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International Students


Students are advised to read the latest information on arrangements for Lent Term on the University’s coronavirus guidance pages prior to travelling to the UK.


Prior to entering the UK

From 18 January 2021, you will be required to have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test in order to travel to the UK. The test must have been taken within 3 days prior to travel. Further information, including the type of test and documentary evidence required, is provided on the Government webpages.

Those travelling to the UK will need to provide journey and contact details up to 48 hours before arriving using an online form. To complete the form you will need your travel details (including times, dates, and flight number), your passport, and the address where you will stay in the UK.

Self-isolating on arrival to the UK

If you are travelling to the UK from overseas, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days after arrival as part of the measures to help against the spread of coronavirus. This may also be referred to as a quarantine period. Guidance about the requirements is outlined on the Government website. The ‘travel corridors’, which had allowed those travelling from some countries to be exempt from these requirements, are currently suspended.

It may be possible to shorten the self-isolation period if you have a negative COVID-19 test after arrival in the UK in accordance with the ‘test to release’ scheme. The earliest you can take one of the approved tests is 5 days after you left a country not exempt from the requirement to self-isolate. If the test is negative you can stop self-isolating as soon as you receive the result.

Guides for International Students

Our International Student Guide provides practical pre-arrival and orientation information to help students coming from outside the UK prepare for their move to Cambridge. It includes guidance on living in the UK, a useful glossary of Cambridge terminology and information about University support services.

Our Finding Your Way to Cambridge guide provides an overview of how to get to Cambridge from the main London airports usually used by students when travelling to the UK.

Our Opening a Bank Account guide provides information on bank accounts in the UK and the process for opening an account in Cambridge.

Stay Safe

Read the information as part of our Stay Safe information campaign. This outlines measures put together by the University and Colleges designed to keep students and staff safe, and minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Student visa information

For students who require a student visa for their studies at Cambridge, the section on Responsibilities on a student visa includes information for when you first arrive in the UK, collecting your BRP after entry and police registration.