Coronavirus: international applicants and offer holders
We have a range of measures in place to help keep our community safe, however we strongly advise all of our students to get vaccinated before starting at Roehampton this autumn. For more information on how to book your vaccination, please refer to the National Booking Service. International students do not need to be registered with a GP in the UK to receive a vaccination.
Our spacious 54-acre parkland campus is open for students and staff to enjoy safely. This includes our teaching facilities, library and accommodation, all with appropriate physical distancing in place. We have robust measures in place to ensure and protect the health and wellbeing of our community.
How are you making sure campus is safe?
Since the start of the pandemic, we have introduced a number of measures to help keep our community safe. We are planning to put in place the following safety measures which we will regularly review:
- Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor spaces, unless exempt
- Protective screens will remain in classrooms and social spaces
- Hand sanitiser will be available across campus
- Enhanced cleaning schedules will continue
- Home testing kits will be available across campus and if possible, an on-campus test centre will be re-introduced
- Continued contact tracing for those who develop symptoms
- We support all students who are isolating due to symptoms or being a close contact of someone with Covid-19
- Reducing the number of students in classrooms and other learning and teaching settings, whilst maintaining contact time.
- It is expected that all members of our community have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.
What guidelines will I need to follow while on campus?
Over the course of the pandemic, we have introduced measures to reduce the risks presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to reduce the risks further, all students, staff and members of our community must work together to keep one another safe.
Our expectations of students
- Suspected symptoms Do not travel to campus or leave your bedroom in halls of residence if you suspect you have any symptoms of coronavirus. You will be able to study remotely if this is the case.
- Face coverings Face coverings are required in most indoors areas across campus unless you are exempt.
- Hand washing Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser thoroughly and frequently throughout the day.
- Respecting others Staff may ask you to do things in a slightly different way to what you may have been used to, so please follow their instructions as they are working to ensure everyone stays as safe as possible.
- Track and trace It is important that we can track and trace who you have come into contact with whilst on campus if there was a coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, you must tap into all on-campus spaces where there is a card reader using your student I.D and pre-book onto events and activities.
- Testing You should test regularly and at least twice a week. Home test kits are available from across campus and you can order tests from the NHS here.
- Keeping up to date Ensure that you keep up to date with communications from the University about coronavirus (COVID-19). All updates will be posted in the announcements area on the landing page of the student portal (Once you have your Roehampton username and password, you will be able to access the Student Portal).
What happens if I am unable to travel at the start of the next academic year, due to travel restrictions?
As an international student, if you are unable to fly to the UK due to government restrictions, you will be able to complete some or all of your first term remotely, for most courses. This will enable you to join in person when you can.
I have yet to arrive on campus and have booked accommodation. What happens if I need to quarantine on arrival or cannot travel due to government restrictions?
As part of a wide range of new support measures for international students, we are offering the following for students moving into on-campus accommodation:
- If students are travelling to the UK and visa or flights are such that they will need to come late, their contract will start when they arrive on campus.
- If Government guidance at the time of arrival is that students need to quarantine in University on-campus accommodation due to government Covid restrictions, should they still be in place, they will be able to do so free-of-charge and with free food for the duration of quarantine.
- If students are unable to travel to the university due to government Covid restrictions on travel, they will have the right to cancel their accommodation contract.
Am I required to take a test before travelling to the University?
You can find out more information here.
Can I take an alternative English if my IELTS centre is closed?
We accept a range of English language qualifications equivalent to IELTS.
We can now offer an online English test should we require you to take one. This test will be available for Roehampton offer holders as a way to demonstrate that they meet the University’s English language requirements. Our online English Test can also be used for entry for online Pre-Sessional English courses.
Please visit our website to find out more about the different options you have to help you meet our English language requirements.
Find out more about our online PSE course here.
The International Team
The University of Roehampton
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3192
WhatsApp: +44 (0) 73421 80526
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