We realise that these are unprecedented times and appreciate the impact this will be having on our students and applicants. Universities across the UK have had to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.
The situation in the UK and abroad is ever-changing and we are unfortunately unable to confirm what travel restrictions and quarantining requirements will be in place for your country when you are due to travel, however we strongly recommend that you review the information provided below and keep up to date with UK Government guidance as much as possible.
We will endeavour to stay at the forefront of developments in each country with regards to examinations, final grades and travel restrictions, and to keep you informed of the available options as much as possible.
We are committed to supporting our international students and applicants in your efforts to study with us, if you have any questions or concerns please do email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please visit our International and EU pages for the latest on starting at the University of Suffolk
Anybody aged 18 or over who is in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination regardless of their nationality or immigration status free of charge.
To make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination we encourage you to register with a local GP to obtain an NHS number. Once you have this number you will be able to contact your General Practitioner directly to make an appointment.
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
It is vital that international students arriving in the UK have followed the correct arrival procedure. Failure to do so may result in possible delays or fines. In some instances, students may be denied entry at the border.
Students must follow the law on international travel. This means if you are a student coming to the UK, before you travel (regardless of where from) you must check what COVID-19 tests you need to take and the quarantine rules for travel to England.
Be aware that travel advice may change, so regularly check the relevant Government guidance for the latest updates prior to travelling.
We also recommend that you undertake the following in advance of your travel to ensure we can support you as best as possible:
Follow the safer travel guidelines and plan ahead to avoid busy times
Ensure you arrange appropriate travel insurance
Contact the Academic Registrar by emailing email@example.com to
Notify us of your intended arrival date so we can support you if you need to self-isolate
Provide pre-booked travel arrangements for dates outside your confirmed start date
The University of Suffolk wishes to reassure you that we are committed to ensuring our applications and admissions processes will endeavour to stay at the forefront of developments in each country with regards to exams and final grades. The information available on our website at https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/information-applicants outlines how we at the University of Suffolk anticipate your application being processed.
We realise that English Language qualifications may also be affected by these circumstances and wish to reassure you that in the event that you are unable to undertake a test, we will utilise alternative methods to assess your English Language ability. We have also modified our University of Suffolk Password test so that this can be invigilated and taken remotely online. Please see https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/english-language-tests for more details.
As always, our Admissions Team are here to help, colleagues are working remotely at present, but can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through Livechat.
Whilst we hope that you will be able to travel to the University of Suffolk before your course starts we realise that this may not be possible due to travel restrictions. As a result higher education institutions have been permitted to offer a blended learning approach for students due to study in the UK until 6 April 2022. This means that some of your learning will be delivered face-to-face, and some delivered online.
If you are due to start a course of 12 months or less in September/October 2021 or January/February 2022 via distance learning, or a course longer than 12 months starting in September/October 2021 and enter the UK before 6 April 2022 you will still be eligible for the Graduate Route, we therefore encourage you to travel to the UK as soon as you are able to, taking into consideration the guidance on travelling to the UK when making your plans.
The University of Suffolk continues to monitor the UK Government Immigration Advice which relates specifically to the COVID-19 outbreak. You should already be aware that the UKVI will not take compliance action against students who are unable to attend their studies due to COVID-19, however the University expects that you continue to engage with your course through a combination of on-side attendance (where appropriate), and use of online services such as virtual lectures/seminars, BrightSpace and Library resources in order that you can make academic progress and continue working towards successfully completing your course.
You should engage with your course tutor and/or support staff as appropriate, and if contacted about your engagement with your course you should respond in a timely way.
If you are a PhD students studying on a Tier 4/Student Route Visa you should continue to engage and progress academically and remain in contact with your supervisor at least monthly (via a virtual meeting). Should you intend to leave the UK permanently and submit your thesis remotely please liaise with the Graduate School to confirm your places as soon as possible.
Please note that on-going non-engagement with your course may lead to withdrawal in accordance with the University’s Student Attendance and Engagement Monitoring Policy. In accordance with UKVI regulations students who hold a Tier 4 or Student Visa who are withdrawn for any reason will be reported to the UKVI and as a consequence your UK immigration permissions will be withdrawn and you would be expected to leave the UK as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
If you have any further questions about the above please contact email@example.com in the first instance
Booking your accommodation
Hopefully, you've already made your accommodation arrangements but if not the Student Centre can provide information about recommended accommodation throughout your studies at the University of Suffolk. You will find information about on-campus and off-campus accommodation on our website, and can contact the landlords of the properties via links in these pages to ask any questions about a property before you choose which room to book.
The on-campus halls of residence, Athena Hall, is popular with students new to the University of Suffolk. Off-campus, you will find a mixture of halls-style accommodation and shared houses. To see the accommodation we recommend off-campus please visit Suffolk Student Pad.
Arriving in Ipswich
The closest airport to Ipswich is London Stansted. At the moment flights are operating on a reduced schedule but we hope that more destinations and flights will be added in the upcoming weeks which will allow you to fly directly to Stansted.
Once you have landed at London Stansted Airport you can take a National Express bus directly from the airport to Ipswich, which takes approximately 90 minutes - this can be pre-booked, or you can purchase your ticket from the airport. Please make note of the on the National Express website to ensure you follow the appropriate health and safety protocol at the coach station and on the buses.
Once your bus arrives to Ipswich, the University and Athena Hall accommodation are a short 14-minute walk away.
If you are arriving to another London airport, such as London Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton we suggest that you travel by train from the airport to London Liverpool Street station. From here, you should take a direct train to Ipswich Rail Station, which takes approximately one hour. From Ipswich Rail Station you can then take a taxi to the University or to your accommodation.
For more information on rail travel, please visit the National Rail website.