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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: 20/01/2021

This has been a challenging time for everybody. Please familiarise yourself with the FAQs on this page and also take the time to read the letter to international students written by the Education & Universities Ministers.
Letter to prospective International Students from Education & Universities Ministers

Arriving at the University

Can I still travel to the University during the national lockdown?

If you have not already booked your fight to the UK, do not do so at this time. If you have already booked your travel, try to rearrange your flight to a later date. If you cannot rearrange your travel and choose to come to campus, you should follow the instructions in the next section. When you complete online enrolment you will be asked to provide us with details of your planned arrival date.

If I cannot travel immediately, should I still apply for my visa?

As the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number you have been issued is for a course start date of 18 January 2021, you may have already applied for your visa by now. If you have not already applied for your visa you will need to use your CAS to apply for your visa within 6 months of the date it was issued. In the meantime, you are expected to start your course remotely from your current location. It is not necessary to have received your visa in order to enrol online.

If your visa application is successful you will receive a visa vignette to allow you to travel to the UK. This will be valid for 90 days. Before you travel, you should check to make sure your entry clearance vignette is still valid. If your vignette expires before you are able to travel to the UK, you will need to apply for a replacement.

Do I still need to enrol as usual?

Yes. You must complete online enrolment by 8 February 2021. To enrol online, please login to https://e-vision.tees.ac.uk. Once you have done this you will be able to commence your course remotely (online) and you must engage fully with your course until it is possible to transition to hybrid learning with some study on campus at a later date.

When will the national lockdown end?

Look out for further updates from the University. We will contact you again when the national lockdown has been lifted and when hybrid learning resumes. If you have not already travelled to the UK, this will be a good point to proceed with booking your travel.

Does the University need to know where I am studying once I am enrolled?

You must keep the University informed of your plans, so that we know where you are, and when you intend to travel or if you are commencing your studies in your home country, online. You can do this by logging in to e-vision. You must ensure you update e-vision any time there is a change to your travel plans or to your contact details, including your address. 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 Business School - TUBSAttendance@tees.ac.uk
MIMA School of Art & Design - Mima-support@tees.ac.uk

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 Business School - TUBSAttendance@tees.ac.uk
    MIMA School of Art & Design - Mima-support@tees.ac.uk
  2. From 4.00am on Monday 18 January 2021, anyone travelling to England must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. This includes travellers arriving from a country on the travel corridors list.
    You must book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, within 72 hours before departure. If you don't present proof of a negative test result certificate prior to departure, you may not be able to board any form of transport to travel to England. If you arrive in England without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500.
    Find out more
  3. Check again for any new restrictions locally in your home country or here in the UK regarding travel. For example, in some countries, it may be necessary for you to provide a negative coronavirus test result before you can board a plane.
  4. You should contact our meet and greet service to get help with arriving at the University.
  5. You must complete a passenger locator form. Please note, you may be fined if you do not do this before you reach the UK border.
  6. You must plan to self-isolate in your accommodation for ten days if arriving from a country which is not on the exemption (travel corridor) list
  7. If you do not want to complete a full 10 days of self-isolation period, there is the option to take an accredited coronavirus (COVID-19) test from a private testing provider after 5 days of self-isolation. If you receive a negative result, you can end your self-isolation on day 6. You can find more information here: Test to Release scheme.

    If you plan to do a private test, you should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form.

    If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.

    You will have to pay the private test provider for your test. You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.

    The test provider will either send a test to your address or you can attend a testing site. You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.
  8. After you have completed self-isolation, you should check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest government guidance to ensure you understand what restrictions are in place for life in the UK.

Do I need a Coronavirus test to travel to England?

From 4.00am on Monday 18 January 2021, anyone travelling to England must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. This includes travellers arriving from a country on the travel corridors list.

You must book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, within 72 hours before departure. If you don't present proof of a negative test result certificate prior to departure, you may not be able to board any form of transport to travel to England. If you arrive in England without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500.
Find out more

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?

If you have taken a private coronavirus test and received a negative result in order to board a plane to England, and then travelled immediately to Middlesbrough to complete 10 days of quarantine here (or 5 days if you have taken a private test to accelerate your quarantine), then you can come onto campus without taking an additional lateral flow test. If you prefer to take a lateral flow test before coming onto campus then you can do this, but it is not obligatory.

However if you have completed your 10 or 5 day quarantine outside Middlesbrough, and are newly arrived here, you are strongly encouraged to take a lateral flow test and access campus only if a negative result is received.

When is the latest you can arrive?

We are ready to welcome you and hope to resume hybrid learning as soon as we can so that you can begin to experience student life on campus. In the meantime, we can support you to start or continue your studies remotely, through virtual teaching and online induction activities. You must ensure you engage fully in your online learning until hybrid learning can recommence.

If you are studying one of the priority courses, you must be in Middlesbrough and commence your studies on campus by the dates specified.

Which are the priority courses which require face-to-face teaching?

On 31 December 2020, the Minister of State Universities published a letter which indicated a small number of priority subject areas where teaching should continue to take place in-person.

If you are on one of the courses below, please ensure you arrive in Middlesbrough by the date specified, and report to the campus as soon as you have completed any required period of quarantine (currently 10 days).

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult) (Pre-Registration) - 8 February 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Child) (Pre-Registration) - 8 February 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • MSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Mental Health) (Pre-Registration) - 8 February 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • MSc Diagnostic Radiotherapy - 15 February 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) - 15 February 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • MA Social Work (teaching will be remote but necessary to arrive in time for placement)- 15 February 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration) - 1 March 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) - 9 April 2021 (or upon completion of quarantine, if you are required to do so)

For those students who need to travel to the UK at the current time to attend one of the above priority courses, please remember, you should still enrol online by 8 February 2021 without fail, and then attend your course as explained above.

What if I cannot commence my course online

The majority of our course delivery is currently online for all students. If you have already received your CAS you should complete online enrolment and then start studying your course remotely with a view to transitioning to on-campus study once your course resumes in-person provision. We regret that we cannot offer deferrals to students that have already been issued with a CAS.

If you have concerns about starting your course and you have not yet received your CAS, it may be possible to defer your offer to September 2021 if a course start date is available then You should contact international.compliance@tees.ac.uk as soon as possible if you do not want to be issued with a CAS to start your course in January 2021.

If I start my course late, will I still be eligible for the Graduate Route?

The Government has confirmed that international students who commence a one-year Master's programme in January 2021 will remain eligible for the Graduate Route, even if they are studying remotely, provided they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK. We do not yet have guidance on eligibility of students on courses lasting more than one year. It is likely that these students will be able to transition to on-campus learning ahead of the deadline, but we will provide an update on this when we receive clarification.

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

Meet and greet will be running between 6 January - 2 February 2021, we recommend that you fly to Teesside International Airport as it will allow us to transport you quicker and easier to the University. You can now fly to Teesside International Airport from Amsterdam and London Heathrow.

There will be two daily slots for Teesside International Airport 10.00am and 5.00pm.

There will be one daily slot for Newcastle International Airport at 2.00pm.

Once you have completed the online form you will then be contacted by the Meet and Greet team to confirm your booking and provide essential information about quarantine.

To book the meet and greet service, you need to:

  • Complete our registration form at least five working days before you arrive in the North East of England.
  • Provide all the information we request on the form.
  • Respond promptly to any emails or telephone calls from us seeking clarification of any details.

We cannot guarantee to collect you if you do not provide enough notice or if you do not provide all the information we need.

Please be aware of any time differences and that telephone calls or emails outside of UK business hours will only be responded to the next working day (UK time).

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.

Will I need to self-isolate/quarantine on arrival in the UK? Where will that be? Will I have to pay?

In respect of your University accommodation you should always follow the latest UK government guidelines at all times. We have attached the latest guidance here which has a section specifically for Universities.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.

What should I do when I start quarantine? Do I need to contact anyone at the University?

University-managed accommodation

If you are completing your quarantine in University-managed accommodation, please contact the Accommodation office by email to confirm that you have arrived: accommodation@tees.ac.uk. Then complete the All arrivals check-in below.

All arrivals

When you arrive in your accommodation and begin your quarantine, please check-in with our Student Wellbeing team by emailing studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk upon arrival.

Students who check-in will receive an email from the Student Wellbeing team with some advice on what to do once you arrive. This also includes helpful links to shops, NHS services and general student wellbeing advice and information (including mental health links).

Essentials pack

If you arrive and have no way of getting food due to quarantining, please email our Student Wellbeing team by emailing: studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk upon arrival.
You can also request additional support

I have booked University-managed accommodation. What do I need to know before I come onto campus?

Before you come on campus:

  • If we are aware of someone who is self-isolating in your student house we will let you know and make arrangements for you to move temporarily into another house until the isolation period has ended.
  • Visits are limited to you as the student plus a maximum of one other person to help. If you bring any more than one other person they will be asked to wait in the car.
  • Follow general UK government guidance e.g. don't come if you or your household have any symptoms, observe social distancing at all times.

What do I need to do on the day I come to campus to move in to my University-managed accommodation?

  • Don't forget your key collection pass which is at the end of the online induction we have sent you. You can't get your key without it.
  • Please try to limit the use of public transport as per the current UK Government guidance. If you need to use public transport please wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Whilst we are restricting the number of people coming onto campus as per the government guidelines you should also consider wearing appropriate PPE in places where it is difficult to social distance.
  • You and anyone accompanying you will be given a temperature check when you collect your key. If you have a high temperature, this will not prevent you moving into your room but is to help us to manage any potential for immediate need for individuals/flats to self-isolate while any necessary tests are then undertaken
  • Any person that is not going to be a tenant in your house and will not form part of your new household is recommended to wear a face covering.
  • Please use the hand sanitising stations around your hall and campus.
  • You should observe social distancing from other people at all times (i.e. be at least 2 metres apart).
  • Please keep to any instructions which are in your hall or house around safety measures.
  • Please wash your hands regularly when you are moving in.
  • Bring boxes etc. to make moving your belongings easily.
  • Please bring cleaning materials with you.
  • Please wipe down all high touch areas upon arrival and when you leave, this includes communal areas such as kitchen worktops, door knobs etc.
  • If a fire alarm sounds while you are moving in you must immediately leave the building.
  • The Security Team for Central Halls is based on Ground Floor of Central Halls, Cornell Quarter Security is located on the Ground Floor of Cornell Quarter. For all other residences the Security Team is located on the Ground Floor of the Library.

What are the latest lockdown restrictions in Middlesbrough?

On 4 January 2021 the Prime Minister of the UK announced further restrictions across the country to help control the spread of coronavirus. As a result, the UK is now in National Lockdown. This means you must stay at home. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
View the UK Government's latest advice.

Do I need to quarantine when I come to the UK?

Current UK government guidance is that people coming from certain countries across the world will need to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the United Kingdom. If you are travelling from certain countries, you may be exempt from the self-quarantine requirement. You can check if you are from an exempt country on the UK Government website.

Please note: If you are travelling to the United Kingdom via a non-exempt country (even if no-one gets on or off the aircraft or vehicle you are travelling on) you will need to quarantine for the full 10 day period upon your arrival into the UK.

Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, the list of exempt countries is subject to change at any time and you should check the Government web site page at regular intervals, including just before you depart, to ensure there are no changes to whether or not you will need to complete the self-quarantine

As part of the Government rules, all people coming into the UK need to complete a locator form before being allowed entry. It is downloadable from the Government website.

Government guidance is constantly changing so please always refer to the Government website for the most up to date advice.

Please check the guidance to see if you do need to quarantine or not and then check out our further information below.

How do I get supplies when I arrive if I have to quarantine?

To make things easier for you when you arrive in University-managed accommodation we can offer a free essentials pack, including food, hygiene items and cleaning products. the following items which you can purchase from us before you arrive. Please email accommodation@tees.ac.uk to request these and they will be in your room when you get here so you do not have to worry about getting them. Please note: this is especially important for those students who will need to quarantine.

  • Bedding pack (including bedding and towels)
  • Kitchen pack (including kitchen equipment and utensils)

These are available on our online shop, you can order and pay for these and we will make sure they are in your room for when you get here.
Online shop

How can I collect my BRP card if I am in quarantine?

You should NOT attempt to collect your BRP while you are in a period of quarantine.

Your BRP will be held by the Post Office for at least 90 days.

You should collect your BRP after any required period of quarantine.

Please take your Passport and UKVI decision letter/ email to the Post Office when you intend to collect your BRP.

You must be over 18 to collect a BRP.

If you are under 18 and require assistance in collecting your BRP, please email: international@tees.ac.uk

If your BRP is not at the Post Office, please email: international@tees.ac.uk

If your Post Office branch is closed because of coronavirus (COVID-19), your BRP will be stored safely until it reopens.
Contact your Post Office for more information.

Do I need to do Police Registration and how do I register?

If you are unsure if you need to register, check your visa and your visa decision letter/email, and read the read the Government guidance.

Seek advice from an International Student Adviser if you are still unsure: international@tees.ac.uk.

If you are required to have a Police Registration Certificate, you must register your online Police Registration account within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

Please note, you are NOT able to book a Police Registration appointment at the moment, but you must still register your online account and complete the application form.

Any enquiries please contact:

Email: Foreign.NationalsRegistrationUnit@cleveland.pnn.police.uk
Telephone: 01642 301319
Clevelabd Police website

Can you tell me everything I need to do from applying to arriving at Teesside University?

Our Pre-Departure Guide is a useful booklet that aims to answer all your questions about applying to Teesside University, travelling to Middlesbrough and settling into your new life in the UK. This detailed guide covers subjects such as how to apply for your CAS and visa, what to pack, getting through UK customs, travelling to and around Middlesbrough, current Coronavirus restrictions in the UK, finding a part-time job, what to expect on campus and much more. It also contains checklists you can use to make sure you have taken all the steps you need to complete from applying to arriving and links to further information on many related subjects.

Pre-Departure Guide available soon for download


January 2021 starts

Will there be a change to how my course is delivered during UK national lockdown?

Don't worry, there will be no delay to the start of your course. Induction activities will commence online from 18 January 2021 and teaching from 25 January 2021.

All teaching has moved online, apart from a very limited number of priority courses, which we will announce soon so please look out for further announcements. You should therefore ideally begin your course remotely, in your home country, and travel only when restrictions are lifted. If you do need or choose to travel to the UK before then, please ensure you bring a device such as a laptop or tablet with you, so that you can study remotely from your accommodation. Induction activities will commence online from 18 January 2021 and teaching from 25 January 2021.

Wherever you begin your course, you must enrol online no later than 8 February.

What happens if I cannot travel to the UK due to Covid-19?

Our advice for international students travelling from overseas is that you should consider delaying your travel plans if they can be rearranged without excessive costs. Most courses do not require you to be on campus for the start of the course and you will be able to study your course fully remotely (online) until restrictions are lifted.

We will contact you again to advise you when restrictions are lifted and we can return to hybrid learning, with some teaching on campus.

If you do need or choose to travel before this time, then please ensure you follow the guidance in: What must I do when I travel to the UK?

Will a late application for January 2021 be considered?

No - Applicants must be in receipt of an offer by this date, as no offers will be issued after 4 December 2020.

Even if you plan to arrive late in the UK, you must begin your course online no later than 9 October 2020, which is the final enrolment date, regardless of any late arrival in the UK.

Will the fees be the same if some of the delivery is online?

Yes, we are planning for your course fees to remain the same as detailed on the webpage for your chosen course of study.

Will everything be open on campus as usual?

No, on 4 January 2021 the UK Government announced further restrictions across the country and as a result, the UK is now in National Lockdown.

All teaching has moved online, apart from a very limited number of priority courses. You should therefore ideally begin your course remotely, in your home country, and travel only when restrictions are lifted. If you do need or choose to travel to the UK before then, please ensure you bring a device such as a laptop or tablet with you, so that you can study remotely from your accommodation.

Wherever you begin your course, you must enrol online no later than 8 February.

Our student support teams are available to help and can be contacted by email.

For covid-related enquiries and for students arriving in the UK and in quarantine, email: studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk
This email address is staffed at the following times:
Monday to Friday 7.00am - 9.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you must report it to us by emailing studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk.

Student life related enquiries, email: studentlife@tees.ac.uk
This email address is staffed at the following times:
Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 6.00pm

Our friendly Campus Safety & Security team are available 24/7 should you need any assistance. Security can be contacted using SafeZone - a free app for staff and students that connects you to the University security team.

Will there be a change in my NHS surcharge?

You will still need to pay the immigration health surcharge when you make your Student Visa application. This entitles you to use the NHS once you are in the UK.
More information on immigration health surcharges

Will there still be meet and greet service available?

Yes, we are planning to still run a meet and greet service to help you with your arrival at Teesside University.
More about our meet and greet service

My application and entry requirements

Are there delays in offer making due to Covid19

No, offers are being processed as normal. If you have applied and are waiting for a decision then your application will be under consideration and the international admissions team will be in touch with you in due course.

How can I speak to someone regarding my offer?

If you need to discuss your offer, please contact us on +44 (0) 1642 738900 to speak to an enrolment advisor or contact your regional office using the following numbers:

South East Asia regional office: +603 22826622
South Asia regional office: +91 9873005531
Teesside University China office: +86 10 58206168
West Africa Regional office: +2349066015859

I cannot submit my qualifications because of a disruption to teaching and assessments in my country due to Covid 19. Are there other documents I can submit to prove I meet your entry requirements?

Please email international.admissions@tees.ac.uk with details of the examination you were due to take and any information you have on it being cancelled or rescheduled. If you have transcripts showing marks achieved to date then please attach these to the e-mail. We will review each application on a case-by-case basis.

If a student cannot get an IELTS test date due to limited availability, what are their options?

The University also accepts other tests. The student should try to book one of these tests to meet the conditions of their offer.

We will now accept the following qualifications to pass our English Language Entry requirements without a student needing to also complete an additional Teesside English Language Test Skype Interview:

  • Pearson's PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT
  • WAEC
  • SPM
As many IELTS test centres are currently closed due to the global pandemic, we will also now accept the following online English language tests for students to demonstrate English language ability and meet their condition.

The above will be accepted in addition to the qualifications listed already listed in the University's English Language Policy and on our website, which includes details of equivalent scores needed on each test.
Standard University English language requirements

Secure English Language Tests
UKVI have updated their list of approved Secure English Language Test Centres.

We can therefore now accept the following Secure English Language Test results for applications to courses below degree level:

  • PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

CAS and visas

Will I still be able to come to the UK? Will I still get a CAS?

Our advice for international students travelling from overseas is that you should consider delaying your travel plans if they can be rearranged without excessive costs. Most courses do not require you to be on campus for the start of the course and you will be able to study your course fully remotely (online) until restrictions are lifted.

We will contact you again to advise you when restrictions are lifted and we can return to hybrid learning, with some teaching on campus.

If you do need or choose to travel before this time, then please ensure you follow the guidance in: What must I do when I travel to the UK?

Your visa. As the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number you have been issued is for a course start date of 18 January 2021, you may have already applied for your visa by now. If you have not already applied for your visa you will need to use your CAS to apply for your visa within 6 months of the date it was issued. In the meantime, you are expected to start your course remotely from your current location. It is not necessary to have received your visa in order to enrol online.

If your visa application is successful you will receive a visa vignette to allow you to travel to the UK. This will be valid for 90 days. Before you travel, you should check to make sure your entry clearance vignette is still valid. If your vignette expires before you are able to travel to the UK, you will need to apply for a replacement.

Will I still need a visa?

Yes. You will still need a valid visa to be able to come to the UK and study your course at Teesside University.

If you have not already applied for your visa you will need to use your CAS to apply for your visa within 6 months of the date it was issued. In the meantime, you are expected to start your course remotely from your current location. It is not necessary to have received your visa in order to enrol online.

If your visa application is successful you will receive a visa vignette to allow you to travel to the UK. This will be valid for 90 days. Before you travel, you should check to make sure your entry clearance vignette is still valid. If your vignette expires before you are able to travel to the UK, you will need to apply for a replacement.

More information

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