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Moving to another country as an international student is a big step and we appreciate you want to know exactly what plans we are putting in place to support your arrival this year. These are, of course, unprecedented times that we are all living in, but we want you to know that we are planning an academic experience for you in 2022 that will ensure your learning and cultural experience will not only be safe, but also highly rewarding and valuable for your future career. It may initially look a little different, but we are taking as much as we can from the traditional experience and adding some new and exciting elements.

In the table below, you will find information about all stages of our plan for students starting in 2022

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18+ in the UK free of charge, international students included, provided they are registered with a GP in England. Students who have only had one dose of the vaccine before traveling should speak to their UK GP for guidance prior to booking an additional vaccination.  If the student has evidence of the first vaccine and it is also supported in the UK, the NHS can provide the second vaccination.  If a student has taken a first vaccination not supported in the UK, the GP would assess on a case by case basis whether the student would be offered one or two vaccinations.

Get your COVID-19 Vaccination!

NHS England has launched a campaign to encourage GP registration and ensure no one is missed during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Everyone living in England (including international and EU students) is entitled to register with a GP and you should register near to where you are studying, even if you are already registered at your permanent home address. People can also register if they do not know or do not have an NHS number.

Information on registering with a doctor in the UK can be found on Portal here:

Public Health England have published a guide to clarify any questions students may have: COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ's

Applications for the 2022/23 academic year

We are delighted that you are considering the University of Chester as your preferred overseas study destination. More international students have applied to study with us in 2021/22 than ever before, so join us and become part of our diverse and vibrant international community next year.

Applications for our September/October 2022 intake are now open, and we encourage you to apply.    

For guidance on how to apply as an international student please visit the How to Apply page. Important: We are aware that many offer holders are currently struggling to find availability for English language tests such as IELTS in order to satisfy the English language condition of their offer. We are pleased to inform you that the University of Chester has its own in-house online English language test, which offer holders can take online and for free. The UoCELT test assesses all four areas of English language proficiency, and is recognised for visa purposes for entry to the University.

CAS and Visa arrangements

Most international students will need to apply for a student visa before travelling to the UK to start their studies. We currently expect that our new international students will be able to join their programmes as planned in 2021 and onwards, depending on the individual start dates of their programmes.

The International Centre will issue CAS as normal to offer holders who have satisfied all entry conditions and who have paid either a minimum financial deposit, have confirmed student loans or have demonstrated financial sponsorship to the University to secure their place. We expect offer holders who are in possession of a University of Chester CAS to apply for their student visa at the earliest opportunity.

UK Visa Application Centres (VAC) are operational in most countries worldwide. For updates to the status of VACs in each country you should access the appropriate commercial partner website:

Starting your studies

We expect and are planning to welcome international students to the UK, joining the University’s blended approach to teaching and learning in the 2022 academic year (more information on our blended approach can be found below).

For those students who have been issued a CAS and who have been granted a student visa to study at the University of Chester in 2022, we do expect them to travel to the UK at the earliest opportunity.  However, we also understand that travelling to the UK may not be possible at the very start of the academic year for some students, due to delays in visa applications, travel restrictions that may be temporarily in place, or other administrative reasons.

As a result, the University can support students starting online across some programmes* and when they are able to travel to the UK they can join in-person sessions.  Please note, students will be unable to study for the entire academic year online only. They must commit to studying in-person (with some online teaching) at the University of Chester and travel to the UK as soon as they are able to. The University wishes to be clear with students, that the need for temporary online study is related to the impact of restrictions only and not a matter of personal choice. Students who cannot move from an online start to blended learning with in-person sessions at the University can choose to defer/suspend to the next available intake or request a refund.

*Restrictions apply.  Please visit for arrival deadline updates.  

Engaging with your studies

All applicants and students of the University of Chester must be aware and remember that the University expects all students, regardless of their location, to fully engage with all University requirements regarding the induction and enrolment process, payment of fees and fully engaging with teaching and learning activities, whether these activities are face to face or online.

Under UKVI rules such engagement will be monitored by the University.  Failure to engage will result in a withdrawal of the University CAS/student visa, or a refusal by the University to issue a CAS to a student who intends to transition to in-person study having already started their studies online.

This guidance and our arrangements for the next academic year will remain under constant review as Government restrictions ease or tighten, ensuring that the health, wellbeing and safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of our decision making.

Tuition fees 2021/22 -  Payments

The University has amended its financial terms and conditions to provide as much flexibility for new international students as possible this coming year, in particular for those students who begin their studies wholly online.

Under normal circumstances, new international students are required to pay at least 50% of the remaining post-deposit tuition fee balance in order to formally enrol at the University. This payment is in addition to the minimum tuition fee deposit students pay to the University in order to secure a place and satisfy all entry conditions during the admissions process.

In 2021/22, the above payment schedule will still apply to all new students, regardless of whether they travel to the UK and enrol on their programme during the normal arrival window for their programme, or if they enrol and begin their formal teaching and learning online.

Tuition fees 2021/22 -  Refunds

Updated September 9th, 2021: The University has amended its refund policy for new international students planning to join during the 2021/22 academic year, reflecting the various circumstances in which students may find themselves.  The important aspects to note are:

  • Offer holders are eligible for a full tuition fee deposit refund at any point of the admissions process if they have not received a CAS from the University and have not yet enrolled for either online or in-person studies.
  • Students who are granted a student visa, and who travel to the UK and enrol on their programme during the normal arrival window for their programme, will adhere to the University’s standard policy relating to payments and refunds, which can be found here.
  • Students who begin their formal teaching and learning online will receive a full refund of any tuition fee payments made to the University (less a £150 administration fee) if they are physically unable to transition to the UK to continue their studies, but only in the following circumstances:
    • Where a student's visa application was unsuccessful on any grounds, except where fraudulent documentation was given as a reason for the refusal by the Home Office; or
    • Where a student is unable to physically travel to the UK for reasons outside their control, for example as a result of travelling restrictions in place either in the UK or in their home country;
  • Students who are granted a student visa but subsequently do not travel to the UK to enrol, no deposit shall be refunded.

Definition of unable to physically travel to the UK: 

This will apply to student unable to travel to the UK because of regulations in the student's home country or no travel options being available (i.e. flights).  

It does not mean students from 'red list' countries not willing to travel to the UK to quarantine in a government managed hotel.  Though the University will take a view on this on a case by case basis, i.e. if a student has paid a deposit before the country was put on the red list.  

Students unwilling to travel to the UK:

If a student is able but unwilling to travel to the UK, they would not be entitled to a refund.

However, the University will allow the student to pause their study and continue from the same point next financial year without any additional charge.  In addition, the student will be charged to the point they wish to pause their study.  Therefore, if they have failed, not submitted or need to re-do a module, this will lead to additional charges.  

Arrival, Induction and Enrolment

Social and academic integration before travelling to the UK

You will have the opportunity to get a taste of Chester and the chance to network with your new friends and classmates before you even arrive in the UK. Our pre-arrivals activities will include interactive Q&As, social and cultural activities, virtual tours and more. Details of the Pre-arrival Events will be emailed to you directly and can also been viewed on our Pre-arrival site, PASS found here  

You will be invited to the international starters group on Facebook, and can participate in live chat events to further engage with fellow international students and International Centre staff. 

Travelling to the UK

The rules for international travel to England will be dependent on your vaccination status, unless you are travelling from a country on the UK's designated 'red list'.  

Travel if you are fully vaccinated 

You will only qualify as fully vaccinated if you've received  a full course of an approved vaccine. A full list of country-specific approved vaccines can be found here.

Under the new rules, you will need to:


Travel if you are not fully vaccinated 

If you are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or fully vaccinated from a country not listed above, you are still considered ‘not fully vaccinated,’ and will need to quarantine in private or University accommodation on arrival.   

As such, before you travel to England you must: 

After you arrive in England you must quarantine in your own private accommodation, or purchase a University supported quarantine package (see below) for 10 days, and take the day 2 and day 8 tests.   


Red List Arrivals 

Red country arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, and their travel test package will include a test on BOTH DAYS TWO AND EIGHT.  The Department for Education has published an FAQ guide to help explain the managed quarantine service.   


Important Information 

If you have any transit stops through a red list country, you will need to adhere to the red list UK arrival policy (see above). 

If you have a stopover on your way to the UK, please ensure you research that country’s own COVID safety travel requirements, as additional steps may be needed in order to transit through other airports. 

Keep us informed: Please contact immediately if you test positive. 


International Arrivals Form 

All overseas students must provide their arrival details to the University before travelling to the UK by completing the International Arrivals Form.  


Self-isolation and Airport Transfer 

We have developed a supported quarantine package for international students, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. This is for single travellers only; students arriving with partners or families will need to secure private accommodation for the quarantine period. 

The supported quarantine package includes: 

  • Personal taxi collection from Manchester airport  

  • Up to 11 nights stay in University owned, standard self-catered accommodation, which includes a private bedroom and en-suite bathroom with shared kitchen facilities  

  • Food pack 

  • Kitchen pack  

  • Recorded pre-departure self-isolation briefing  

  • Online support from other students during the quarantine period  

  • Ongoing support from the University Wellbeing Team  

  • Out of hours emergency support. 

Book your quarantine package 

Induction and formative teaching and learning

Induction in Jan/Feb 2022 and the first few weeks of the academic year will be different to our traditional induction experience, and will vary for students depending on their individual circumstances:

  • For those students who travel to the University during the normal arrival window for their programme, and who will not be required to self-isolate for a 10-day period, induction and formative teaching and learning arrangements at the beginning of the academic year will be a blended experience of both online and in-person activities and experiences. Additional details on this provision will be provided in due course.
  • For those students who travel to the University during the normal arrival window for their programme, and who will be required by the UK Government to self-isolate for a 10-day period, all induction and formative teaching and learning arrangements at the beginning of the academic year will be wholly online for that 10-day period.

Following the 10-day self-isolation period, students will transition to a blended experience of both online and in-person activities and experiences. Additional details on this provision will be provided in due course.

  • For those students who start their studies entirely online prior to travelling to the UK, and who will not be required to self-isolate for a 10-day period following the day of arrival in the UK, all induction and formative teaching and learning arrangements at the beginning of the academic year will be wholly online.

Additional induction and integration provision will be provided to students who arrive after the start of their programmes. Once students travel to the UK, they will be able to join the blended approach to teaching and learning immediately.

  • For those students who start their studies entirely online, but who then must self-isolate for a 10-day period on arrival in the UK, their teaching and learning experience during those 10-days in self-isolation will continue to be wholly online. The University is currently developing its plans for supporting students in self-isolation during the 10-day period. The University will also be mindful of your overall integration into the University of Chester community. Additional details on this will be provided in due course.

Following the 10-day self-isolation period, students will transition to a blended experience of both online and in-person activities and experiences. Additional details on this provision will be provided in due course.

The above plans will remain under constant review over the coming weeks, and we will update our guidance should anything change


As an international student, guidance on how to complete your enrolment will be sent to your personal email address prior to the start date of your course, after you've received your CAS. There are several  stages involved in the enrolment process which are listed below. 

  • Complete your online enrolment - Instructions will have been sent to your personal email address, on how to complete your online enrolment. This can be done before you arrive in the UK and can be access either via the University of Chester app or by logging on to our pre-arrival site PASS.
  • Pay your fees - To complete your enrolment you need to pay at least 50% of the remaining balance of your fees. This MUST be done regardless of where you will be commencing your studies i.e. in the UK or online overseas. The payment of fees can be done the same way you made your initial deposit and we strongly advise this is done before you travel to the UK.
  • Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – Tier 4 (General) visa holders only. Within 10 days of arriving in the UK you will need to collect your Tier 4 BRP. The location where you need to collect your BRP card from will be stated in the visa decision letter you received when your passport was returned to you. When collecting your BRP you will need to have your passport with you.

If you are required to complete a 10-day self-isolation period on arrival to the UK you must collect your BRP card within 1 working day of your self-isolation period finishing.  

If you need to collect your BRP card from the University of Chester International Centre you will need to book an appointment to do this. Appointments can be booked here and you will need your student number and password (the same you used to access PASS) to book an appointment.  

  • Submit your immigration documents to the International Centre and provide your current contact information. You will need to present the following information to the International Centre:
    • ​​Passport
    • BRP Card /Current UK visa (if applicable)
    • Current UK address, contact telephone number and email address

If you are not required to visit the International Centre in person to collect your BRP card, these documents can be submitted electronically, via email, to

For all international students, once you have travelled to the UK to must ensure you have completed all the stages of your enrolment by any specified dates communicated to you. Failure to do so will result in you being withdrawn from your studies at the University of Chester. If you are studying on a Student visa, the sponsorship of your visa will also be withdrawn.   

Enrolment delays 

If you are experiencing problems completing your online enrolment, paying your fees or collecting your BRP card please ensure you keep the International Centre updated and keep in contact with the International Centre staff at the University. Where possible, we will provide you with advice and support to help ensure your enrolment is completed on time. 

Student accommodation

You must ensure that you have booked accommodation before you travel to the UK.

We understand that some international students may have to begin their studies online in the 2021/22 academic year, and will therefore arrive at the University later than originally planned.  In order to best support students in this situation, the University is offering more flexible accommodation contract start-dates for students intending to live in university owned or partnership residential accommodation in 2021/22.

If you have paid your tuition fee deposit or made us firm on UCAS, you will be able to apply for accommodation and we recommend you do this as soon as possible.

We have a range of accommodation types available to choose from, including self and semi catered properties and studio flats. Best of all, we are able to guarantee accommodation for international students, that’s one less thing to worry about!

If you accept an accommodation offer, but are unable to arrive until later in the academic year, the University reserves the right to reallocate your accommodation.  However, please be assured that the University will still guarantee accommodation on your arrival, although it may not be the same preferred accommodation type as previously arranged. Please be aware, the later in the academic year you arrive at the University, the greater the risk of your preferred accommodation being reallocated.  

Please be aware that the Home Office can ask the University to provide details of the UK address of individual students. If you choose to live outside the Chester area (or Warrington or Shrewsbury area if your programme is based there) your visa may be at risk. To avoid such issues, students should live within close proximity to their place of study. 

Pre-arrival Site (PASS), Chester app, and getting connected on campus

PASS access here 

The University of Chester Pre-arrival site is known as PASS. Information on how to access this site will be emailed to you, along with enrolment information once you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), or confirmed your place (if you are not studying on a Student visa).  

Our PASS site will provide you with the following information: 

  • Pre-Arrival Events 
  • Induction week events and presentations 
  • Introduction to your course and academic department 
  • How to apply for a bank letter  
  • How to register with a GP 
  • How to register with the police (if necessary) 
  • How to apply for your National Insurance Number 
  • Enrolment requirements 
  • Important information about retaining your Tier 4 visa 

The University of Chester Mobile App 

Prior to arrival we would recommend downloading the University of Chester mobile app. The University of Chester mobile app provides students quick and easy access to our Pre-Arrival site, PASS tasks, Moodle (your course specific pages), and other vital information. Your personalised timetable is front and centre, so you know where you need to be, when and who is teaching. You will even be shown the location on the campus maps. The University of Chester mobile app can be downloaded here 

Getting connected on campus 

Once you arrive on campus or to your University accommodation, it is important that you connect to the University of Chester WIFI. The WIFI is free of charge and can be accessed with your student number. Information on how to access the University of Chester WIFI can be found below:  

  • Turn on your WIFI and Bluetooth  
  • Connect to => UoC WIFI 
  • Your Username = your student number 
  • Password = Cheyyyymmdd (capital C followed by the year, month and day you were born)  
Getting to the International Centre

On arrival to the UK, and once you have completed your 10-day self-isolation period (if required), you will need to visit the International Centre to complete your enrolment.

The International Centre is based in Chester City Centre. The full address of the International Centre is:

Temperance Hall, 20B George St, CH1 3EQ

Please view our location map which shows where we are in relation to the other Campus locations in Chester.

Travelling to The International Centre in Chester from Warrington Campus

Students studying at our Warrington campus can either make their own way to Chester using public transport (please note face masks are mandatory in order to travel on public transport) or you can make use of the free University of Chester shuttle bus.

The shuttle bus can be booked via the Warrington reception desk or by ringing 01925 534206. Bookings on the shuttle bus are on a first come first serve basis and can be booked up to five working days in advance.

Travelling to the International Centre in Chester from University Centre Shrewsbury campus

The quickest way to travel from our Shrewsbury campus to Chester is via train (please note face masks are mandatory in order to travel on public transport). Trains from Shrewsbury to Chester are available very regularly and the journey can take approximately 1 hour. Information on train times and prices can be found via the National Rail website. 

The International Centre is a short 15-minute walk from the train station. 

Phones and Laptops

Before leaving for the UK, especially if needing to self-isolate, it is extremely important to have sorted the following: 

Ensure your mobile phone is unlocked to accept a UK sim card. You will receive a sim card in your accommodation key pack, if you are staying in University accommodation. If you are staying in private accommodation, you are able to receive a free sim card upon your enrolment at the International Centre. 

Make sure to bring a laptop/electronic device with you, as you will need to have a laptop or electronic device to order food online, join our online social and Q&A sessions throughout the pre-arrivals weeks’ and to start your blended learning course.


We will continue to update all of the above information as our planning develops, so please visit this page on a regular basis. We will highlight areas where information has been updated recently so that it is easier for you to identify. If you have any questions, please contact the International Centre