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. 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 27/09/2021.

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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.

If you arrived in England before 4 October 2021, you must follow the current rules. This means you must book and take any Covid-19 tests you need and follow the quarantine rules that are in place at the time you arrive in England. An overview of the current rules and the help and support provided by the University of Lincoln can be found below.

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 rate for bookings made on or before 11 August 2021 is £1,750 which you will need to pay prior to arriving in the UK. For bookings made on or after 4am on 12 August 2021 the rate is £2,285. 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/£2,285) 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.

From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.

If you are intending to arrive in England from 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, we encourage you to read the information below.

From 4am Monday 4 October, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:

  • under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to:

  • mix 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  • have the 2 vaccinations under two different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada.

Until 4 October, mixed vaccines are only permitted if you are vaccinated under the UK, Europe, USA or UK overseas vaccination programme.

The  rules for fully vaccinated people will also apply if you are either:

  • under 18 and resident in the UK or one of the listed countries or territories with approved vaccination programmes
  • taking part in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK, Australia, Canada, or the USA

If you qualify as fully vaccinated you will have to:

  • book and pay for a day 2 Covid-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

Under the new rules, you will not need to:

  • take a pre-departure test
  • take a day 8 Covid-19 test
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:

  • forename and surname(s)
  • date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding.

If you are fully vaccinated in the USA, you will also need to prove that you are a resident of the USA.

If you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules.

To help support students, the University of Lincoln will reimburse, after enrolment, the cost of the Covid-19 test that you must take after arriving in England. To arrange your reimbursement, please email the University’s Student Support Centre at studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk.

The University of Lincoln will also provide a free airport transfer service.

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

From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you:

  • do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
  • are partially vaccinated
  • are not vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

To help support students, the University of Lincoln will reimburse the cost of the Covid-19 tests that must be taken after arriving in the UK. The University will also provide a free airport transfer service to Lincoln.

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.

Students who are staying in privately managed accommodation will also be entitled to receive a £60 supermarket voucher to help order groceries. For further 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 members or dependants.

From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you are:

  • fully vaccinated
  • partially vaccinated
  • not vaccinated

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you must do the following before travelling to England:

When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 Covid-19 tests.

To help support students who are required to quarantine on arrival in the UK, the University of Lincoln will reimburse the cost of the managed quarantine hotel after enrolment. The University will also provide a free transfer service from the quarantine hotel to Lincoln.

To arrange your free hotel transfer and to find out more about the reimbursement process, please email the University’s Student Support Centre at studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk.

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

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COVID-19 and the 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.

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.

Can I receive a Covid-19 vaccination in the UK?

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

We strongly encourage students to register with a GP as soon as possible on arrival into England. Further information regarding accessing Covid-19 vaccines can be found on the NHS England Covid-19 vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions page.

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.

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Can We Help?

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