Students coming to Keele from countries which require travellers to complete a 2-week quarantine period on entry to the UK will be supported by the University. You might find this UK Home Office information useful regarding how to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK.
Specific support available to international students includes:
- Specialist visa support as required
- Tailored induction and welcome programme
If you are an EU national and you start living in the UK before 31 December 2020 (i.e arriving on or before 30 December 2020) you will be able to apply for the UK's Free EU Settlement Scheme. This will allow you to continue studying, working and living in the UK for at least 5 years without having to apply and pay for a Student Visa and the UK Immigration Health Surcharge.
You should keep evidence that you arrived in the UK, before 31 December 2020, such as your travel tickets / documents and accommodation arrangements. You would then need to apply for the UK's Free EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 but ideally as soon as possible after you have arrived in the UK.
However, if you arrive from 1 January 2021 (i.e after 23.00 GMT on 31/12/2020) you will need to apply for a Student Visa and pay the UK Immigration Health Surcharge at your own cost, if you are studying a course longer than 6 months in length. You will need to complete an application and have a Student Visa approved before you arrive in the UK as you can not apply for this from inside the UK. If you plan to arrive after 23.00 GMT on 31/12/2020 and will need a Student Visa please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a package in place worth £2,000 to support international students (from outside of the EU) and more details of this can be found here.
Students from the EU requiring to isolate due to quarantine restrictions will also be offered the same flexibility around course start dates and 14 days accommodation for free (please see accommodation pages for details), along with free airport pick up and a free welcome/quarantine pack.
Yes. International applicants are offered 14 days free accommodation on arrival to facilitate quarantine arrangements (irrespective of your date of arrival).
We understand that moving abroad to study can be challenging, particularly in these difficult times. Not all students arriving in the UK will need to quarantine but, if you do, Keele wants to make it as easy as possible for you and we are therefore offering you a Quarantine Support Package if you have accepted an offer of accommodation in one of our halls of residence. We hope this will help you to settle into your new home at Keele University.
The Quarantine Support Package includes:
- free of charge accommodation for 14 days
- catering package whilst you are quarantining
- a 'care box' that includes bedding pack, basic kitchen equipment, plug adaptor and thermometer
- contact with other Keele students via our ‘Student Support Buddy scheme’
- assistance with laundry
- post delivered to your front door
- extra support if required to quarantine
It is very important to us that you feel supported at Keele. Your safety, student experience and wellbeing are our priorities and we look forward to welcoming you on campus.
Please contact email@example.com if you are unable to arrive on time and we will work with you to help find a solution.
No, unfortunately not.
If you had an offer before we launched the international student support package then you will have received an email explaining what the package includes. If you have applied after the International Student Support Package was launched then it will be included in your offer letter. You can check the eligibility criteria here.
Students are invoiced after enrollment at Keele. Your offer letter will show any scholarships that you are eligible for and these will also be outlined on your CAS statement, along with the £1,000 Support Package tuition fee discount.
You can contact our International Student Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org and further information will be added to our accommodation webpages with more quarantine information as it is confirmed.
The Post Room will deliver any items directly to your halls and staff from the halls teams will leave post outside the front door of your block/flat. Students will be made aware in advance of any deliveries.
Yes, we are processing applications as normal. If you have any queries regarding your application please contact us via email@example.com
Coronavirus is a global situation which is changing daily and it is difficult to predict how any future travel restrictions may be put in place for the UK or in any other country.
Keele University is a supportive community, one that will prioritise student safety and wellbeing. Please continue to check this, the UK Public Health England website along with your own home government resources on the latest travel guidance.
The University considers a variety of alternative qualifications and assessments to IELTS which allow you to demonstrate your level of English to meet our entry requirements. A full list of our alternative qualifications can be found online.
Given the current issues of test centre closures and limited availability for IELTS and other global assessment providers, we are working with these providers to expand what assessments we will consider including some that are assessed from Home such as TOEFL ibt Home Edition.
The main global English Language Assessments we consider are:
- IELTS Academic
- IELTS Academic (For UKVI; SELT version)
- TOEFL IBT
- TOEFL IBT Home Edition
Please contact your school, college or University for further information on the impact this may have on your studies. You may also want to check the Awarding Bodies websites for latest information.
We are also monitoring the advice from relevant Awarding Bodies regarding what processes they are putting in place.
If you have already taken an English Language assessment but are awaiting the results we have been reassured by the main providers we work with (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE) that your results will be provided to you as soon as possible. If you are concerned about the time it may take to get your final results you should check with the Test provider on the likely date you will be given them before you contact the University Admissions Team as it likely we would need the final result at least a month before your start date in the UK.
Students who do not require a SELT (Secured English Language Test) which is usually for UK based Foundation and Pre Sessional English Programmes) may be able to demonstrate their English proficiency using alternative qualifications or assessments. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details on alternative assessments.
Yes, however, any offer conditions will need to be met including a tuition fee deposit payment or evidence of financial sponsorship before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number can be issued. If you are unsure please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were due to take examinations this summer, it is envisaged that your University/Higher Education Provider will be looking at alternative assessment in lieu of formal examinations.
However, if you are unable to provide a final transcript/certificate or the completion of your current course is going to be delayed, please contact email@example.com
Yes, we will still consider your application to study. If the situation changes we will update this page. Therefore, please check back here to make sure that there haven’t been any updates to our position before you make your application.
A small number of our undergraduate courses have now closed for applications, for availability please check the UCAS site. For postgraduate courses, you can check directly on our website.
If you need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK as at the moment the majority of UK Visa application Centres are closed this means that until they reopen we will not be able to support you in applying for a UK Student Visa. (If you have already submitted your UK Visa application a pending visa application please see the next question).
For new students to the University, it may be the case that your programme can be started by distance learning with you applying for a Student Visa to come to Keele at a later point during the academic year. Visa applications can take around a month and you will need to include the time taken to travel & settle in at the University. This means that we may only allow you to travel to Keele at a set point. We also understand that online learning may not be suitable in all academic areas and that it might not be right for you. We would want you to consider your academic options before considering what this would potentially mean for a Student Visa.
If you need any advice on your Visa options please contact Immigration Compliance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Depending upon where you have made your Visa application, either outside or inside the UK will determine what your current options are for your studies. We will also need to consider if we are able to support your programme via online learning.
In all circumstances please contact Immigration Compliance by email to email@example.com with the details of your current circumstances and situation so that we can try our best to assist you.