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
    • Online before you travel.
    • You'll get an email about this once you receive your CAS.
    • Involves checking and updating your personal details.
  • Stage Two
    • 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.

You can check your registration steps at joining.herts.ac.uk

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.

Your quarantine period can go over these deadline dates, as long as you have fully completed both Stage 1 and Stage 2 registration and submitted your documents to show you are now in the UK.

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.

Start dates for new international students

The start date for most new international students for our 2021/22 academic year Semester A entry is Monday 27 September.

You must check your individual course start date on your offer letter as some courses will have slightly different dates.

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.

Please look carefully to check your course dates and make sure you are aware of the deadlines applicable to you.

Course Start dateLast date to registerLast date to arrive in the UK
Most courses (please check the exceptions list)27 September 202111 October 202131 October 2021

Course specific exceptions

CourseStart dateLast date to registerLast date to arrive in the UK
All Nursing programmes13 September 202127 September 202127 September 2021
All other School of Health and Social Work programmes (check course specifics if listed)27 September 202127 September 202127 September 2021
LLM Legal Practice6 September 202113 September 202113 September 2021
BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts27 September 202111 October 202111 October 2021
BA (Hons) Fine Art27 September 202111 October 202111 October 2021
BA (Hons) Photography27 September 202111 October 202111 October 2021
MSc Bioscience programmes27 September 202111 October 202111 October 2021
MSc Clinical Dermatology20 September 202128 September 202128 September 2021
MSc Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management20 September 202128 September 202128 September 2021
MSc Health and Medical Simulation20 September 20211 October 20211 October 2021
MSc Health and Medical Education20 September 202111 October 202111 October 2021
MSc Cardiology and Stroke20 September 202122 September 202122 September 2021
MSc Occupational Psychology20 September 202127 September 202127 September 2021
MSc Business Psychology20 September 202127 September 202127 September 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.

You can also read more start of term content to know what to expect from university life.

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