COVID-19: Information for International Applicants and Offer Holders - October 2021 Intake

Supporting You on Your Journey to Lincoln

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Lincoln in October. To help you prepare for your journey to the UK and to campus, this page contains important information regarding:

  • The rules and regulations set out by the UK Government which travellers arriving into England from abroad must follow
  • The help and support the University of Lincoln will be providing to new international students joining the University this year

This page also contains answers to a range of frequently asked questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and studying at the University of Lincoln. We encourage you to read the information carefully and to let us know if you have any questions.

Please note that the information on this page is subject to change without notice, and we encourage you to carefully check the UK Government’s latest guidelines for passengers arriving in the UK before you travel. This page was last updated on 24/5/21.

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Preparing for your Journey to the UK

To help contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has introduced a range of measures that travellers arriving into England must follow.

Take a Covid-19 Test Before you Travel

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test result before traveling to the UK. The test must be taken in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.

You will need to show the test results when you check in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry. You may also be required to show your test result when you arrive in the UK. Further information regarding the type of COVID-19 test you must take can be found by visiting the UK Government website.

Complete the Passenger Locator Form

Before travelling to the UK, you must also complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form must be completed 48 hours before you travel.

You will need to show your completed form when you check in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry to 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.

The information you provide on the form will be used to contact you if someone you travelled with develops coronavirus symptoms. It may also be used to check that you are self-isolating.

It is a criminal offence to provide false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your Passenger Locator Form. You could be fined, imprisoned or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.

To find out more information about the Passenger Locator Form, and to complete it before you travel to the UK, please visit the UK Government website.

Traffic Light System

In addition to taking a COVID-19 test and Completing the Passenger Locator Form, you must follow the UK Government’s Traffic Light System.

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

If you have travelled from, or through, a Red List country in the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK, you must:

  • Quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel in the UK (the day you arrive in England counts as day 0)
  • Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 of quarantining

The cost of the hotel quarantine and Covid-19 test package is £1,750 which you will need to pay prior to arriving in the UK. To find out more about the Red List, the hotel quarantine process and how to make a booking, please visit the UK Government website.

To help support students who have travelled from, or through, a Red List country, the University of Lincoln will reimburse the cost of the managed quarantine hotel (£1,750) after enrolment. The University will also provide a free transfer service from the quarantine hotel to Lincoln.

If you are travelling from a Red list country, we encourage you to arrive in the UK by Thursday 23rd September. This will enable you to complete the 10-day self-isolation period before the start of Welcome Week on Monday 4th October.

For information regarding the support available, please email studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk

Please note that the support detailed is only available to new arriving students, and does not include family and dependants.

If you arrive in the UK from an Amber List country, you will need to quarantine for a 10-day period in your accommodation. You must also book and pay for two Covid-19 tests which you must take on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 of the 10-day quarantine period.

If you are travelling from an Amber list country, we encourage you to arrive at the University of Lincoln by Thursday 23rd September. This will enable you to complete the 10-day self-isolation period before the start of Welcome Week on Monday 4th October.

You will need to book and pay for the two Covid-19 tests before you travel to the UK. To find out more about the Amber List, and to book and pay for your Covid-19 tests please visit the UK Government website.

To help support students arriving from Amber List countries, the University of Lincoln will reimburse the cost of the Covid-19 test package. The University will also provide a free airport transfer service to Lincoln.

If you have chosen and arranged University of Lincoln managed accommodation for the duration of your studies, you will be entitled to 10-days of free accommodation during the quarantine period. Please note that this option is only available to students who arrive prior to the programme start date and are travelling from an Amber List country.

Students who are staying in University of Lincoln managed accommodation throughout the 10-day quarantine period will be provided with a free welcome pack consisting of bedding, towels and toiletries, and kitchen equipment, including a rice cooker. Students will also receive a free welcome pack of dry food ingredients and a £60 supermarket voucher to help order groceries.

International Students who are staying in privately managed accommodation will also be entitled to receive a £60 supermarket voucher to help order groceries.

For information regarding the support available, please email studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk

Please note that the support detailed is only available to new arriving students, and does not include family and dependants.

If you arrive in the UK from a Green List country, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

You must book and pay for your Covid-19 test prior to travelling to the UK. To help support students arriving from Green List countries, the University of Lincoln will reimburse the cost of the COVID-19 test after you have enrolled. The University will also provide a free airport transfer service.

To find out more about the Green List, and to book and pay for your Covid-19 test, please visit the UK Government website.

For information regarding the support available, please email studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk

Please note that the support detailed is only available to new arriving students, and does not include family and dependants.

Hotel Pick-up and Airport Transfer Service

If you would like to use the University’s free airport transfer service, please visit our Travelling to Lincoln webpage. For more information on arranging your transfer from a quarantine hotel to Lincoln, please contact the University’s Student Support Centre by emailing internationalwelcome@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

We have provided answers below to a range of frequently asked questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on studying at the University of Lincoln.

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 and tests as equivalents 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 intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

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 intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Can I study remotely from my home country?

We understand that students may be concerned about whether they will be able to travel to the UK in October 2021 due to current travel restrictions. 

On July 1, 2021 the UK Government announced that there will be an extension to the Covid-19 visa concessions, which allow distance and blended learning if needed. 

At Lincoln, this means that postgraduate taught students who are unable to physically arrive in the UK for the start of their studies later this year may be permitted to begin their course online in their home country. PGT students who choose to take this option must arrive at the University of Lincoln no later than the start of Semester B in February, 2022.

While this option is available to the majority of postgraduate taught students, there are some exceptions. Practical elements on the following programmes mean they cannot take place through distance learning:

  • MSc Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice
  • MSc Counselling
  • MSc Sports Therapy
  • MSc Sport Science
  • Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies
  • MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage
  • MSc Microbiology
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour

Students on the above courses must physically arrive on campus to enrol at the start of October.

Can I study remotely from my home country?

We understand that students may be concerned about whether they will be able to travel to the UK in October 2021 due to current travel restrictions. The University are currently awaiting guidance from the Home Office regarding whether distance learning will be permitted in the academic year 2021/22. Subject to the publication of Home Office rules, we will support students who are unable to travel to the UK by offering the option to complete semester A overseas. Further information will follow once a Home Office announcement has been made to confirm what options may be available.

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 gov.uk 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.

I no longer wish to study in the UK in October, can I defer my place to a later date? 

Yes, it may be possible to defer your offer of a place to our February 2022 or October 2022 intake. To do so, please email our International Admissions team at intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk. 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 intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

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: internationalenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk or use our online enquiry form.

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

Email: internationalenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk or use our online enquiry form
Tel: +44 (0)1522 308108
WhatsApp: +44 7868089210

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Email: international@lincoln.ac.uk