Covid-19 information for international applicants and offer holders
(Page last updated 01/07/20)
September 2020 intake offer holders
The University campus will be open to students for the September 2020 intake.
We aim is to provide as much face to face teaching as possible whilst also maintaining social distancing and keeping our students/staff as safe as possible. We know that your decision to go to university isn’t just about learning, it is also about other experiences and we aim to ensure you get everything you are looking for, although a little different. Therefore we are currently planning:
- To combine on campus face to face and online teaching as appropriate.
- As an international student we know that you are concerned about applying for your visa and being able to travel to the UK. We are monitoring the situation globally and will start to issue CAS once we know that the Visa Offices in your country are open and that it is possible for you to travel to the UK and arrive on campus safely.
- We expect all students to arrive in September. As a back-up, all of our courses will be available online for the whole academic year. So, if you are unable to travel to the UK and Bangor in September, you will still be able to participate fully in your course until you are able to travel.
- Social distancing measures on campus will include increased frequency of cleaning, markers and signs, one-way systems and reduced capacity in rooms.
- Student Services and Student Support services including our dedicated International Student Support service will be open on campus, so if you have any issues, needs or concerns they will be there for you.
- Where professional courses, such as nursing, require direct contact with others without social distancing, then PPE will be provided.
- Your Students' Union will be looking at ways to continue their activities online and building online communities. They will also continue to offer their support services for all students and will continue to fully represent you.
- Further information about arrival in the UK, travelling to Bangor, Welcome Week / Registration Week will be provided in due course.
- Staff on campus not directly involved in supporting students will be kept to a minimum to reduce the potential for congestion and to make it easier to maintain social distancing. All staff who are on campus will have received appropriate training.
We want you to have an amazing time with us next year and although your experience will be different to previous study, all the staff at Bangor are creating new and exciting ways of learning and experiencing university. University is all about invention, exploring the unknown and tackling difficult challenges, this is what we do best, and this is what students come to us to learn. Now we are putting this into practice!
We look forward to welcoming you on campus in September.
January 2021 intake offer holders
We will be issuing further guidance shortly, please keep visiting this page for more information.
Contacting the University
Webinars and Live Chat with staff
We will be scheduling a number of Live Chat sessions over the coming weeks so that you can speak to academic staff and support staff.
Chat with our students
Contact us through email
You can also contact us through email:
Pre-Sessional English Programmes – currently being taught online
Due to the Covid-19 situation in the UK, the below pre-sessional English programmes will be taught online:
- July - September 2020
- August - September 2020
For the latest information please go to the ELCOS pages.
Meet us in your Country
We are sorry that our country visits have been postponed and we apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.
We are closely monitoring the situation around the pandemic of Coronavirus (Covid-19), and the welfare of students, staff, and the community is our absolute priority during this difficult time.
In the meantime, you can take a look at our Virtual Tours and Visits page for 360 tours and videos.
For information on our Live Chat sessions and Webinars, click here.
Virtual Visit Days
Bangor University will be running virtual visit days which will be aimed at Undergraduate students, the next one will be on:
- Wednesday 8th July
For more information and to register click here.
There will be a series of live chats on these days and we will also be running an International/EU Live chat between 2.30pm - 3.30pm on each of the above dates.
Application related FAQs
(Study, Visa, Deposits, and Accommodation matters)
Will the September 2020 intake still be going ahead?
Yes, the University will be starting the next academic year in September, as planned, and the campus will be open. We will combine on campus face to face and online teaching as appropriate.
We can reassure our international applicants that the University will also be taking into consideration what is happening in your respective countries; travel restrictions globally; the safety of international travel and visa processing availability and we will try our best to ensure that no one is disadvantaged.
Can I pay my deposit online if I can’t get to the bank?
You can still pay your deposit via bank transfer or you can use transfer mate, more details here. At the moment we are unable to take any payments over the telephone.
What if I cannot travel to the UK in September to join the course on time for reasons like visa delays, flight issues, or travel restrictions etc?
We expect our international students to travel to Bangor in time for the on campus start in September 2020, if possible. The University is planning to deliver programmes through a combination of on campus face to face and online teaching, with social distancing measures implemented throughout campus. Further guidance on these arrangements will be released shortly on the webpage.
However, if you are not able to arrive on campus in time for some reasons, for example;
a)Visa delays - e.g. visa application can't be submitted, or visa has not been issued on time.
b)Flight issues – e.g. nearby airports are closed, flights are not available, or flights are too expensive.
c)Travel restrictions: e.g. Restrictions/lockdown imposed within your home country or in the UK
then you will be able start your course online and continue your studies online from your home country.
We are working on arrangements for student arrivals later in the semester and we shall publish this information on these pages and on the Arrival Pages.
I have applied for a course which normally would have been delivered on campus, can I opt to study entirely by distance learning next year?
No we are sorry, this is not an option. We are aiming to make all of the core content available on line to be used where students are unable to be on campus due to Covid 19. This is to protect students from missing elements of their programme if they are unable to attend campus for a short period or if parts of the programme, such as large lectures, can’t be delivered on site because of social distancing. The key strengths of Bangor University are around our community and the broad range of activity and support that we offer. We will therefore expect you to make yourself available to participate in as much of the on campus support, delivery and activities as possible.
What is your advice if I can’t apply for my visa yet because my visa processing office isn’t open?
According to UKVI guidance we will issue your CAS once all relevant checks are undertaken. Therefore, you can go ahead and pay your deposit or provide your sponsor’s financial guarantee letter and we can then issue your CAS. Even if the Visa Application Centre in your country is not open, we will issue the CAS as this will enable you to apply for a visa immediately when it reopens.
If you are not able to arrive on campus in time for some reason such as visa delays, flight issues or travel restrictions then you will be able to start your course online and travel to campus when you are able.
If I pay my tuition fee deposit now but can’t apply for my visa, will I be eligible to get a refund of my deposit payment?
Yes, you would get a refund subject to the usual conditions posted here on website. You could also consider deferring your start to January 2021 (for selected few Masters courses only) or to secure your place for next year, defer to September 2021 (when all courses will be available). In both cases it is possible to carry over your deposit. Alternatively, we suggest that you consider starting your course online and travel to Bangor once you secure your visa and are able to travel.
What if my qualifying degree results are delayed, can I defer to next intake?
Yes you can defer to January if your course is available with a January start . If your course does not have a January start you can defer to September 2021 intake. Please make the deferral request through the online application portal or through your agent.
As my course also has a January start date, can I defer to January or do I have to come in September?
Yes you can defer to January if your course is available with a January start. Please make the deferral request through the online application portal or through your agent. If your course does not have a January start you can defer to September 2021 intake.
The IELTS testing centres are closed in my country how can I provide evidence of English?
IELTS test centres are reopening in many countries, visit the following webpage to check:
We recognise many other English language tests as an alternative to IELTS for entry to our programmes starting in September 2020 and January 2021 intakes.
- Duolingo English Test
- TOEFL IBT At Home
- LanguageCert International ESOL, B2 Communicator
English Language Tests:
- BUELT – Bangor University English Language Test
- Pearson PTE
- TOEFL IBT
- LanguageCert International ESOL, B2 Communicator
- Cambridge B1 Prelimenary (formerly PET)*
- Cambridge B2 First (formerly CEF)
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)
- Trinity ISE I*
- Trinity ISE II
- Trinity ISE III
- CET Band 6
Note: Tests marked with * will be considered for entry onto Pre-sessional English courses only. For further information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
If I start the course online can I travel to Bangor as soon as I am able to or will I need to complete the first semester online?
We advise you to travel to campus as soon as you can. But you must inform us of your arrival date. We will shortly be providing further guidance for students who need to arrive on campus after the start of semester.
Will my Tier 4 visa allow me study through distance/ blended learning?
Yes. Distance/ blended learning will be permitted for the 2020/21 academic year provided students intend to transition to on campus, face to face learning as soon as circumstances allow.
If I need to start my course Online will I still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route when I complete my studies?
Those studying by distance/ blended learning will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021, and they meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria
What is the last date I can arrive on campus?
If you cannot arrive on campus in time for the start of the course in September, you will be able to arrive at a later date.
We will shortly be providing further information on this webpage about arriving on campus after the start of semester.
What happens if I need to quarantine on arrival? Can the University help me with this – travel from airport/accommodation? How would this work?
The University can confirm that if you have applied for University accommodation you will be able to quarantine in your room, and the University will support you during the 14 day period. If you intend to study in Bangor in September but have not yet applied for University accommodation, you are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible. You can submit your accommodation application here.
The University is currently planning for how we will accommodate students who need to quarantine and also awaiting guidance from the Welsh government. For further details, keep checking our COVID-19 updates webpage here.
Study related FAQs
(Online, Blended, Classes, Labs, Library, and Facilities)
Do I need to live in Bangor or can I live with family in the UK and travel to Bangor when I have face to face classes?
University rules stipulate that all registered students who are sponsored on a Tier 4 visa by Bangor University are required to live within 1 hour’s travelling distance of Bangor.
Will studying my course online will have any impact on my career prospects later on?
The objectives and programme learning outcomes of your degree programme will remain exactly the same. The syllabus and what you will study will also be the same, subject to updates that ensure the degree remains current and up-to-date. There may be differences in the way the degree is delivered but it will be of the University’s same high standard.
Arrival at Campus FAQs
(Welcome, Orientation, Airport Pick-up, Food, and Local Travel)
How will I meet people if there is no face to face welcome week?
The International Student Support Office, alongside the University centrally, the Students Union and Campus Life Halls Teams will run an online orientation programme, where you will be able to meet and socialise with other students. The full programme of events will be available to view prior to your arrival. These will carry on after welcome week, to make sure you can meet and engage with other students.
Will there be any orientation program for international students?
There will be a full on-line orientation programme running from 18th September until teaching starts on the 28th September. Details will be sent to you prior to arrival, and we will also publish the full details on our website. The orientation programme will include a mix of social events, information sessions and practical advice on living & studying in Bangor.
How will the welcome week and orientation program work?
A full orientation programme will be available on-line. This will include sessions & events organised by your School, the International Student Support Office, Campus Life (University accommodation social programme), the Students Union and the University centrally. Sessions will run using Microsoft Teams, and other platforms such as Zoom, Skype and social media. You will be able to access the programme from your own laptop or University PC’s.
How do I travel to Bangor?
The nearest International Airport is Manchester. There is information on our website about How to get to Bangor.
Will the airport pick-up still go ahead?
We intend to run an airport pick-up service from Saturday 18th September. More details on arrangements will be available in due course at: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/international/support/airport-pickup/
What kind of support will be available for international students during COVID-19 pandemic?
During this difficult period, the International Student Support Office, Student Services and your School will provide support for your academic studies and any non-academic issues you may have. This will mainly be done online, by telephone, skype and email. Depending on the situation from September and rules for social distancing, some face-to-face support may also be available.
In addition to support for your studies from your School, we will also advise you on practical issues such as visas, financial matters, health, registration and general issues concerned with living in a new country and environment.
For further details read the international student support section here
Will I meet other students at my accommodation?
If you book University accommodation, you will most likely be living in a shared apartment with other students, so you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and make friends. We will ensure that you are briefed on regulations for social distancing in force at the time, so you and your friends can live together safely.
General concerns about COVID-19
(Social, Safety, Discrimination, and Healthcare)
What is ‘social distancing’?
Social distancing is the term used in the UK about the steps to reduce social interaction between people. This helps reduce the transmission of coronavirus from one person to another. In other countries, this is sometimes called ‘physical distancing’.
How will I get to know people and make friends if the year starts partly or fully online?
Staff are already planning for a socially distanced on-campus Welcome Week, but a lot of work is also going into developing a fully online version as well. The priority is to enable you to meet new people, make friends and settle into being part of the Bangor University community as quickly as possible. We know that this is just as important as your academic experience.
Where can I find latest information about COVID-19 situation in the UK? Is there a risk of second wave of infections in the UK?
We recommend that you visit the UK government COVID-19 webpage which is updated regularly to understand current situation and risk level.
As an international student, what kind of support I can expect from the university during this COVID-19 pandemic?
We understand how important it is to maintain a sense of community throughout this global crisis and we are taking every possible step to support your studies, your mental health and wellbeing, and your relationships with other students and staff. From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has been offering Online Chat Sessions with our staff, conducting free webinars to help resolve any queries you may have, offering advice on health, travel, accommodation, visa, and study-related matters, and also providing hardship funds to some of our students in need.