Information for students

Page last updated 19/11/2020

International students

Information for international students around the potential impact of coronavirus on their travel, visas and assessment arrangements.

International students' FAQs

Our advice for international students travelling from overseas for the Spring term is to consider whether you, in fact, need to travel to the UK at this time, particularly if your course does not require you to be on campus from 4 January. You should consider delaying your travel plans if these can be rearranged.

If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Our University provides free 10-day accommodation for international students.

You must also have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England. Read about travel and transport measures in place to protect England from coronavirus.

We will be updating this page with answers to the most frequently asked questions, including links to the latest advice and guidance. We will email students if the guidance changes.

This is a challenging time for all of us, but please be assured we will continue to do everything we can to maintain a safe study environment and to provide you with a learning experience that will enable you to succeed on your course, and ultimately in your career.

Please contact our international team on if you have any questions about how this affects you.

Government travel advice to and from the UK is being regularly updated. From 5 January 2021 the UK Government is advising against all international travel unless it is essential.

International travel is increasingly restricted, and the UK Government now requires you to have a negative Covid-19 test before you can board a plane to travel. It is not currently possible to get a test from the NHS if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus. You can search online for private Covid-19 testing in Leeds.

We also recommend that you contact your national embassy for advice and information on travelling home. You could also contact your airline to find out what is required from passengers in terms of certification when entering your home country. We also request that you inform your Course Administrator and the SIAC team ( if you choose to return home during term time. Please include your student ID number in the e-mail.

If your visa is due to expire, please contact SIAC team ( for further guidance.

As an enrolled student, it is essential that you engage with your studies by attending all the classes, lectures, tutorials and other sessions indicated on your timetable. You do not have to get your timetable signed. Attendance can be online, face to face classes or a combination of both depending on the requirements of your course. Failure to fully engage with your course without providing a satisfactory explanation to your School may result in you being marked as ‘Unauthorised Absence’.

To ensure that you are marked as present for your on-line classes, you must log in at the time that the classes are scheduled and follow any guidance from your School regarding attendance / engagement monitoring. If you develop any symptoms of Covid-19, you must not come onto campus and should inform your Course Administrator of your absence. Please also provide your information on the following online form

Please contact Student Immigration Advice & Compliance.

We will continue to review UKVI published guidance and update when able to do so.

The Government is recommending that all students take two free lateral flow tests for Covid-19 before returning for any in-person, on campus teaching or before they use any campus facilities. The test is for those with no symptoms.

You can choose to pay for an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to isolate from day 6. More information on the Test to Release scheme is available on the Government website.