Information and Guidance for International Students
As we look ahead to the new academic year in September 2021, below you will find the latest information and advice on travelling to the UK and arrangements within our colleges and accommodation.
Travelling to the UK
The government has issued guidelines for all travellers arriving in the UK. The following guidance applies to all students travelling to MPW from their home countries, except those who have been in, or, travelled through, red list countries (see below for further information). What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. The UK Government has classified countries and territories as red, amber or green and instructions on what you must do if you have been in those countries or territories.
Before travelling to the UK
- You need to provide proof of a negative Covid test, taken no more than three days before the flight.
- You must also book UK government Covid tests before departure. These tests take place on day 2 and day 8 after arrival in the UK. The tests can be booked here and cost £210.
- Complete a passenger locator form
After arriving in the UK
- You must isolate (quarantine) for 10 days from the date you arrive in the UK.
- You will take Covid tests at day 2 and day 8 after your arrival date. If you test positive for Covid on either test, you will need to isolate for 10 days from the day after you took the test.
- In addition, you can choose to take an optional test at day 5 after your arrival date (called the ‘Test to Release’ scheme). If this test is negative, you no longer need to isolate.
- We recommend completing your isolation in your KSS accommodation or you can choose to isolate at a home address. There is no requirement to isolate in a hotel.
Red list countries
If you are a UK or Irish national, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter from a red list country, but you must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
If you have been in, or travelled via, any red list countries in the 10 days prior to your arrival in the UK, you will be refused entry unless you have residence rights in the UK (view the latest list of Red List countries). Please note that the red list currently includes the UAE and Qatar, which are hubs for air routes into the UK.
When will MPW colleges be open for face-to-face teaching?
Our colleges are open for face to face teaching.
When should international students return to MPW?
You can return to college now. If you are currently outside the UK, we recommend travelling back and completing the isolation period, as soon as practicable. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of seeing your friends, being part of the wider MPW community and getting back into the classroom. It will also reduce the chances of being impacted by any further changes to travel rules.
When will KSS student accommodation open?
KSS accommodation will open at midday (BST) on Monday 6th of September.
Can I complete my isolation in KSS accommodation?
Yes, we recommend this as the best option for students returning to the UK (except those from red list countries). Our trained residence staff are ready to support you whilst isolating and help you to access your Covid testing as required. We can also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for £25 per day, or at a reduced cost if you are already on our meal plan.
Who do I speak to about my return to college?
Please contact your Director of Studies/Personal Tutor and KSS to discuss your plans for returning to the college and your accommodation.
Will I be tested for Covid-19?
Yes, you will be tested for Covid-19 upon your return to face-to-face teaching. Testing will continue to take place every three to five days.Each college has large stocks of testing kits.
Do I need to wear a face covering in the college?
In line with current UK government guidance, face coverings are no longer required to be worn in classrooms or communal areas. However students can, of course, choose to wear a face covering should they wish.
Do I need to wear a face covering in KSS accommodation?
You will be required to wear a face covering in all shared spaces at KSS such as kitchens and common rooms, unless exempt.
What Covid safety measures are in place in the colleges?
In addition to face coverings and the testing programme, we have put in place extensive measures to help keep you safe, including a one-way system, hand sanitiser stations and a programme of deep cleaning.
What safety measures are in place in KSS accommodation?
In addition to face covering requirements, we are limiting the number of students in shared spaces at one time, providing hand sanitiser stations in all building and a regular deep cleaning programme operates in all our accommodation.
Will online learning continue?
Yes, we will continue to provide online access to your full timetable of lessons, any associated assessments and pastoral support into the summer term. Our online provision, should it be required, will continue into the 2021/22 academic year.
However, we do strongly recommend that exam year students and those studying practical subjects (e.g. the arts and the sciences) attend face to face teaching to maximise their exam preparations, where possible. All exam year students will be required to sit exams in person, in the UK, in summer 2022.
How is the UK managing Covid-19?
The UK has a world-leading vaccination programme – by the end of May, nearly three quarters of the adult population had received at least one dose of a vaccine against Covid-19. All UK adults are expected to receive at least one dose of a vaccine by 31st July 2021.
The government has also published a roadmap for the easing of Covid restrictions in the coming weeks and months. The target date for removing restrictions entirely is 21st June 2021.
Will I receive a Covid vaccine in the UK?
Yes, the UK government has confirmed that international students registered with a GP will be eligible to receive a vaccine against Covid-19, in the same way, and meeting the same criteria as UK residents.