Future Students FAQ
Important Contact Details
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University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth Coronavirus Helpdesk:
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Samaritans (charity to support mental health emergencies): 116 123 (open 24 hours)
Academic Year 2021/22
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we don't know what the Government guidelines will be when the new academic year starts. We may need to adjust our approach to meet any restrictions in place at the time.
ICP are planning to deliver our courses fully face-to-face from October 2021, and we strongly encourage students to join us in Portsmouth for the full campus experience.
While we encourage you to join us face-to-face, we understand that there will be times this may not be possible, in which case we will have online options for you. These will include joining live classes online via Zoom, and/or asynchronous classes (recordings and activities for you to do) for those where timezones make live classes challenging or impossible.
These online options will be available to you if:
- You are not able to travel to the UK
- You need to quarantine or self-isolate
Also note that if you are unable to join us immediately in October due to visa, country, travel or other restrictions, you can start your studies online and join us as soon as you can. If necessary, in most cases you will be able to study the whole of the first semester online.
For students studying Year 1 Science and Engineeing courses only:
Some of your course will be delivered alongside University of Portsmouth students, which means:
- The online options may not be available for you, and you may be required to attend in person for certain lab-based modules (see the affected courses here).
- The “blended and connected” approach of the University differs slightly from the ICP fully face-to-face options, with around 20% of the course being delivered online to all students – please see more information here.
To make the most of your online studies and access all student content and assignments, you must have:
- A laptop/PC
- Working camera
- Good internet connection
Student without these, and studying only on a smart phone, or with a bad internet connection for example, have struggled to access content, join discussions or complete assessments to the standard required.
From 17 May a new “traffic light system” is in place for all travellers to England including students.
All arrivals will be required to complete a pre-departure test, complete a passenger locator form and book a travel test package.
- If you arrive from a Green country you will not have to self-isolate (quarantine) on arrival, and your travel test package will only include a test on Day 2
- If you arrive from an Amber country you will be required to self-isolate in your own accommodation, and your travel test package will include a test on both Day 2 and Day 8
- If you arrive from a Red country you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, and your travel test package will include a test on both Day 2 and Day 8. Further information about travelling from a “Red List” country can be found on the UKCISA website
When I travel to the UK, will I need to go into quarantine hotel?
If you arrive in England and you have been in or through any of the countries listed in the last 10 days, you will need to book a quarantine hotel. Information about hotel quarantine is available on the gov.uk website and will be updated regularly.
You will need to agree to pay for, and book, a quarantine package before you complete your passenger locator form and board your flight to the UK. The cost of a package for 1 adult in 1 room for 10 days (11 nights) is £1,750. The package includes the costs of transport from the airport to the designated hotel, food, accommodation and testing
If you are a new student travelling from a UK Government red list country, to join ICP for the Academic Year 2021/22, and are required to quarantine in a government hotel, you will receive a tuition fee discount of £750 towards your costs. More information on the terms and conditions can be found here.
Can I receive a Covid vaccination in the UK?
Anyone aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or visa status (this means students and adult dependants are eligible).
We recommend that you register with a GP (doctor) and get an NHS number if you have not done so already. An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to your GP practice online service. You can also find your NHS number using this link.
It is possible to request to book a vaccination appointment as an unregistered patient by contacting a local GP practice.
If you have not registered with a GP you will not be contacted for the vaccination so it is important that you register with your local GP.
You can book your vaccination appointments through the National Booking Service with your NHS number if you have previously received NHS treatment.
There is still time to submit your application if you're hoping to start your studies this autumn. To submit an application please visit our apply today page , complete the form and provide copies of all relevant documents (passport/academic qualification/English qualification etc). Once you submit the application, the admission team will get in touch with you within 2-5 working days.
What is the application deadline?
- Our application deadlines differ depending on the country you're applying from. Get in touch with our admissions team if you require further information.
I already have an offer and have questions about next steps, who do I contact?
Please send your outstanding documents stated in your offer letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will get back to you. If you have any specific enquiry or questions we will be more than happy to assist you.