Information for International students

We have prepared the following additional FAQs for our students abroad travelling back to the UK to study. These FAQs should be read in conjunction with the other FAQs accessible here. Keep following our social media posts and checking your emails for updates. If you have any concerns, please email student.centre@bucks.ac.uk. We're here to support you.

All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours prior to travel and to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival to the UK regardless of your test result.

If you arrive in England from a country on the travel ban list (sometimes called the ‘red list’), you’ll need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days. Before you travel, you’ll need to book and pay for your hotel room and two COVID-19 tests to take during your stay (a cost of £1,750).

If you’re coming from a country not on the banned travel list, you’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days and book two COVID-19 tests (at a cost of £210) in the form of a test pack that you will need to take while isolating. View the latest government guidance here on how to book quarantine hotels and tests.

If you are a student abroad and are travelling back to the UK, you should also:

There are travel restrictions on passengers arriving in the UK from a number of countries. View the full ‘red list’ of travel ban countries.

People who have been in – or transited through – the countries listed in the last 10 days will not be granted access to the UK.

This does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

People with residence rights include holders of an entry visa meaning that you are still able to enter the UK with a student visa. View the foreign travel guidance for affected countries.

The government has confirmed that if you arrive in England from a country on the travel ban ‘red list, you’ll need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days. Before you travel, you’ll need to book and pay for your hotel room and two COVID-19 tests to take during your stay.

If you’re coming from a country not on the travel ban ‘red list’, you’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days and book two COVID-19 tests, in the form of test pack that you will need to take while isolating. View the latest government guidance here on how to book quarantine hotels and tests.

You’ll need to self-isolate and take two COVID-19 tests (day 2 and day 8) using your travel testing package. You must remain in your accommodation. This is a legal requirement and breaches of the rules carry penalties of significant police fines.

Please notify the Student Centre so that they can ensure that you are supported through your quarantine.

While you are in your quarantine:

  • Order online and get your food delivered. Do not go out shopping even for food.
  • Do not go out to meet others or allows non household members into your accommodation
  • Continue your studies online – do not leave your accommodation to come onto campus
  • Contact the Student Centre if you need financial support – you are not able to go out to your place of work
  • Exercise in your accommodation or take part in online gym sessions

Once you have completed your isolation period, you are strongly encouraged to take the free weekly lateral flow tests at the University testing centre if you live in halls or are coming onto our campuses for self-study, practical work or face-to-face teaching. This will protect you, your fellow students, university staff and the local community – read more here.

You must not go for lateral flow tests until you have competed your full quarantine period.

The University recognises that these additional mandatory charges could place a further financial burden on our international students and is here to support you coming back to the UK to recommence your hybrid curriculum or to attend the university to continue your learning and access essential facilities.
  • Costs of travel test packs will be reimbursed by the University up until 31st May 2021 subject to conditions
  • This funding is limited to once per student travelling back to the UK
  • Proof of flight booked in your name and purchase of the travel pack is required
  • Proof of hardship (providing bank statements as evidence) is also required

Please contact the Student Centre and they will explain how to make an application for funding and the additional criteria that will be considered.