Covid-19: Information for International Applicants and Offer Holders - January/February 2021 Intake

Information and Resources

Studying in the UK is a great opportunity to develop new skills, learn from new experiences and to build friendships that we hope will last a lifetime. At the University of Lincoln, we are working hard to ensure as many students as possible can continue with their study plans during Covid-19.

To help contain the spread of Covid-19, the UK Government have introduced a range of measures. To find out more information regarding the UK Government’s response and the latest advice, please visit the website.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

At Lincoln, we are changing in line with a changing world and our students remain at the heart of everything we do. To help you prepare for the start of your studies at the University of Lincoln in January/February 2021, we have provided answers below to a range of frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the information on this page is subject to change, and we encourage you to carefully check the UK Government’s latest guidelines for passengers arriving in the UK before you travel.

Completing the Admissions Process

I am unable to take part in the IELTS test as the examination centre is closed. What should I do?

To help support as many students as possible to continue with their study plans during this difficult period, we are happy to accept a wide range of alternative English language qualifications which are equivalent to IELTS. Details of English language qualifications accepted by the University of Lincoln can be found on our English Language requirements page.

I am unable to submit my final transcripts and certificate as my School or University is currently closed. What should I do?

If you are experiencing difficulties in obtaining documents that we have requested, please contact our International Admissions team as soon as possible so that we can advise what options maybe available. Please email

My exams are delayed.  Will I lose my Conditional Offer? 

The University is aware that exams have been delayed, or even cancelled.  We have received official updates from some awarding bodies and are awaiting guidance from others. 

For students who experience a delay in receiving exam results, we may be able to offer you an extension to your enrolment date. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to discuss what options maybe available, please contact

When is the CAS request and deposit deadline?

To help students who are experiencing difficulties in completing the admissions process as a result of Covid-19, we have extended the CAS request and deposit payment deadline for students who require a visa. The new deadline is Monday 8 February. To find out more about the CAS request and deposit process please visit our Applying for Your CAS and Student Route Visa page.

Can I study remotely from my home country?

We anticipate new and returning students will engage with their studies in a blended way by engaging with online sessions and attending face-to-face teaching. In line with the UKVI Student Visa engagement rules, the University will continue to monitor students' engagement and participation by attendance on campus and engagement with academic work. The University has ensured there is a safe and inclusive environment to facilitate blended learning. Students are advised to visit their course web page which details information about how their course will be delivered. Each academic School has created a unique learning plan. For further information, please contact your academic School.  

If you are unable to arrive at the University of Lincoln in time for the start of your programme, it may be possible for you to enrol and begin your classes on-line in your home country. However, you must arrive at the University of Lincoln no later than Monday 22 March. If you have have any questions regarding enrolling please email

Government policy as of January 2021 states that if students are required to either continue their current studies or commence a new course by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if they spent some time studying outside the UK.

Students who commence a one-year Master's 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. 

Preparing for Your Journey to the UK

Does the University provide an airport pick-up service?

We are delighted to offer a free airport pick-up service on selected dates in January and February from London Heathrow Airport. To find out more about the pick-up service and to reserve a space, please visit out travelling to Lincoln page.

Will I need to self-isolate when I arrive in the UK before I begin my studies?

As a precaution against the spread of Covid-19, UK Government regulations currently require travellers from certain countries arriving in the UK from overseas to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from Monday December 14. The previous self-isolation period was 14 days.

If you are required to self-isolate, it is important that you carefully follow the advice issued by the Government and health authorities.

How will I be supported when I arrive?

If the self-isolation regulations remain in place when you arrive in the UK, the University of Lincoln will meet you at the airport on your arrival and will transport you safely and free of charge to Lincoln where you can stay in your accommodation.

International students who have chosen and arranged University-managed accommodation for the duration of their studies will be able to move straight into their room as soon as they arrive in Lincoln; no extra charge will be made for the 10 additional days of accommodation before the start of the academic year. The period of self isolation required reduced to 10 days from Monday December 14. It had previously been 14 days.

International students who are required to self-isolate will be given a £60 supermarket voucher on arrival at the airport. This will help students to order groceries without the need to open a bank account or leave their accommodation. In addition, self-isolating students in University managed accommodation will be provided with a Welcome Pack of dry ingredients.

Students staying in University-managed accommodation will also receive a complimentary accommodation welcome pack consisting of bedding, towels and toiletries, and kitchen equipment, including a rice cooker.

To help you to make new friends and to find out more about the exciting opportunities available to you as a Lincoln student, the University’s Residential Wardens will be on hand to provide support and information. The University’s English Language Centre and Students’ Union will also arrange a programme of regular online academic, and social events, to help you settle in and prepare for the start of teaching.

As an international student, you will also have the opportunity to be matched with a member of the SU (a current student from their home country, where possible), and a UK connection to help you settle in at the University and to find out more about the city of Lincoln and life in the UK.

If you are unable to arrive in the UK in time to complete your period of self-isolation prior to your start date, it is important that you contact us so that we can provide you with information and advice regarding your arrival and accommodation. We will also be able to advise you about our later enrolment deadline for students who are experiencing difficulties.

What is the Passenger Locator form and how do I use it?

The UK government requires travellers to complete a Passenger Locator Form before they arrive in the UK. You may be fined if you have not completed the form by the time you reach the UK border. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. This is a free government service. You do not need to pay another website or business to provide your contact details for you.

The form includes your passport details, travel details, and the address you’ll be staying at for your first 10 days in the UK, and details of someone who can be contacted if you get ill while you’re in the UK.

You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK.You will need to show a copy of the completed form, so print out a copy and keep it with your travel documents, or have it available on your phone. Border Force officers will use the QR code at the top of the document to check you have completed the form successfully. The government will use the information you give to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, and to check that you are self-isolating at your specified address.

What is Test and Release?

The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England. Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list.

I have heard the UK is in the lockdown, what does this mean?

The British government has been implementing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus since the start of the global pandemic. While these measures are subject to change, lockdown generally means that people are advised to limit their time outdoors to essential shopping, medical visits and exercise. There are often limitations on what venues are allowed to open, and restrictions can either be implemented nationally or on a regional basis. The government website is the best way to see details of the current situation. 

I am having trouble booking flights to the UK and may not arrive before the start of my course, what should I do?

If you are unable to arrive at the University of Lincoln in time for the start of your programme, it may be possible for you to enrol and begin your classes on-line in your home country. However, you must arrive at the University of Lincoln no later than Monday 22 March. If you have have any questions regarding enrolling please email

Do I need to take a covid test before I arrive in the UK?

From 4am on Monday 18 January, the British government will require all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, to present a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers will be required to show their negative test result before boarding, and transport operators will deny boarding if necessary. On arrival back into the UK, Border Force will check passengers test results through the current spot check regime, to ensure that individuals are compliant with the new rules, and passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500. Full details were outlined in a government press release on Friday 8 January.

What if I have concerns about my health and wellbeing during my studies?

The wellbeing of our student community is our top priority and there are a range of health care and support services available both through the University, and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is the UK’s state healthcare system and provides a wide range of healthcare services including appointments with a doctor and hospital treatment.

As a University of Lincoln student we encourage you to register with the National Health Service (NHS), if you are enrolling onto a course of 3 months or more. You can register with the NHS once you have completed the enrolment process. Please note that you may need to pay the healthcare surcharge, unless you are exempt from paying it, as part of your visa application in order to be eligible to access the NHS during your time in the UK. To find out more about who is required to pay the healthcare surcharge, please visit the website.

Once you have registered with the NHS, you will be able to access the same health care provision as students from the UK. This includes, but is not limited to, free testing should you experience Covid-19 symptoms, and appropriate free medical care if required. To find out more information regarding what to do if you

After you have completed the registration process, you will be able to access health care services through the University of Lincoln Health Centre which is located in the heart of our Brayford Pool campus. The Centre, which is operated by the NHS, specialises in looking after the health needs of students and the clinical team includes a mixture of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Further information about the University of Lincoln’s Health Centre website.

The University of Lincoln’s dedicated Student Wellbeing Centre is also available to offer support and advice with any issues or challenges you may face during your studies. The Student Wellbeing team consists of professional staff including student wellbeing advisers, mental health advisers and counsellors who can provide advice and guidance in relation to disability, medical conditions, learning differences and mental health.

To find out more information about the UK Government’s response to Covid-19, including the latest guidance issued to the public, please visit the Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage.



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Changing your Study Plans

I no longer wish to study in the UK in January/February, can I defer my place to October? 

Yes. To do so, please email our International Admissions team at Please ensure your email includes the following information: 

  • your full name
  • your University of Lincoln ID number
  • the title of the course you have applied for  

If I am unable to travel to the UK because of Covid-19, will the University refund my CAS deposit? 

Yes. If you cannot join the University because of Covid-19 you can request a refund of your CAS deposit by emailing the International Admissions team at

Details of the University’s refund policy can be found here.  


I am unsure about studying in the UK and would like to speak to someone about my options. Who can I speak to?

Our friendly team of advisors are here to help support you throughout your journey to the University of Lincoln. If you have a question or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via the details below.

Telephone: +44 (0)1522 308108  WhatsApp: +44 7732708578

Our telephone lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Email: or use our online enquiry form.




Contact the International Office

Our dedicated International Office and enquiries team are available to help answer any questions you may have about studying at the University of Lincoln.

Tel: +44 (0)1522 308108

Our telephone lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Email: or use our online enquiry form.

WhatsApp: +44 7732708578