available from the Student Life Building, free of charge.

What is the free Meet and Greet Service and how can I book?

Our meet and greet service will collect you from either Teesside International Airport or Newcastle International Airport during selected dates around the orientation and induction period. Details will be announced later.

To book the service, you will just need to complete an online form with some essential information, at least five working days before you begin your journey. The booking form will be available on our website when the details have been announced.

If you have any enquiries about our meet and greet service, please contact meetandgreet@tees.ac.uk. It can take up to five working days for a response due to high demand.

I will not arrive into Teesside International Airport or Newcastle International Airport - how do I get to Teesside University?

We can only offer Meet & Greet Services to Teesside International Airport and Newcastle International Airport at this time.

You can now fly to Teesside International Airport from Amsterdam and London Heathrow, so please check if it is possible to continue by plane to Teesside Airport.

There are good train and coach links into central Middlesbrough from around the UK.
View train schedules and tickets

If you need to advice about a journey which is not included in the Meet and Greet Service, please contact meetandgreet@tees.ac.uk. It can take up to five working days for a response due to high demand.

Will I need a bring a laptop or tablet to use during quarantine?

You should, where possible, arrive in the UK with a suitable device to undertake your course; for example, a laptop or tablet. This is particularly important should you need to quarantine on arrival and miss the first few days of your studies. If you have any queries over what you will require, please contact your school.

Are international students eligible for the vaccination?

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 here.

Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

How does an international student get an NHS number

International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn

How does an international student get a vaccine?

International students should be encouraged to register with a GP and get an NHS number. An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

It is possible to request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local GP practice.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

Visit nhs.uk/register for more information on GP registration.

If an international student is not registered with a GP, will they still be invited for their Vaccination?

Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service. We encourage all students to register with a GP and they can be directed to nhs.uk/register for more information.

However, international students can book their vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with their NHS number if they have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

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 advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Where can students find more information?

Students should be directed to nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Students should be directed to http://www.gov.uk/ for information on COVID restrictions.

Will I need to quarantine when I travel to the UK?

If you are travelling to the UK from a country with either red or amber status, you will need to complete quarantine when you arrive in the UK. Please check the UK government website to find out whether you are travelling from a red or amber country, and to see full information on what you need to do before you travel and after you arrive, including whether you will need to book an official quarantine hotel(red listed countries) or quarantine at home (amber list countries).

Will I need to quarantine when I come to the UK if I have had my Covid vaccination?

Even if you have had a Covid vaccination in your home country, you will still need to complete quarantine if you are travelling from a red or amber-listed country. Please ensure you check the UK government website for further information before you travel.

Will the University cover the cost of my quarantine?

If you are travelling from a red-listed country and need to quarantine in an official quarantine hotel, you must cover your own quarantine costs.

If you have been accepted on the International Year 1 at Teesside International Study Centre and confirm your place up to 15 days before the start of your course, you may be eligible for the Study Group Quarantine support fund, which offers a contribution of £1000 towards the cost of a UK Managed Quarantine Hotel.
Terms and Conditions apply.

More information

You can find lots of useful information about coming to England to study during the pandemic on this UK government blog: The Education Hub

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk and for medical advice contact NHS 111

The University continues to heed government advice and we're regularly updating our own guidance.

View our guidance on Coronavirus