Start dates for international students
Please be aware that start dates vary by programme and therefore you must only read the information relating to your chosen programme.
Please note if you are a research student, you'll need to speak to your supervisor.
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Registration takes place in two stages.
- online before you travel
- you'll get an email about this once you receive your CAS
- involves checking and updating your personal details
- also online this year
- you can do this before you travel if you aren't going to be in the UK by the start of term
- involves uploading copies of documents, including your evidence of visa application
- once you land in the UK, you'll need to upload a picture of your arrival stamp in your passport to the portal link we would have sent you so ensure you do not use the eGates at the airport.
Last date to register and be in the UK
You must be fully registered onto your course and be in the UK by the deadline dates shown in the table below, otherwise you will not be able to commence your studies with us and would need to return back home.
Engaging with your studies
You must be ready to start your course on the start date confirmed in the course registrations and arrivals deadline table, even if you are travelling to the UK after the start date. If you are starting your course outside the UK, you must engage online and have an 80% minimum engagement rate to ensure you are ready for face-to-face teaching upon arrival to the campus.
Online engagement prior to arrival will be monitored so you must ensure you are fully engaging with your learning materials, lectures and assignments from your course start date. If your online engagement is below 80% it may result in you being withdrawn from the programme.
Although your Home Office paperwork may tell you to collect your BRP card within 10 days, it is important that you complete any required quarantine in accordance with the law.
If you have set your BRP to come to the University the Student Immigration Team email you to let you know your BRP is ready for collection. They will be email a link to book an appointment to collect your BRP. You must select a date after any quarantine period has ended.
If you have set your BRP to collect from a local Post Office, again you must wait until after your quarantine period has ended. You do not normally need an appointment to collect from the Post Office, but you should check their opening times. Please note, the most local Post Office to the University with BRP collection facilities is in St Albans.
Start dates for new international students
The start date for most new international students for our 2021/22 academic year Semester B entry is Monday 24 January.
You must check your individual course start date on your offer letter as some courses will have slightly different dates. LLB year 1 and year 3 entry plus our MSc Physiotherapy courses start earlier as detailed below.
The table below outlines the start date, latest date to complete both steps of registration, and last date for you to arrive in the UK by. If you are in a position to travel to the UK ready for the start of your course, this is strongly recommended and gives you the greatest chance of successfully completing your course and ensuring you have the best student experience.
Please look carefully to check your course dates and make sure you are aware of the deadlines applicable to you.
Course registration and arrival deadlines
All applicants joining us for January 2022 need to ensure they are ready for face to face teaching by the deadline for their course, therefore it is important to ensure you plan your quarantine and travel around this. Use this table for guidance but ensure you make your travel plans with enough time to be ready for your deadline.
|Course||Start date||Last date to register||Date you must be in the UK ready for face-to-face teaching having completed any quarantine requirements|
|Courses in the Hertfordshire Business School||24 January 2022||7 February 2022||7 February 2022|
|Courses in the School of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering (excluding MSc Data Science)||24 January 2022||7 February 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Data Science (standard/ placement/ advanced research)||24 January 2022||7 February 2022||21 February 2022|
|LLB Year 1 Entry||10 January 2022||14 February 2022||21 February 2022|
|LLB Year 3 Entry||17 January 2022||14 February 2022||21 February 2022|
|LLM Masters in Law||24 January 2022||14 February 2022||21 February 2022|
|MSc Clinical Dermatology||24 January 2022||4 February 2022||31 January 2022|
|MSc Environmental Management||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Health and Medical Education||24 January 2022||1 February 2022||4 February 2022|
|MSc Medical and Healthcare Simulation||24 January 2022||1 February 2022||27 January 2022|
|MSc Sustainable Planning||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Sustainable Planning and Transport||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Sustainable Planning and Environmental Management||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Transport Planning||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Transport Planning with Advanced Research||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Water and Environmental Management||24 January 2022||31 January 2022||7 February 2022|
|MSc Physiotherapy||17 January 2022||17 January 2022||17 January 2022|
Table last updated 24 November 2021.
Terms of reference
Our return to campus learning
Find out more about our approach to learning this year
As a campus-based University, our emphasis is on face-to-face teaching and this will continue ensuring we are following national safety guidelines to provide a COVID-19 secure environment. Where required, we will also be using technologies to deliver rich and high-quality teaching through guided-learning, live interactive sessions or pre-recorded content to give the best possible student experience.
You can also read more start of term content to know what to expect from university life.
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