Start dates for international students

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Can't arrive by the 26 October?

If you are unable to enrol on your programme by this date, you must inform us by completing this short form.

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Due to the pandemic, we have had to make some significant changes to the intake dates this year. Because this might be confusing we've outlined exactly what you will need to do. 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 after the 12 October 2020 and need to quarantine, as long as you upload the evidence of entry and any other document requested, we will register you. You can be in quarantine after the 26 October 2020 and still register. However, you must have arrived in the UK and completed your Stage Two registration by the 26 October 2020. If you arrive after this date or fail to register in time you will not be able to commence your studies with us and would need to return back home.

26 October 2020 is the final date for registration for the Semester A entry for the 2020/21 academic year. If you are unable to enrol by this date, you must inform us by completing this short form.

Semester A 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 14-day quarantine in accordance with the law.

If the Student Immigration Team email you to let you know your BRP is ready for collection, but you are still in your 14 day quarantine period, you must email them back to let them know and a day will be arrange after your quarantine has ended. If you have set your BRP to collect from a local post office, please contact the post office by phone or email to advise them the date your quarantine ends and that you would like to collect it after then.

Don't worry, our Student Immigration Team will get in touch with you to organise a time to collect this from the Ask Herts Hubs.

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

We have two main start dates for our 2020/21 academic year. One for students joining us from within the UK and one for international students. These are:

  • UK students and Returning International students - 21 September 2020
  • New International students - 26 October 2020

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

Although the official international start date is the 26 October 2020, if you are able to start earlier, you are more than welcome to join your programme alongside UK students. It is important to remember that you will not be disadvantaged in your learning if you choose to start your studies on the 26 October 2020.

Given the extraordinary nature of this academic year, any student starting at the later International start date will receive additional remote support from the programme team, access to all of the learning materials as well as recorded lectures online. We understand that you may have concerns about falling behind but throughout the whole return to campus, we want to learn in a safe environment without any comprise on teaching quality.

For all courses (unless specifically mentioned) a rolling start is available from the UK and Returning International Students start date up until 26 October 2020, and you are welcome to begin your studies as soon as you are registered at any point between these dates.

Standard entry

CourseUK Students & Returning International Start DateNew International Students Start Date & Last Date to RegisterEarliest date you can arrive to begin quarantine
All undergraduate courses
(excluding those listed below)
21 September 202026 October 20207 September 2020
All postgraduate courses
(excluding those listed below)
26 October 202026 October 202010 October 2020

Course specific exceptions

CourseUK Students & Returning International Start DateNew International Students Start Date & Last Date to RegisterEarliest date you can arrive to begin quarantine
BSc (Hons) Nursing & BSc (Hons) Midwifery
(Adult, Child, Mental Health & Learning Disability)
14 September 202026 October 202031 August 2020
NB: If you miss the 14 September 2020 start date, you will start on 26th October 2020.
MSc Nursing
(Adult & Mental Health)
14 September 202026 October 202031 August 2020
NB: If you miss the 14 September 2020 start date, you will start on 26th October 2020.
MSc Clinical Dermatology28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Skin Integrity and Wound Management28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Health and Medical Simulation28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Health and Medical Education28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Cardiology & Stroke28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Environmental Management28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Environmental Management with Agriculture28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Water and Environmental Management28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Sustainable Planning28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Sustainable Planning and Transport28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
MSc Sustainable Planning and Environmental Management28 September 202026 October 202014 September 2020
NB: It is recommended you arrive before 5 October 2020 if possible.
LLM Legal Practice
(LPC)
14 September 202026 October 202031 August 2020

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