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.

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 students are unable to arrive on-campus for the start of their course on Monday 15 February, they can enrol and begin their classes on-line in their home country. Students must arrive on the University campus on or before Saturday 10 April. Students will not be allowed to arrive after this date. If you 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. 

To help contain the spread of Covid-19, the UK Government have introduced a range of new measures that travellers arriving into the country must follow. Please see further details below.

Take a Covid-19 Test Before you Travel

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test before traveling to the UK. If your test result is positive you must not travel. The test must be taken in the 3 days before you depart and the results will need to be in English, French or Spanish.

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.

You could be fined £500 when you arrive at the border if you cannot provide proof that you have had a negative coronavirus test.

Further information regarding the type of Covid-19 test you must take can be found on the UK Government website.

Pre-book your Covid-19 Travel Testing Package Before you Travel

From Monday 15 February, travellers entering England from outside the Common Travel Area must take a Covid-19 test on day 2, and day 8 of the 10-day self-isolation period.

The Covid-19 travel test package costs £210 which you will be required to pay before you travel to the UK. To help support students, the University of Lincoln will reimburse the £210 fee when you arrive at the University. Please email the University’s Student Support Centre team at within 14 days of arriving in the UK to arrange your reimbursement.  

To find out more about the Covid-19 tests that you must take when you arrive in the UK, and to pre-book before you travel, please visit the UK Government website.

It is important that you pre-book and pay for the Travel Testing Package before you travel to the UK.

I am in the UK and have not received the Covid-19 test package

If you have arrived in the UK but have not received the Covid-19 test package, please check to see if the payment has been authorised by your bank.  

If the payment has been declined, please inform your bank that you will be making a further payment to CTM, and then rebook via the booking system:  

If it is suspended or pending,  please ask your bank to authorise the payment. If your payment has been authorised and you still have not received the test package, please contact CTM directly either by phone: +44 1274 726424 or by email:

If you would like further support, please contact the Student Support Centre either by phone: 01522 837080 or by email:  

Travel Ban List

To help stop the spread of potentially harmful variants of Covid-19 into the UK, more stringent measures are in place for people who have travelled from or passed through certain countries.

If you are a British or Irish national, or third country national with residence rights in the UK, and you have been in or passed through a ‘red list’ country in the 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless you are exempt.

You will be considered a third country national with residence rights if you have a Tier 4/new student visa or have pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Please note however, that you will not be allowed to use the Test to Release Scheme to end self-isolation early.

The cost of hotel quarantine is £1,750 which you will need to pay prior to arriving in the UK. This cost includes transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.

If you are required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, the University of Lincoln will reimburse you the £1,750 fee. Please contact within 14 days of completing the quarantine period to arrange a reimbursement. 

To find out more about the hotel quarantine process and to make a booking, please visit the UK Government website.

You will only be required to stay in a quarantine hotel if you have travelled from, or passed through, a country on the red list in the 10 days before you travel to the UK.

Complete the Passenger Locator Form

Before travelling to the UK, you will be required to complete a passenger locator form. This must be completed 48 hours before you travel. 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.

Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, 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.

Self-Isolate When You Arrive in the UK

When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to your accommodation and self-isolate for a period of 10 days. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the passenger locator form. You will only be permitted to leave your place of self-isolation under certain circumstances during the 10-day period. Further information regarding how to self-isolate, and what you can and cannot do, can be found on the UK Government website.

You may be fined up to £10,000 if you do not self-isolate when you are required to.

The University of Lincoln offers a free airport transfer service for new arriving students from overseas. To make a reservation, please complete the Airport Transfer to Lincoln Booking Form.

If you have booked onto the University’s airport transfer service, you will be contacted by the Student Support Centre team regarding your eligibility for a £60 supermarket shopping voucher. This is to help new students order groceries online while they are self-isolating in their accommodation in Lincoln. Students who are making their own way to Lincoln should contact the Student Support Centre on to enquire about their eligibility for the online shopping voucher within 14 days of their arrival in Lincoln.

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.

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 students are unable to arrive on-campus for the start of their course on Monday 15 February, they can enrol and begin their classes on-line in their home country. Students must arrive on the University campus on or before Saturday 10 April. Students will not be allowed to arrive after this date. If you have any questions regarding enrolling please email

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.

The information in this section is correct as of Monday 15 February (2021) and is subject to change without notice. We encourage you to visit the UK Government website for the most up-to-date information prior to travelling to the UK.


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.

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