Start dates for international students

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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. If you are unsure about any terms or aspects of this page, please do not assume, instead contact international@herts.ac.uk and we'll help answer your query.

Registration

Registration takes place in two stages.

  • Stage One is undertaken online before you travel. You'll get an email about this once you receive your CAS
  • Stage Two is also online this year. 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. You may be asked to upload additional documents too.

Even if you arrive on the last date to register and need to quarantine, as long as you upload evidence of entry and any other document requested, we will register you. Your quarantine period can go over the last date to register but you must be in the United Kingdom and complete Stage two by the date outlined below.

If you arrive after the latest date to register for your programme or fail to register in time you will not be able to commence your studies with us and would need to return back home.

Semester B BRP collection

Although your Home Office paperwork may tell you to collect your BRP card within 10 days, it is important that you complete your 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 your 10 day 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.

On this page, we'll refer the following terms:

TermDefinition
New StudentA student who is starting their programme. This is any student entering a programme for the first time. This can be at any level of study. If you are an alumni of the University and are starting a new programme, you would still be a 'New Student'.
Returning StudentA student who is returning to their studies after the summer break. You may be entering Level 5 (Second Year), Level 6 (Final Year) or returning from a Placement Year. If you are progressing from a Navitas (Hertfordshire International College) programme you would be a 'New Student'.
UndergraduateThis is a Bachelors degree. The titles to look out for include: BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons), MPhys (Hons), MPharm and MOptom.
PostgraduateThis is a Masters or 'Grad' degree. The titles to look out for include: MA, MSc, MArch

Start Dates

The start date for new students for our 2020/21 academic year Semester B entry is Monday 25 January.

For new students from Hertfordshire Law School and the School of Life and Medical Sciences, your course modules will start on 25 January.

For new students from Hertfordshire Business School and the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science your course modules will start on 22 February, however there will be important academic skills classes from 25 January. The exception to this is Far STEM courses which will start their course modules on 25 January.

The table below outlines the start date, latest date to register, and the date you are able to arrive to begin quarantine for all courses, if you are in a position to travel to the UK. Please look carefully and find which category you fall under and make sure you are aware of the dates that are correct for you.

CourseNew international students start dateLast date to registerEarliest date you can arrive to begin quarantine
All Business School courses25 January 202122 February 202111 January 2021
All Computer Science & Engineering postgraduate courses (excluding Far STEM)25 January 202122 February 202111 January 2021
All Far STEM Engineering courses25 January 202115 February 202111 January 2021
All undergraduate Law School courses (LLB)25 January 202115 February 202111 January 2021
All postgraduate Law School courses (LLM)25 January 202122 February 202111 January 2021

Course specific exceptions

CourseNew international students start dateLast date to registerEarliest date you can arrive to begin quarantine
MSc Clinical Dermatology25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Skin Integrity and Wound Management25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Health and Medical Simulation25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Health and Medical Education25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Environmental Management25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Environmental Management with Agriculture25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Water and Environmental Management25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Sustainable Planning25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Sustainable Planning and Transport25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021
MSc Sustainable Planning and Environmental Management25 January 202108 February 202111 January 2021

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.

Our approach to learning