international student arrival

Information on visas, self-isolation, arriving in the UK, starting your course, what support is available and more.

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Page last updated 18/02/2021

Updated advice regarding international student arrival

The UK Government has announced new testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules in effect from 15 February. Read more about the new rules and full guidance on the government website. 

From 15 February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man) must:

  • self-isolate for 10 days
  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining
  • follow the national lockdown rules

You should follow separate guidance if you've been in a country where travel to the UK is banned. 

What to do before you travel

  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
  • book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine
  • complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number

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. You should consider delaying your travel plans if these can be rearranged.

We will be updating the information on the Coronavirus webpages with answers to the most frequently asked questions. We will email all applicants 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. We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds Beckett University.

Download your international student arrival guide

This guide contains helpful tips on what to do before you arrive, when you get here, and beyond. 

get the support you need

We know that coming to university this year is more challenging than ever before. Looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing is so important. We are here for you - please get in touch with our International Social Network and our friendly support team will be able to help you get the help you need. 

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