International students arrival guide
You are about to join a community of international students from over 140 countries. Find out the essential information you need to know for when you leave home, arrive on campus, and settle into university life.
Plan your arrival
View our semester and vacation dates.
Please check your CAS carefully and ensure that you make an application for your student visa in good time. If for any reason, you are unable to submit a visa application in time to begin your studies in person for the date you choose during online pre-registration, please update your online registration and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you have been issued a 30- or 90-day entry clearance vignette as part of your student visa application you must arrive within the dates shown on that document. If your travel is delayed and you are unable to arrive within those dates please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Book a Covid-19 test and self-isolate on arrival
Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result before departing for England.
Passengers will need to produce a test result taken less than 72 hours before boarding planes, boats or trains to the UK, and could be fined £500 in border spot checks without a negative result.
You will need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, even with a negative test, unless you are coming from one of the limited number of countries deemed low risk on the government’s travel corridor list.
Medical information for students from the European Economic Area
If you are a visitor/student from the European Economic Area (EEA) and require medical treatment, you need to provide a non-UK valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to ensure you are not charged for your healthcare. Your EHIC will cover you for all medically necessary treatment during your stay.
Before you leave
As an international student coming to study at the University of Surrey, there are a number of things you must do before you travel to the UK.
Be prepared for your arrival in the UK and travelling to the campus.