EU and international students

For information regarding your application, teaching and learning, please also read the other FAQs in this section.

Are there any travel restrictions for students coming to the UK?

Before travelling to the UK, it is necessary to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative coronavirus test result during the three days before you travel.

You should book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day two and on or after day eight of your quarantine. Everyone must book a travel test package  this costs £210.

Use the booking portal to book your travel test package

When you arrive in England, you’ll need to bring additional documentation due to COVID-19. The UK government currently requires travellers from any country to provide their journey and contact information before they travel to the UK. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home-quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number. 

On arrival you'll also need to self-isolate for up to ten days, depending on where you’ve travelled from. 

Please see the UK government guidelines for arrival in England. 

Testing during self-isolation 

Day two test

You'll need to take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of your quarantine period. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero. This first test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. Tests will be taken in your own accommodation.

If you receive a positive result from your day two test, you must quarantine for ten days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). Your household will also need to quarantine until day 13.

If you receive a positive result from your day two test, you will not be required to take any further tests.

Day eight test

You need to take a COVID-19 test on or after day eight, unless you received a positive result from your day two test.

Please see the UK government information regarding COVID-19 testing.

I'm concerned that I won't be able to travel to Manchester due to travel restrictions. Will there be a remote learning option for Semester 1 in 2021/2022 academic year?

We're aware that travel restrictions may delay some students arriving in Manchester for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.  We're exploring which programmes can offer a remote study option in Semester 1 to support students who may find themselves unable to be here with us.

Remote study isn't intended to be the default study route next academic year but we think it's important that we plan for every eventuality and to offer an accessible option for those that may still need it.

For some programmes, remote study won't be feasible, particularly where students need to access specialist teaching and learning facilities; or due to professional and accreditation requirements. Remote study will therefore only be available (on an opt-in basis) for certain programmes and cohorts.

Your programme team will write to you in the week of 19 April to confirm whether there is a remote study option for your programme/year group in Semester 1 of the 2021/2022 academic year and if so, provide more information to help you make your decision and the deadline for letting us know.

Please don't contact your programme team to ask about this before receiving this communication – they're working very hard on these details, but  they won't have the information to help you yet.

How do I apply for a visa?

To apply for a visa to study here, international students must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by the University. The CAS is a unique reference number which confirms that the University has agreed to be your sponsor and provides information about you and your study to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as part of your visa application. The earliest you can apply for a student route visa is six months before the start date of the course.

Our guidance will help you complete your online visa application form and tells you what documents are required as part of your application. Please read this guidance carefully, including the financial evidence requirements.

Student route (formerly known as Tier 4) applications can take up to three weeks to be processed and may take longer at busy periods or if your application has to be processed by a British embassy in another country. You can find out how long it will take for your application to be processed from the UKVI website.

Full details can be found on the student route visa area of our student immigration and visas pages.

How do I get my CAS number?

If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from us for your visa appointment. You won't need to request a CAS. We'll generate a CAS when you're eligible to receive one. Once you have accepted an unconditional offer for your programme, and paid any mandatory deposits required, your academic School will start the CAS process. You'll be sent a draft CAS email asking you to confirm that your details are correct. Once you have replied to the draft CAS email, we'll process your CAS and email it to you as soon as it is ready, but no more than six months before your course start date.

Please read our guidance before you start to fill in your student route application and download our guide to completing the online visa application form.

I'm an EU/EEA or Swiss student, how do I get a UK study visa?

From 1 January 2021, EU/EEA (except Republic of Ireland) and Swiss nationals will need a visa via the student route to study in the UK unless they have pre-settled or settled status  (or have applied for such). This isn't related to COVID-19, but is part of the new immigration rules as a result of Brexit.

You can apply for a visa via the UK government website and you’ll usually get a decision within three weeks.

To arrange this visa, you'll need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number from your School or Department and it will be sent to you after you've accepted an unconditional offer.

Full details can be found on the student route visa area of our student immigration and visas pages.

Will I still be able to qualify for the new Graduate Worker Route if I start my studies remotely?

The UK Home Office has announced a new graduate immigration route (post-study work visa) that will come into effect in the summer of 2021. This will allow graduates to stay in the UK to work or look for work. The UKVI have confirmed that applicants must have completed the entirety of their degree in the UK except for permitted study abroad programmes or when distance learning has been necessary due to COVID-19.

If you're a current student, or due to start your studies later in 2021, and are currently studying remotely due to COVID-19, the UKVI have confirmed that you must be in the UK before 21 June 2021 in order to qualify under the scheme. This means that international students who began their course in 2020 and who are due to complete in summer 2021 will still be eligible for the Graduate route provided they arrived in the UK on or before this date. UKVI have also confirmed that any period of distance learning which took place between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 as part of a course of study lasting longer than 12 months will not prevent an applicant from applying to the Graduate route.

Further information can be found on student support pages.

The Visa Application Centre (VAC) in my home city is closed. What should I do?

Due to COVID-19 the service offered by UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) has been disrupted, and some centres may be closed. Some VACs are open, where local restrictions allow. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East;
  • VFS global for all other countries.

I'm an EU/EEA/Swiss National, will I pay international fees?

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, EU other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support for courses starting in the academic year 2021/22. These students will therefore be changed the international rate of fee.

There are certain exceptions including those who meet residency requirements and have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement scheme; full details can be found on our Impact of Brexit on fee status page. You may also wish to read the guidance published by the Departement for Education and their set of FAQs.

Can I apply to the University without an English language test?

Yes, you can apply to the majority of courses at Manchester without an English language test. You may be considered for a conditional offer where you have English language (and/or academic qualification) conditions outstanding. English conditions would need to be met before you could be accepted on the course.

Which English language tests are accepted?

The University recognises a number of English language tests, including TOEFL, Pearson PTE and IELTS. Given the current disruption to accessibility of global English language testing centres due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University is currently reviewing additional and/or alternative forms of confirming prospective students’ levels of English.

We'll announce further information on this area in due course, and our applicants and offer-holders should check their email regularly, as further individual guidance from admissions teams will follow as soon as possible.

The University also offers 10-week, 6-week and 4-week pre-sessional courses which may be appropriate for some applicants. The length would depend on your current English language level, and the level required for the degree programme you are applying to. Your Department will advise you on the length of course they would like you to take where appropriate. Further information can be found on the University Language Centre website.

How will you treat International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) students this year?

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has confirmed that every student will receive a final grade in each part of the IBDP. There will be both examination and non-examination routes and the route will depend on local government regulations as to which is appropriate.

We can confirm that we'll accept grades awarded in the IB Diploma this year as normal and will treat examination and non-examination grades equally. We'll consider your grades when they're available and, providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured.

We're confident that the IBO will have used all resources available to them as an awarding organisation (historical assessment data, externally marked individual assessments, school data and subject data) to ensure that they operate a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation.

We're aware that this is a very unsettling time for all applicants but please be assured that we'll do all we can to ensure any changes to the IBDP assessment and examinations won't affect your opportunity to attend our University in the coming academic year. We're working closely with colleagues at the IBO to understand the changes that they've put in place and will adapt our admissions processes to take account of the necessary changes.

Our admissions teams are on hand to discuss your individual offer if you have any queries or concerns. This applies wherever you're studying in the world.

How will you treat Cambridge International A Level students this year?

Cambridge Assessment International Education has confirmed that every student will receive a final grade for their Cambridge International A-level. There will be three routes and the route will depend on local government regulations as to which is appropriate:

  1. to run exams where safe and permitted;
  2. to introduce extra temporary measures  such as adjustments, exemptions and expanded special considerations  into exam requirements, so as many students as possible can access the exams;
  3. to accept school assessed-grades in the small number of countries, or regions within countries, where directives from national or local authorities mean that exams can't go ahead, so students can progress without delay. 

We can confirm that we'll accept grades awarded for Cambridge International A-levels this year as normal and will treat examination and non-examination grades equally. We'll consider your grades when they're available and, providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured.

We're confident that Cambridge Assessment International Education will have used all resources available to them as an awarding organisation to ensure that they operate a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation. 

We're aware that this is a very unsettling time for all applicants but please be assured that we'll do all we can to ensure any changes to the examinations won't affect your opportunity to attend our University in the coming academic year.

We're working closely with colleagues at Cambridge Assessment International Education to understand the changes that they've put in place and will adapt our admissions processes to take account of the necessary changes. 

Our admissions teams are on hand to discuss your individual offer if you have any queries or concerns. This applies wherever you're studying in the world.