A statement from City, University of London on our advice to prospective overseas students.
The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are doing all we can to mitigate the impact of the virus on our prospective international students and their plans to join us in September 2021. We have put together the FAQ below to help answer some of the questions you may have.
Those requiring a Student Visa have a choice about how they want to begin their studies in September 2021.
As part of the CAS issuing process, you will be asked whether you intend to start your course in person, here in London; or, whether you wish to start your programme online, in your home country.
We appreciate in these uncertain times this choice might be difficult. Whatever your choice, we will support you with that decision.
Below 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.
If you are current student who started the programme online, please check Student Hub for more information.
International students and applicants will be contacted and asked to fill in an online form. Here they will be asked whether they want to study in-person or online. This is the first part of the CAS issuing process and is only sent to unconditional offer applicants and returning international students.
If a student states they will be attending in-person, they will be given the opportunity to get start the CAS issuing process.
A student who says ‘in person’ and completes all the e:vision tasks will be issued with a CAS. Where the international students chooses ‘online’ they will not receive a CAS and the e:vision tasks will cease.
A student can change their mind before the end of August and we ask you to contact your Admissions Officer if this is the case.
Where an international student states they are in-person and doesn’t complete registration with proof of having entered the UK using their Student Visa, their CAS will be removed. This is line with Home Office policy.
Beginning your studies Online
International students will have the choice on all programmes whether they want to start online and not take up their Student Visa.
Those who decide to start their studies online can complete their registration online without the need to be sponsored with a CAS.
No CAS will be issued until international students are due to join for in-person teaching.
Where a student starts online and is not in-person in term 1, the next opportunity to join in-person will be at the start of term 2.This CAS process will not begin until circa November 2021.
If you choose to begin your studies online and wish to benefit from the Graduate Scheme, you have to apply for a Student Visa and arrive to the UK no later than 6 April 2022.
Student Visas and Registration
Registration process will be online. Registration invites are instigated in mid-August.
The start of teaching varies, with courses in Health Sciences and the Business School and some course in the Law School sometimes slightly earlier. Please check it with your School on exact dates.
The main university teaching starts for term 1 on the w/c 4th October. Welcome week is scheduled for 27th September.
All international students are asked to complete Registration, in full, by the start of term.
After this date we cannot guarantee we will be able to register you and may need to look to remove your CAS, if you are not in the UK on time, to start your course in-person.
We will show some flexibility where we can but this will be done on a case-to-case basis.
The UK Government have announced they are extending the concession for international students to benefit from the Graduate Route, should they not begin their studies in-person. In the UK, if students start their programme online, they would have to apply for a Student Visa and arrive to the UK no later than 6 April 2022 in order to benefit from this Scheme.
Also, those who arrive and register by the 27th September can benefit from the University’s International Student Support Package.
If this is an important part of your reason for coming to study at City, we would encourage you to do what you can to begin your studies with us in-person this September.
You can choose to start your course in-person or online. Where possible, we encourage you to begin your studies in-person with us this September; but, we appreciate this will not be possible for all of you.
If you require a Student Visa and you choose to start your studies online, you will not receive a CAS at that point and therefore cannot enter the UK for the purposes of education.
If you start your studies online for term 1, the next opportunity for you to transition to in-person study in the UK will be for term 2, beginning in January 2022. All international students have the option to begin their studies online and transition to in-person for term 2, in January 2022.
Over the summer we will be in touch to provide you with further information on the delivery of your course. Where there is a material change to your programme, we have a duty to inform you on the details of that change and will do so at the earliest opportunity.
International Student Support Package
Please note that the International Student Support package application form is now live.
The International Student Support Package is all international students from red-list countries, who arrive in the UK to start their studies this September, we will pay the costs associated with your quarantine. This package will cover your accommodation and testing costs up to the value of £2,285.
This scheme covers all new and returning international students arriving from red-list countries for the new academic year 2021, subject to the conditions outlined below:
- All international students need to have completed registration at City, University of London by the 18th October 2021.
- All international students need to have applied for their international support package by no later than the 1st November 2021.
- All international students need to demonstrate the official receipts for their quarantine hotel accommodation (up to £2,285 as per government guidelines)
- The University will not refund any costs that are incurred outside of the government’s official quarantine guidelines
- The University will only refund costs for those international students from red-list countries.
- The list of countries defined as red-list will be taken from the date the relevant student arrived in the UK.
- International students will be required to provide proof of their arrival date with a stamp on their passport.
- International students can only do this via the official process outlined to you on email.
- The University will look to have provided the refund payments to all international students by no later than the 1st January 2022.
To apply, please complete our International Student Support Package application form.
Please make sure you complete all the necessary fields accurately and attach required evidence.
Please note that applications are open until 1st November and we won’t be assessing them before then. Please keep your evidence safe as we may require further information at a later stage. We are aiming to have provided the refund payments no later than 1 January 2022.
If you have any further queries, please email us on International.Student.Package@city.ac.uk. However before you email, please read FAQs below:
Q: Can I apply for the package even I am not from the red-list country but travelling from a red list country and have to quarantine?
A: You can apply for the support package only if you have a normal residency in the ‘red list country’. Please submit proof of your normal residency with the application form.
Q: I am UK citizen but went to red list country on a holiday/visit - and on return, I need to stay in the government hotel. Can I apply for the support package?
A: No, you won’t be eligible. Only students with the normal residency in the ’red list country’ can apply for the support package.
Q: Will you pay for the hotel and expenses if I travel to other country for 10 days and then come to the UK? (example I am from Mexico but will travel to Albania first and then to the UK)
A: No, you will not be eligible for the support package if you go and quarantine in another country.
Q: I am from an amber list country but still need to quarantine. Can you pay for my hotel?
A: No, this support package is only available for students from ‘red list countries’.
Q: I arrived to the UK in June, can I still apply for the support package?
A: if you are enrolling to the 2021/22 academic year, you are still eligible for the support package.
Q: Will City pay for my visa application if I’m from a red list country?
A: No, City will not pay for your visa application.
Q: I’m currently in the UK and plan to go back to my home country on the red list – will I be eligible for this support or not when I come back to the UK?
A: The scheme is open until 1st November so if you come back for the Term 1 and enrol by the 18th October, you will be eligible.
Starting my course in-person
When will you start issuing CAS?
We endeavour to start issuing CASs for 2021/22 academic year w/c 28th June.
When is the last date I can make my decision?
The deadline for this year CASs application from City is 3rd September 2021.
Please note that some Schools have their own internal deadlines, due to the different start of their programmes, so please check with them directly.
How long does the CAS process take?
As an unconditional offer holder, once you meet all the requirements (confirm T&Cs, submit passport copy, complete online Student Visa Module and submit your financial documents, if required) we will issue your CAS within 5 - 10 days. Please see more information on the timeline on CAS issuing process.
Our team is receiving unprecedented number of enquiries this year and a large backlog. We will respond to all your queries as soon as we can.
If you already emailed us, please do not resend your email. We will come back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.
Starting my course online
If I choose to start my course online, what happens next?
You will have the opportunity to request a CAS later on in a year, which will be issued for the term 2.
If I choose to start my course online, when can I enter the UK?
You can enter the UK from the term 2 (January 2022).
If I choose to start my course online, when will my CAS be issued?
We will start issuing CASs from November 2021.
If I start my programme online in September 2021 and join in-person teaching in January 2022, will I be eligible for the Graduate Route?
Yes, you will be eligible for the Graduate Route. You would have to arrive to the UK no later than 6 April 2022. However, this advice might change, so please check the Student Hub pages where we will post any updates.
I am an EU/International applicant wanting to study in September 2021
If you start your studies in September 2021, or after, you will be required to apply for a Student Visa before coming to the UK under the new immigration system.
Please note that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the academic year 2021/22. For more information read the statement on Gov.uk on student finance eligibility.