The University of Cumbria is a member of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and we operate in accordance with their Code of Ethics.

We recommend that our international students sign up to the monthly UKCISA student newsletter.

We have a number of dedicated support services that you can access both before you travel to the UK and once you are here.

Pre-Arrival Support

Airport Transfer Service

We know that travelling can be confusing and stressful, especially if you have travelled a long distance or are arriving into a new country for the first time.

The University of Cumbria provides an Airport Meet and Greet and Transfer Service for new students arriving into Manchester International Airport to help you get your bearings, navigate your way to your campus and/or your chosen term-time accommodation and settle in.

Please note that the Airport Transfer Service is only available to new students arriving on certain dates and times from Amber or Green List countries.

 

How to book your Airport Transfer

If you are arriving into Manchester International Airport on one of the dates listed below, between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00 (BST) we will provide you with a free airport transfer service to our Lancaster campus to self-isolate and/or to attend International Welcome and Orientation.
To access this service you need to arrive and/or have completed your self-isolation period on or before 17 September.

All students attending International Welcome and Orientation (17 to 19 September) will be safely transported to your campus of study by either coach or minibus afterwards.

 

Airport Transfer Arrivals Dates

We are currently offering free airport transfers from Manchester International Airport on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 1 September 2021
  • Thursday 2 September 2021
  • Friday 3 September 2021
  • Saturday 4 September 2021
  • Tuesday 14 September
  • Wednesday 15 September
  • Thursday 16 September

You will need to book onto the service by completing our online International Arrivals Form which can be accessed here.

Arriving early, in-between or late?

Even if you are arriving on a different date to any of those listed above, we still need you to complete the International Arrivals Form

We may still be able to organise a free airport transfer for you, depending on your circumstances and if there are other students also arriving on the same day. 

 

Please ensure you have the following information to hand before you complete this form:

  • Your Student ID number
  • Your mobile phone number
  • Your booked term-time address, plus
  • Your flight details, including
    • flight number
    • details of country travelling from / departure airport
    • scheduled flight arrival airport, date and time

Once you have submitted your form, you will receive an email from the International Team to confirm receipt of your application.

You will receive further confirmation emails, which will explain all your transport details, once your airport pick up is confirmed, at least 3 to 5 days before you travel.

 

Free Self-Isolation Accommodation for Students from Amber List Countries

If you are a new or returning International student coming to study with us in August/September 2021 and are travelling into England from an Amber List country, the University of Cumbria is able to offer free on-campus accommodation whilst self-isolating, provided you arrive within certain dates.

More details are available here.  

To book your on-campus self-isolation accommodation, please email: lancasteraccom@cumbria.ac.uk

If you are travelling to England from a European country or from the USA and have already been vaccinated, you may not need to self-isolate, but you will still have to take a COVID-19 pre-departure and a COVID-19 Day 2 test (post-arrival).

Full Travel to England details and guidance are available on the Gov.UK website here.

Please do check the Gov.UK website before you depart, as this is an evolving situation and the guidance may change.

 

Free Accommodation during International Welcome and Orientation 

Our 2 to 3-day International Welcome and Orientation programme will take place at our Lancaster campus from 17 to 19 September 2021.   We are offering all International students free accommodation in our Halls of Residence on our Lancaster campus, while you participate in International Welcome and Orientation*.   

*Terms and conditions apply.  If you have a rental contract for the Lancaster Halls of Residence and arrive 5 (or more) days before the contract start date (i.e. before Sunday 19 September) those initial days are free, but normal rental charges apply after the contract start date. 

To book your accommodation at Lancaster during International Welcome and Orientation, please email: lancasteraccom@cumbria.ac.uk 

 

Financial Support Packages for Red, Amber & Green List Students 

The University of Cumbria has introduced a number of financial support packages to help with you with the additional cost of travel and quarantine (or self-isolation) upon arrival into England.  The amount of financial support available depends on which country you will be travelling from (or via) before entering England.    

Further details plus terms and conditions can be found here. 

*Terms and conditions apply.  If you have a contract for the Lancaster Halls of Residence and arrive 5 (or more) days before the contract start date (i.e. before Sunday 19 September) those initial days are free, but normal rental charges apply after the contract start date. 

 

Additional Support

The International Team will provide you with the following information and guidance to support you on your journey to study with us:

  • Information you need for your visa application and UK immigration
  • Guidance about living in the UK, our culture and local area information
  • Preparing to study at a UK university – access to our free online pre-entry Head Start course designed to help you develop your academic skills
  • Detailed information about accommodation available on campus
  • Travel information guidance and updates

 

On-Arrival Support

Financial Support Packages for Red, Amber & Green List Students

The University of Cumbria has introduced a number of financial support packages to help with you with the additional cost of travel and quarantine (or self-isolation) upon arrival into England. The amount of financial support available depends which country you will be travelling from (or via) before entering England. Further details plus terms and conditions can be found here.

*Terms and conditions apply. If you have a contract for the Lancaster Halls of Residence and arrive 5 (or more) days before the contract start date (i.e. before Sunday 19 September) those initial days are free, but normal rental charges apply after the contract start date.

International Registration

International Registration will be held on Friday 17 September 2021. We will send you details so that you can pre-register online and provide relevant information.

To register as a University of Cumbria International Student, you will need to bring the following documentation with you:

  • A valid passport (containing your vignette / visa)
  • All your original certificates and/or diplomas as listed in your CAS or offer letter
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit
  • Your accommodation contract or letter (or evidence that you have arranged accommodation at a private address less than one hour’s travel from your campus)
  • Your Tuberculosis (TB) screening and chest x-ray (if you are required to have one)

International Orientation

International Orientation provides you with the opportunity to relax, make new friends and get your bearings ahead of the formal University Induction and Welcome Programme.

We provide a 2-day programme of talks, activities, social gatherings and information sessions, all designed to help you acclimatise, overcome your jet lag and settle in before you start your studies.

Some of these sessions are compulsory as they provide information about your responsibilities as a Student Visa holder and an introduction to important services within the University.

Full details will be sent to you via email at least two weeks before the start date.

University Induction and Welcome Week

Once you have completed International Orientation you will join your classmates in the University-wide Induction programme and Welcome Week events. Further details can be found here.

 

On-Course Support

International Student Services

The International Team will provide you with the following information and guidance to support you on your journey to study with us:

  • Access to all university student services including money advice, counselling, disability, careers and study support
  • Opportunities for organised visits to local places of interest such as the Lake District and Manchester Christmas markets
  • Opportunities to meet other international and home students through campus-based events
  • International Student Ambassadors and Student Engagement Coordinators who can help you with queries you may have as you progress through your course

Practical information about your Study in the UK

Refer to our online International Welcome Guide for practical tips and information about things like opening what to bring with you, purchase an online bedding and kitchen utensils bedding pack and how to open a UK bank account. Coming Soon.

Progression and Employment

  • Advice about the amount of paid or voluntary work you can undertake under your visa approval
  • Information about the new Graduate Immigration Route and Post-Study Work Visa
  • Information about opportunities for further study or employment on completion of your course
  • Guidance on visa extensions and in country visa applications
  • For further information about visa extensions and UK immigration advice, please contact UKCISA who have a dedicated advice line for international students.

For more information, please contact our International Team by calling +44 (0)1524 590891, or send us an email.

 

On-Course Support

  • Access to all university student services including money advice, counselling, disability, careers and study support
  • Opportunities for organised visits to local places of interest such as the Lake District and Manchester Christmas markets
  • Opportunities to meet other international and home students through campus-based events
  • International Coordinators who can help you with queries you may have as you progress through your course

Student Support