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COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - SEPTEMBER 2021 INTAKE

Last updated 13 October 2021. We understand that applicants and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and your plans to study with us at Wolverhampton. 

We recommend that before you travel you continue to refer to the UK Government Guidelines in case anything changes. You should check which colour-coded list the country you will be arriving from is on, and ensure you understand the rules that apply to you. 

More information can be found on our safety on campus webpage.

We will continue to make updates on this page and in our Frequently Asked Questions that follow.

 

 

International Students

Road to Reopening @WLV

Our next intake will September - Undergraduate students and Postgraduate Students starting on Monday 20th September

The past year has been a challenging time for all of us. We recognise that there are a lot of things that have been different for you in researching and applying to university. We want to ensure we provide you with as much support as possible before you start and that’s why we have put together our ‘Get Set’ hub.

On the Get Set hub, you will find a range of events, resources and support channels to help you get set for your time at the university. Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/getset 

Self-Isolation

If you are self isolating, you MUST engage and attend lessons online through CANVAS. During your self isolation period, please do not leave your accommodation and do not go onto campus.

Don’t forget that we are here to support you in any way we can just email InternationalSupport@wlv.ac.uk (with your student ID number).

The UK government are currently operating a traffic-light system, with each country being labelled as either green, amber, or red. The rules for students arriving from each category differ, so make sure you know how your home country is classified.  

Please be aware that the categories are likely to change at short notice, so you will need to check the classification of your home country regularly.  

Before you travel, you will need to register for a Travel Test Package, complete a Passenger Locator Form, and receive a negative result from a Covid test no more than 3 days before you travel.  

Green list countries

If you're arriving from a country on the UK's 'green list', you won't need to quarantine. Your Travel Test Package will include a test you need to take on day 2. 

Amber list countries

If you're arriving in the UK from an amber list country, you'll need to travel straight to your accommodation, where you must quarantine for 10 days. Your Travel Test Package will include tests that you'll need to take on days 2 and 8 of your quarantine period. 

You do not need to quarantine or take a test on day 8 if:

  • you are fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas
  • you are under 18 on the day you arrive in England and you are a resident in the UK or in a country with a vaccination programme approved by the UK 
  • you are part of a UK-approved vaccine trial.
  • You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before the day you arrive in England. 

Red list countries

If you're travelling from a red list country, you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days and take Covid-19 tests on days 2 and 8. The tests will be included in your Travel Test Package.  

For the latest UK travel advice, please visit the Goverment website.

UK Government guidelines are in place to help manage the risks to public health from coronavirus (Covid-19) and require those arriving from most international destinations to arrange tests before and after travel and to self-isolate (quarantine) for 10 days.

If you are planning to travel to the UK, you’ll need to:

? complete a passenger locator form

? provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on arrival in England

? Pre-arrange 2 coronavirus tests to take whilst in quarantine in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel.

? Quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days If you are travelling from or through any of the Red List Travel Ban countries, please check that you are able to travel. If you are arriving with a Student Visa/Tier 4 Visa then you should be regarded as having residency rights in the UK and will probably need to arrange to quarantine in Managed Hotel Quarantine.

Please also check the UK government webpages for the latest updates before you travel.

Entering the UK

What happens when you arrive

How to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

Travel guidance for passengers (onward travel within the UK

Fill in the passenegr locater form

You will have to provide your journey and contact details on an online form 48 hours or less before you travel to the UK. You will then need to show the form when you arrive at the UK border, either a printed copy or by showing the form on your phone.

Provide a negative coronavirus test to travel to the UK

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 3 days before your date of travel to the UK.

You will be asked to show this test certificate throughout your journey, and it will be checked at border to ensure that it is valid and genuine. If you have a positive test, you must not travel and instead must follow the local coronavirus rules and guidance – you will be able to continue to engage with your course remotely during this time.

You must ensure that any test results that you provide are valid and genuine. If the UK Visas and Immigration staff at border are not satisfied that your test result is genuine, they may refuse you entry to the UK, and you may be detained and subsequently deported. This may have a negative impact on any future immigration applications. The university may not be able to continue to sponsor you under the student route if you have been found to have provided false information to the UK Border Force.

After arrival you will need to quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days. While you’re in quarantine (self-isolation) you should NOT leave the place where you are staying - including to go shopping - unless there are exceptional circumstances that mean you are not able to have food or medicine delivered.

You’ll need to:Before you leave for the UK

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK
  • complete a passenger locator form
  • Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.
  • You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.

 

Please ensure that you have booked and/or secured your accommodation before you travel to the UK. 

When you are given an unconditional offer from the University, book your accommodation. For more information about university accommodation you can visit Accommodation

The past year has been a challenging time for all of us. We recognise that there are a lot of things that have been different for you in researching and applying to university. We want to ensure we provide you with as much support as possible before you start and that’s why we have put together our ‘Get Set’ hub.

On the Get Set hub, you will find a range of events, resources and support channels to help you get set for your time at the university. Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/getset 

 

All students will need to complete the University of Wolverhampton Pre-Arrival formPre-Arrival form before they travel to the UK

The Airport Meet and Greet service will transport you free of charge from Birmingham Airport to your university accommodation and is available to all students arriving into Birmingham between the 16th-19th September 2021.

The team will only be at the airport if a student has booked onto the service so please ensure you book at least 72 hours before your arrival! We recommend that you book this service as soon as your flights have been confirmed. 

There may be a short walk from the drop off point to your accommodation so please only bring luggage that you can carry alone. The booking form for the servive is available here 

  • If you require the airport transfer service, this is only available from Birmingham Airport (BHX) and will be for students only.
  • If you are travelling with friends and family, you will unfortunately not be able to use the Airport Transfer Service.

 

 

Please make sure that you bring with you 

  • A mobile phone. You should be able to buy a UK sim card at the airport when you arrive. 
  • An email address that you can access in the UK. You’ll need this when ordering food online.
  • A laptop, iPad or similar. You’ll need to be able to access your student induction and course online, at least initially.

You will also need to be able to pay for food online as soon as you arrive. You may not be able to open a UK bank account immediately, so please make sure that you have at least one of the following –

  • A credit card. Please be aware of any extra charges you may need to pay for using your card in the UK.
  • A pre-paid currency card that you set up in your home country and use in the same way as credit or debit card - examples include Mastercard's Cash Passport card and Visa's Travel Money card. You can usually add funds to the card from your existing bank account.
  • A money app such as Monzo or Revolut, that allows you to make online payments in the UK.

Please make sure that the app or account you use is suitable for your needs and that you’re aware of any payments or charges. You’ll also need to bring any other documents that the university has asked you to bring for your registration or for your course

You will need to log in to your e:Vision and select the ‘Enrolment’ button on the home page. From here you’ll be able to upload your ID photo, add your personal details and tell us how you’re funding your studies.

You can find further instructions, including a step-by-step video guide on how to enrol here: wlv.ac.uk/enrol-online

If you are experiencing any problems completing your enrolment tasks, please log a Helpdesk call in e:Vision. A key benefit to using the Helpdesk call is that it's very easy to track, update and have a record of your query and our responses, we will respond to your call as soon as possible.
  • Download myWLV– myWLV is where you will find your personalised timetable. It also offers you information about assessment deadlines, email, VLE topic subscriptions, and links to key resources. 
  • Find your induction – You’ll find your course induction and more in Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). Canvas supports you’re learning throughout your time with us, giving you access to resources like reading lists and module activities
  • Any course related queries: please log a helpcall via the help tab of your e:Vision account as your Faculty can support you this deal.

10 days self-Isolation

If you are self isolating, you must engage and attend lessons online through CANVAS. During your self isolation, you should NOT leave the place where you are staying - including to go shopping - unless there are exceptional circumstances that mean you are not able to have food or medicine delivered.

Don’t forget that we are here to support you in any way we can, just email InternationalSupport@wlv.ac.uk (with your student ID number).

 

There are a number of online food delivery companies in Wolverhampton that you can use to order meals and groceries.

The most well-known delivery companies are Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat, although you’ll find other companies by looking online. If you’re ordering pre-prepared meals there are lots of options to choose from – including Indian, Chinese, Thai, pizza, burgers, Korean and Turkish.

Supermarket deliveries

The large UK supermarket companies operate online delivery services. These include Morrisons, Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco and Iceland. You’ll first need to set up an account online and then select a delivery slot once you’ve selected and paid for your food online. 

Once you are in the UK, attendance at all of your scheduled on campus sessions will be mandatory and will be monitored via the University’s monitoring system. We will be monitoring your progress through your attendance, engagement with the online sessions via canvas and other resources we are offering. We will also monitor your submission to assessments. You must maintain both your attendance and your engagement in order to maintain compliance with the conditions of your visa.

If you are starting your course online in your home country, we will monitor your engagement and this will be taken into account when we issue you with a CAS.

We understand that having to self-isolate when you first arrive in the UK may seem difficult and challenging.

The International Student Support team can provide advice and guidance on living and studying in the UK – both when you first arrive in the UK and throughout your stay in the UK. You can contact us at internationalsupport@wlv.ac.uk

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) paid as part of the Student Route visa application gives you access to the UK health care system in the same way as a British Citizen. If you have a visa for less than 6 months, you won't have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge and will need to ensure you have medical insurance to cover any non-emergency care.

You will need to pay the immigration health surcharge when you make your Student Route visa application, the Immgration Health Surcharge incresaed last year to £470 per year.

This entitles you to use the NHS once you are in the UK More information on immigration health surcharges

Please make sure that you register with a doctor (GP so that you have access to treatment at any time, don’t wait until you are unwell.

When you apply for your visa outside of the UK, for a programme longer than 6 months, you will be issued with a 90-day vignette in your passport to allow you to enter the UK. You will then need to collect your BRP card on your arrival in the UK.

You can collect your BRP card from a local Post Office - Your letter will state which post office your BRP has been delivered to, and you should collect your BRP from that post office. If it is the Wolverhampton post office, it is quite close to both the University campus and to the train station. The address of the post office in Wolverhampton is 31 - 49 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1EQ.

If you are self isolating you can complete enrolment upto the UKVI compliance section, once you have collected your BRP from the Post Office you can complete the final task.

We want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring international responses around the world and this might impact your ability to start your studies in September such as what is happening in your home country; travel restrictions globally; the safety of international travel and visa processing availability. Further information can also be obtained at: