We recently announced that our campus will be fully open from September 2021, with many activities back on campus and in person. We very much look forward to welcoming you.
The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority and we are continuing to follow UK Government guidance to keep you safe. You can find out about the measures currently in place on campus to keep our community safe on our dedicated Covid-19 web pages.
Our approach for the 2021/22 academic year
Following the recent UK Government’s announcement and the removal of most restrictions, we plan to deliver most of your academic and social activities on-campus and in-person. We are really looking forward to welcoming you onto campus from September 2021.
To ensure we can safely offer activities on campus and give you the opportunity to interact with other students, we will be delivering:
- Seminars, workshops and smaller group teaching sessions in-person on-campus.
- Practical elements of programmes, such as labs and use of specialist facilities, on campus.
- Large lectures online and recorded so you can watch them at a time convenient to you.
We will also provide you with access to an enhanced range of digital and online educational resources and support as part of our commitment to continually improving the City student experience.
We want to ensure we have a vibrant on-campus student experience and, therefore, we want to encourage students (especially those based in the UK) to come to campus.
International students abroad
Wherever possible, we are keen to welcome you on campus; however, we understand that travel is difficult from many countries at present and we will therefore give our international students the option to start their course in-person in London or online where possible.
We are committed to ensuring you can start your studies remotely if you need to. If you are unable to be at City in-person in Term 1, for most programmes, you should be able to continue your studies through accessing the educational resources and support you need online, including weekly live teaching sessions and recorded teaching sessions. Your School will be in touch with details about your Programme and confirm whether you can start online.
Student Visa and Graduate Route
International students that are not already in the UK and require a Student Visa, are being contacted by our International Student Advice team and asked whether they are planning to start their course in person, here in London, or online in their own country.
We appreciate in these uncertain times this choice might be difficult. Whatever your choice, we will support you with that decision.
We have outlined some of the factors you need to consider when making this decision and we would encourage you to look through this information carefully.
Information on your programme
All students are being contacted by their City School with more information about the delivery of their programme, when it will start and any planned changes.
There will be some differences in approach across our diverse range of programmes, especially those with practical, clinical and Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Board (PSRB) requirements. We will continue to ensure our courses are delivered to meet these requirements.
Our plans have been developed in line with the UK Government’s guidelines but with necessary contingency options in place, should they be needed, to ensure the health and safety of students and staff while continuing to deliver your education.
We will continue to update you about our plans to deliver your education and student experience as the UK’s response to the pandemic continues.
We know that this uncertainty is impacting your plans and university choice. We are in regular contact with our applicants, and current students and staff are available online via our virtual events to answer your questions and give you a better understanding of what it would be like to study at City.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We have put together the FAQs below to help answer some of the questions you may have.
We will update the FAQs as new information becomes available and we advise you to check back regularly for the latest information.
Will the new academic year still start in September?
Yes – exact dates will be confirmed by your programme team. However, Welcome Week activities will start from 27th September.
The start of teaching varies across our programmes. Most university teaching starts for Term 1 in the week commencing 4th October, although some courses in Health Sciences, the Law School and the Bayes Business School will start earlier. Your programme team will be in touch to ensure you have the information you need.
Will teaching for the first term of the 2021/22 academic year begin online?
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to work in line with the latest UK Government guidance to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority. You can read City’s current guidance related to Covid-19 and how we are keeping our community safe on our website.
Following the recent UK Government announcement and the removal of most restrictions, we plan to deliver most of academic and social activities on-campus and in-person and we are really looking forward to welcoming you onto campus from September 2021.
However, we understand that travel is difficult from many countries at present and we will therefore give our international students the option to start their course in-person in London or online where possible.
Will teaching change throughout the year if more restrictions are reintroduced?
Depending on what restrictions are in place we will deliver our courses using the following three scenarios:
- If all Government restrictions are lifted, the majority of your course will be delivered live, in person and on campus.
- If there are social distancing restrictions imposed at any time during the 2021/22 academic year, we will use a mixed mode of on-campus and online delivery with increased priority on the live student experience. For example, large lectures and group sessions may take place live online to ensure that the smaller group seminars and tutorials can take place on campus safely.
- Should the UK Government impose a lockdown and limit teaching on campus, we will comply with those requirements by providing remote learning for most programmes. The Government may allow us to continue on campus educational delivery for specific courses. We have proven expertise in online delivery and will utilise this if needed during the 2021/22 academic year.
We will ensure that courses with practical, clinical and Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Board (PSRB) requirements are delivered in a way which meets these requirements.
What is the process to get Student Visa and Graduate Route?
Please refer to our Visa and Immigration advice during coronavirus pages for more information.
What support is available for International students travelling to the UK?
To support international students arriving at City this September we have recently launched our International Student Support Package.
This package is an agreement to reimburse for expenses associated with quarantine costs based on official receipts up to £2,285 for students arriving from red-list countries. The list of countries defined as ‘red list’ will be taken from the date you arrive in the UK.
Undergraduate students coming from amber-list countries and who have booked our accommodation, will be eligible to arrive up to 3 weeks before their tenancy start date for free, in order to isolate for 10 days before term begins. This offer is only available for EU/international undergraduate students and can be requested via a webform that will be made available from 10th August and 4th September on the Unite website.
Please check the UK Government website for information on what to do to travel to the UK.
How do I register to start my course?
Registration is online. Registration invites are sent out in mid-August.
All students are asked to complete Registration, in full, by the start of term.