We are committed to providing you with an outstanding education while ensuring your health, safety and wellbeing is our top priority.

For the next academic year, there will be a mixture of face-to-face on-campus learning, teaching and social activities, supported by some online activity. 

We will be providing a range of academic and wellbeing support to help you settle into university life and the Students’ Union are planning an exciting programme of events throughout the year.

We expect that all international students will be able to start their course on campus and on time for the new academic year. However, if you are unable to travel to the UK in time due to exceptional circumstances please contact international@canterbury.ac.uk for support.  

Those international students coming to the UK from overseas need to check the latest information on country risk levels before travelling. 

Before arriving in the UK, all students should:
• check the very latest information on entering the UK
• understand your vaccination status
• check if you are travelling here from a red list country

Travel from a non-red list country if you are fully vaccinated

You will be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of international travel if you can demonstrate that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

Please check if you have had an approved vaccine, if you are fully vaccinated and what proof you will need here.

Before you travel to England fully vaccinated you must:

 

When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated:

 

  • After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. You must book this test before you travel

Travel from a non-red list country if you are not fully vaccinated 

Before you travel to England, not fully vaccinated you must:

 

When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated:

 

Travel from a red list country

If you need to follow red list rules, you must do so if you are fully vaccinated or not. 

Before you travel to England

 

 

When you arrive in England

Remember, as soon as you arrive to confirm you address details with ukvi.Compliance@canterbury.ac.uk. 

If you are unable to travel to the UK in time due to exceptional circumstances or you have any questions, please contact  international@canterbury.ac.uk.  

We will continue to support those international students already in the UK in line with the latest government guidance.

Please note that any students returning to on-campus face-to-face teaching need to follow the recommendations for COVID-19 asymptomatic testing.

The University has an extensive network of specialist support available and we invite you to make use of any service you feel is relevant to your needs. For information click here.

If you have any money concerns or are experiencing financial hardship please speak to our Student Wellbeing Advisers for support and advice. You can contact our Advisers by email: studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk. Virtual Drop-ins are held from Monday- Friday, between 12 noon and 1pm (via Blackboard).

We are also working with the Salvation Army in Canterbury to provide students with food parcels as and when required.

 

If you have to quarantine in the place you're studying, got symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 we are here to support you to stay safe and continue with your studies as much as possible. For details click here. 

If you need to self-isolate, please inform the University as soon as possible by completing this form .

If you are self-isolating in our University accommodation we offer a range of support including:

  • An initial welfare call from the accommodation team.
  • Support for you to arrange food deliveries including online shopping and takeaways.
  • An option to purchase subsidised meals to be delivered by the University at £5 for 3 meals per day.
  • A supply of essential cleaning materials for those who test positive.

As a household contact or close contact you have to self-isolate unless you are exempt because:

  • you are fully vaccinated*
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

* Please note that fully vaccinated for this purpose means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

 

Regular testing will help to break the chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure your safety on campus. Click here for more information. 

Please note these tests cannot be used as part of the government's entry requirements into the UK for those who have travelled from overseas. 

However all students on campus are expected to take an asymptomatic test twice a week. 

In addition to immigration advice available at the University, students have access to UKCISA’s confidential helpline, (+4420 7788 9214) which is open Monday to Friday (except for public holidays), 1.00pm to 4.00pm (UK time) – all advice given is in the strictest confidence; no information is ever shared.

Christ Church International Society

Why not consider getting involved in our International Society? This is a new, student-led group looking for members to help devise a fun and interactive programme. If you would like to host an event, or contribute to the International Society in another way, please contact us by emailing international@canterbury.ac.uk

Virtual intercultural exchanges

HOST UK Virtual Visits promote international friendships by offering digital cultural exchanges. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people in the local community and learn more about traditional British culture.

Request a student peer mentor

Whatever your circumstances, we can link you with a fellow student who has been in your shoes and can offer you support from their shared experience. Our peer mentors can be first, second or third years as well as postgraduate students who are trained to provide a safe and confidential space for new students to talk freely and ask questions providing reassurance and guidance to help you to settle in.

International students and Covid-19 vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud. More information on COVID-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website here.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

You should approach your local GP practice, saying you would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn.

You are encouraged to register with a GP and get an NHS number. An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

It is possible to request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local GP practice.

While registration with a GP is encouraged, you can also request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service, hence you are encouraged to register with a GP.

However, you can still book your vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with your NHS number if you have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

If you have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, you should be offered the most similar alternative as per the advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). You should check with a GP that you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second dose.

To travel into the UK

You will be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of international travel if you can demonstrate that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

Please check if you have had an approved vaccine, if you are fully vaccinated and what proof you will need here.

To be exempt from self-isolation as a close contact

Anyone who is identified as a close contact of a positive case by NHS Test & Trace should self-isolate

They do not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months or not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons. When contacting anyone, NHS Test & Trace will check whether they are legally required to self-isolate.

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

 

 

Please visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, and www.gov.uk for information on COVID restrictions.