Global travel continues to be significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We are monitoring the situation very closely. Our policy is to abide by international and UK government guidelines.

International arrivals

If you are planning to return from another country, please see our international test to travel information.  

Tier 4 and Student Visas

Updated 26 August 2021: For the 2021/22 academic year the Home Office expect all sponsored students currently studying their programme remotely to arrive by 27 September 2021 to facilitate face-to-face learning.

However, for those unable to travel to the UK by 27 September 2021 due to travel restrictions, distance learning is permitted for students studying overseas provided they will transition to face-to-face or blended learning in the UK before 06 April 2022.

Once in the UK, the distance learning concession expires on 27 September 2021. Blended learning is however permitted, provided there is face-to-face contact at least twice per month during term time, on a rolling four-week basis.

Students sponsored under Tier 4/Student routes must engage in all timetabled events and expected engagement points (online lectures, online learning portals, submission of coursework etc.). Failure to do so may impact sponsorship. 

Unless we have to withdraw sponsorship, your visa remains valid.

Updated 12 July: The Graduate immigration route launched on 1 July 2021. It will enable students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or Master’s degree to remain in the UK for up to two years to work after study (three years if they have completed a PhD). See the Home Office Fact sheet and UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for more information.

Those intending to apply for the route must already be in the UK and will need to complete the ‘Intention to Apply’ form and ‘Previous CAS request’ form (if required) in order for the Student Immigration Compliance Team to carry out your eligibility check and report your successful completion to the Home Office.

Updated 6 September: For sponsored Students who intend to apply for the Graduate Route upon successful completion of their programme, the following applies:

  • Those who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 or Spring 2021 via distance learning, and who have not previously entered the UK to study that course will be able to make a Graduate application if they make a successful Student visa application and arrive in the UK either before their visa ends or by 27 September 2021, whichever is sooner
  • Those who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 or 2021 who have existing permission as a Student to study that course, and who have already travelled to the UK during that period of permission, will be able to make a Graduate application as long as they are present in the UK before the end date of their permission.

Updated 6 September: Those who commence a course of 12 months or less in Autumn 2021 or Spring 2022 via distance learning from overseas must enter the UK no later than 06 April 2022 and complete that course of study in the UK with permission as a Student to be eligible for the Graduate Route. Students should travel once they are able to do so.

Updated 12 July: If you will still be able to submit your dissertation within your existing grant of leave, you would not ordinarily require a visa extension.

Visa extensions and therefore issuance of a new CAS will be considered on a case by case basis depending on the Home Office regulations/concessions in place at the time.

Should you have any queries about your status, please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team.

Updated 12 July: For queries about your immigration status under the Tier 4/Student Route (sponsorship, change of location, visa expiry/extension), please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team on  

International student support

Updated 31 March: Teaching and learning is available online including on-campus teaching (where possible).

Lectures will be available in advanced of the timetabled event so you can view at a time that suits you.

Some modules, or parts of modules, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.

Student Support and Wellbeing and Wellbeing continue to offer online appointments and support.

Updated 31 March: Although travel and international mobility remains restricted due to the pandemic there are a range of ways through which you can continue to socialise and network with other international students at Kent and across our network of partner institutions. This includes:

Contact the Dean for Internationalisation for more information.

Updated 31 March: Our National Health Service (NHS) provides a range of services for both UK and international students and these are available for you to use if you need them. 

You do not have to pay to be tested for Covid-19, unless you are being tested privately to support your travel back to the UK from another country. You also do not have to pay for any Covid-19 treatment you receive if your result is positive. 

The NHS provides specific Covid-19 advice through the NHS online service and by calling 111. 

The University provides a range of welfare services including counselling, mental health and wellbeing support. The College Life Team is your first port of call; they can provide lots of information about the support and advice you can access at Kent. You can also email the Dean for Internationalisation’s Office.

At Kent, we have an International Hardship Fund to support students affected by the pandemic. Please contact us if you would like further information on this. 

Updated 31 March: We appreciate that many of our students are being affected financially by the pandemic. 

We have lots of avenues of support available and there are a variety of hardship funds outlined on our Emergency Funding page.

Updated 8 July: Please contact either or who should be able to help.

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