Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Covid-19 information for international applicants and offer holders

(Page last updated 23/09/20)

September 2020 intake offer holders

The University campus will be open to students for the September 2020 intake, starting its new academic year on the 28th September 2020.

We will provide you with a Blended Learning experience. This is what you can expect:

  • On-campus live sessions such as seminars, practicals and tutorials will be delivered in small groups so that you are able to socially distance. The size of the groups will depend on the social distancing measures in place at the time.
  • In subject areas where it is appropriate, staff are also working on delivering practicals online, including the use of cutting-edge laboratory-based software.
  • You will receive lecture sessions online either recorded or live. In addition staff are working on new innovative and exciting ways of delivery, such as short recorded sessions with interactive activities to develop learning communities with fellow students and high quality learning experiences.
  • Your own self-directed learning will also be part of your programme as is usually the case. (e.g. reading, preparing for assignments, watching other video resources, working with your fellow students on learning activities).

The amount of on-campus live or online delivery will depend upon a number of things:

  • Firstly how much of your specific course is made up of large lectures, seminars, practicals and field work.
  • Secondly on the rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 which we have to comply with as we go through the academic year. We are trying to ensure that we have the flexibility to increase the amount of on-campus live teaching as and when we can.

Key Dates

Date Event
18 September (Available from 17th Sept 2020 to 27 Sept 2020) Welcome and Orientation Program
28 September Classes start
25 Sept 2020 (If your CAS was issued after 15 Sept this deadline has been extended to 16 Oct 2020) Online Registration deadline
11 October Online registration deadline for Bangor University International College (BUIC) Students  
6 October
13 October
20 October
27 October
3 November
10 November
17 November
24 November
8 December
15 December
Airport pick-up
From 13 September

University Halls arrival

If you need to Self-Isolate (refer to the self-isolation FAQ below) on arrival, then you can choose to arrive early from 13th September. However it will also be possible to undertake both Orientation and Online classes while self-isolating. 

a)Please inform the Halls office of your arrival date so they can ensure your room is ready  halls@bangor.ac.uk

b)If you have booked an airport-pick up you can move in on that date

 

We look forward to welcoming you on campus in September.

We advise you to keep checking this page regularly for further updates.

Arrival at Campus FAQs

(Welcome, Orientation, Airport Pick-up, Food, Accommodation and Local Travel)

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 at the start of semester 2.

How do I travel to Bangor? How do I book the airport pick-up?

The nearest International Airport is Manchester. There is information on our website about How to get to Bangor.

We will be running an airport pick-up service on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6 October 2020
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2020
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2020
  • Tuesday, 3 November 2020
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020
  • Tuesday, 8 December 2020
  • Tuesday, 15 December 2020

For more information and to book a place please visit: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/international/support/airport-pickup/

What happens if I need to self-isolate (quarantine) on arrival in the UK?

Will I need to Self-Isolate on Arrival?

The UK and Welsh governments currently require travellers arriving from many countries in the world to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK. Please see the list of countries exempt from the 14 day self-isolation rules in Wales. Please check this list before you travel as the countries listed may have changed.

Please note: if you come from a country that does not need to self-isolate on arrival, but you transit through a country on your journey to the UK that is not on the exempt list, you WILL be expected to self-isolate on arrival. So please check your flights route carefully.

The aim of the self-isolation policy is to keep the transmission rate in the UK as low as possible by helping prevent the re-introduction of the virus through travellers arriving from overseas.

If you do need to self-isolate on arrival, the University has put in place a number of services to support you to ensure that you are safe and well looked after during your period of self-isolation. Please read the following information carefully.

What does Self-Isolation mean?

  • On arrival in the UK you are required to travel directly from airport to your self-isolation accommodation.
  • You should not leave your accommodation until the self-isolation period (currently 14 days) is complete (except if you need urgent medical attention or cannot access basic necessities)
  • Compliance with the self-isolation is your personal responsibility – but failure to comply with the requirements is an offence that can be punished with a fine.
  • You will be able to participate in the University Online Orientation programme while self-isolating.
  • If you arrive in the UK after the start of the semester then you can start your studies online while self-isolating, as long as you have completed the online registration process.

The University will do all we can to support you during this self-isolation period to help ensure that you are safe and well.

Please read this document: How to self-isolate when you arrive in Wales

What do I need to do before I travel?

  • Inform Bangor University of your arrival date and arrival time by emailing: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk .
  • Inform your accommodation provider in the UK of your arrival date and arrival time.
  • If you have not yet secured accommodation, ensure that you have temporary accommodation booked for your self-isolation period (see the Private Accommodation section below)
  • Plan how you will travel from the airport to your accommodation. Bangor University will be running an Airport pick-up service from Manchester airport on a number of dates in September, with further dates planned for late arrivals in October, November and December.
  • Currently anybody arriving in the UK from overseas including International students must complete a passenger locator form online. You will need to provide details of your journey, your contact details and the address in the UK where you will be self-isolating. You can complete it up to 48 hours before you enter the UK.
  • Some countries will require you to take a Covid-19 test prior to departure to show you are free of the virus. Please check the guidance for your country.
  • Read the UK Government guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers for advice on how to stay safe while you travel.

What do I need to bring with me when I travel?

You will need to bring:

  • a copy of the passenger locator form, either a printed copy or on your mobile phone - you may need to show it to the immigration officer on arrival
  • a face mask and hand sanitiser in your hand luggage
  • an international credit or debit card and enough cash for use at the airport in case of emergencies – using cash on arrival should be avoided if possible
  • a copy of your CAS letter.

Self-isolating in University Managed Accommodation

If you have pre-booked a room in University managed accommodation (Halls) then you can self-isolate in the room that you have booked. As students will be expected to remain in self–isolation in their room for this 14 day period the University will provide:

  • 3 meals per day for the 14-day isolation period at no cost
  • a starter pack* of bedding, towels, toiletries and utensils at no cost
  • daily contact - a member of the accommodation staff will also contact you daily to check on your health and welfare and offer advice on where you can get help on any issues that arise
  • the option of arriving 14 days early** to complete the quarantine period at no additional accommodation cost.

**The student accommodation contract with the university will start on 27th September 2020. But if you wish to arrive early to complete your self-isolation then students can arrive up to 14 days before this date i.e. any day between 13th-27th September. The University will not be charging any accommodation fees for early arrivals before 27th September. The International Orientation Programme will be available from the 13th September to support those who wish to arrive early.

International arrivals after the 27th September will not benefit from free accommodation days, but will be provided with the free food service and the starter pack for the 14 day quarantine period.

It’s important to inform the Halls office of your planned arrival date so that they are able to ensure that your room is ready, and all the support services are in place. Email halls@bangor.ac.uk

If you experience the symptoms of Covid-19 during the 14 day quarantine period please alert a member of the accommodation staff who can advise you on what to do next.

If you have additional questions about Self-Isolating in University Managed Accommodation please email: halls@bangor.ac.uk

Please note that the information above only applies if you have pre-booked a room in University managed accommodation for the year (or a semester for Exchange/Study Abroad students).

If you have not managed to secure accommodation before your arrival in the UK the University may have some short-term accommodation available for students and may also be able to provide a food service for students booking this short-term accommodation that need to self-isolate.  However, you will be required to pay for the room, starter pack* and the food, at a cost of £438 for the 14 day period. You should book this short-term accommodation before you arrive by emailing: halls@bangor.ac.uk.

*Starter pack contents:

  • bed pack (duvet, pillows, bed linen) size dependent on room.
  • a toiletry tack (shampoo, shower gel, soap etc)
  • crockery pack (all crockery, cutlery and glass tumbler)
  • toilet roll 2 ply x2
  • towels x 2
  • mini kettle.

Self-isolating in Private Accommodation 

If you have booked a place in Private Accommodation check what support your accommodation provider will be able to provide during your self-isolation period.

You should also ensure that you inform both the University and your accommodation provider of your arrival date.

The University has been liaising with private accommodation providers to enquire about what support they can offer and to ensure that they understand the requirements around self-isolation.

The International student support team will be able to offer you help, support and advice while you are self-isolating in private accommodation. internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk

Because you will need somewhere safe and comfortable to self-isolate on arrival and you need to provide your address in the UK on the passenger locator form, it’s essential to arrange at least temporary accommodation before your arrival in the UK.

If you have not managed to secure accommodation before your arrival in the UK the University may have some short-term accommodation available for students and may also be able to provide a food service for students booking this short-term accommodation that need to self-isolate.  However, you will be required to pay for the room, starter pack* and the food, at a cost of £438 for the 14 day period. You should book this short-term accommodation before you arrive by emailing: halls@bangor.ac.uk.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide accommodation for couples and families in University managed accommodation. If you are coming with your family please contact our Private Housing Office for advice: studenthousing@bangor.ac.uk

*Starter pack contents:

  • bed pack (duvet, pillows, bed linen) size dependent on room.
  • a toiletry tack (shampoo, shower gel, soap etc)
  • crockery pack (all crockery, cutlery and glass tumbler)
  • toilet roll 2 ply x2
  • towels x 2
  • mini kettle.


Will there be any orientation program for international students and how will it work?

There will be a full on-line orientation programme running from the 18th September until teaching starts on the 28th September. Details will be sent to you prior to arrival, and are also published on our website. The orientation programme will include a mix of social events, information sessions and practical advice on living and studying in Bangor.

The orientation programme will include sessions and 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.

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.

Do I have to pay for accommodation if I’m not there?  

The start of the term will be on the 28th of September.

If you will be arriving to Bangor using our Airport Pick-up service then you will move into your accommodation on the same day.

However, if you decide to travel to Bangor on your own then we advise you to arrive at the university on the move-in date assigned to you by Halls office, which can be any day between 18th and 27th September.

All accommodation contracts will start from the 27th September (you will not be charged until the 27th September even if you move in before that on the 18th September or onwards), but to enable physical distancing, the move-in process will be staggered over several days.

If you are unable to move into your accommodation during this period due to Covid-19, then your room will be held for you for a maximum of 12 weeks and you will only be charged for the period in residence.

Study related FAQs

(Online, Blended, Classes, Labs, Library, and Facilities)

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 blended learning, a combination of on campus live sessions and online delivery, with social distancing measures implemented throughout campus in line with the government guidelines.

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 or flights are not available

c)Travel restrictions: e.g. Restrictions/lockdown imposed within your home country or in the UK

then you will be able to start your course online and will be expected to travel to Bangor to continue your studies as soon as you are able to during semester 1 or at the latest by the start of semester 2.

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.

Can I study Semester 1 online from my home country?

The default teaching model of Bangor University is blended learning, with a combination of both on-campus in-person delivery and online delivery. The proportion of these delivery modes is dependent on degree programme. However, there might be reasons why you cannot attend the on-campus in-person delivery mode. So the answer to this question is YES, if you are an international student who is not able to travel to Bangor and the UK for reasons connected to Covid-19 or for health concerns, you will still be able to register in September and start studying online for most degree programmes. This arrangement does not apply to Exchange / Erasmus students as they are required to attend on campus.

There are some degree programmes where this is not possible (please refer to the list below to check if your course is listed).

You have the flexibility to arrive in Bangor during Semester 1 or in January for the start of Semester 2. When studying online, you will be fully registered and will have access to all the course materials and online teaching until you are able to join us.

During the registration process you will be able to make a request in the MyBangor Request Centre to study off campus, and online. You should make this request after completing the online enrolment forms and before you arrange an appointment for an ID check. Once your request has been confirmed you should then make an appointment for an ID check when your registration with the University will be confirmed. Your initial request will be for a 4 week period so, assuming you remain unable to travel to Bangor, you will need to make further requests every 4 weeks.

When you are able to travel, we will offer advice and support on travelling to and arriving in Bangor.

IMPORTANT: It will not be possible to study the following courses purely online in Semester 1.

This means that you will be required to arrive on campus in Bangor by 16th October.

Education (Undergraduate)

  • BA Primary Education with QTS

Education (Postgraduate)

  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary

Health Sciences (Undergraduate)

  • BN Adult Nursing
  • BN Children’s Nursing
  • BN Learning Disabilities Nursing
  • BN Mental Health Nursing
  • BM Midwifery
  • BSc Health Studies (Return to Practice)

Health Sciences (Postgraduate)

  • PGCert Advanced Helicopter Emergency Medicine Services (HEMS) Practice
  • PGDip Adult Nursing
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (AHP)
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MA Social Work

Medical Sciences (Postgraduate)

  • MSc Physician Associate Studies
  • C21NW Medicine

Psychology (Postgraduate)

  • MSc Counselling - Students on this course could begin studying online in Semester 1, if required due to a Covid-19 related reason. However, students must be prepared for the possibility that they may not be able to study the entire year in this way if the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy reintroduces a requirement for in-person delivery.

Which courses will it not be possible to study online only in Semester 1?

Please note, it will not be possible to study the following courses purely online in Semester 1. This means that you will be required to arrive on campus in Bangor by 16th October.

Education (Undergraduate)

  • BA Primary Education with QTS

Education (Postgraduate)

  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary

Health Sciences (Undergraduate)

  • BN Adult Nursing
  • BN Children’s Nursing
  • BN Learning Disabilities Nursing
  • BN Mental Health Nursing
  • BM Midwifery
  • BSc Health Studies (Return to Practice)

Health Sciences (Postgraduate)

  • PGCert Advanced Helicopter Emergency Medicine Services (HEMS) Practice
  • PGDip Adult Nursing
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (AHP)
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MA Social Work

Medical Sciences (Postgraduate)

  • MSc Physician Associate Studies
  • C21NW Medicine

Psychology (Postgraduate)

  • MSc Counselling - Students on this course could begin studying online in Semester 1, if required due to a Covid-19 related reason. However, students must be prepared for the possibility that they may not be able to study the entire year in this way if the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy reintroduces a requirement for in-person delivery.

 

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 by contacting internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk.

If you will be arriving late due to a covid-related situation (borders closed, delays in visa issues, need to self-isolate) then please let the University know as soon as possible by contacting immigration@bangor.ac.uk, as well as informing your School.

We will shortly be providing further guidance for students who need to arrive on campus after the start of semester.

What does blended learning mean?

Blended learning means that you will study by a combination of different methods. This will include:

  • Attending classes online, these could be live classes or pre-recorded lectures. Arrangements will vary between degree programmes. Live online classes will enable you to use the messaging / chat function to ask questions just like in an on-campus class. You might even find that this facility makes it easier to ask questions, as not every student likes to ask questions in front of the class.
  • Both the pre-recorded lectures and a recording of live classes and presentation slides will be made available to you on the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) ‘Blackboard’ for the duration of the academic year. You will be able to watch the lectures again, as often as you wish. This will be valuable for working on assignments and for preparing for examinations.
  • Participating in discussion forums, these could be live timetabled forums where you will discuss specific topics through online meeting software with the rest of the class. Discussions could also take place online over a longer period of time.
  • On-campus seminars, tutorials, practicals and demonstrations in small groups, keeping to physical distancing rules as your safety will be an important part of your programme learning and teaching experience. Such sessions could also be held online using a meetings software. Arrangements will vary according to the degree programme.
  • Where possible on-campus drop-in sessions to meet with the lecturer and / or tutor in-person keeping to physical distancing rules as your safety, will be part of your programme learning and teaching experience, such sessions could also be held one-to-one using a meetings software. Arrangements will vary according to the degree programme.

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 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.

How will you be supporting my learning?

Our library is already in the process of trialling a click and collect service for books and we have already increased access to online resources. So the library resources will be there to support you, and we will increase access to the library as soon as possible according to Covid-19 guidelines.

We are also investing in a range of new software to support your learning experience from September. Our aim is to give you the very best experience possible, you will have more control over how and when you learn than has ever been possible before.

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.

Will I be able to use the library?

Yes, you will be able to use library facilities through a ‘click and collect’ service, which means that you can submit an online order for books and collect the material in person from the library. For details click here.

You will also have access to a wealth of electronic material including e-books, e-journals and electronic databases which can be accessed both on and off-campus via Library Search (Library Catalogue).

If you require further assistance our Academic support team will be able to provide online support including one-to-one subject-specific sessions via Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams. To arrange a session with the support team, you will be required to send a request through libsupport@bangor.ac.uk.  

A live chat service called “Ask the Library”  will also be available for general enquires through our library webpages

Do I need to have my own computer in order to study? 

Yes, in order to follow online lectures, other online academic activities, online social events and to work on your assignments, you will need to have a laptop or desktop computer. If you own a laptop, it is recommended you bring the laptop with you to Bangor. 

Will I be able to use the Computer Rooms? 

Yes, you will be able to use one of the University’s 24/7 IT suites but you will need to use your own headphones if you intend to attend online lectures or group sessions. This facility will be available whilst maintaining rules for social distancing which means that we will ensure that your safety is given priority. 

Application related FAQs

(Study, Visa and Deposits)

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 live sessions and online delivery 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 is your advice if I can’t apply for my visa yet because my visa processing office isn’t open?

As an international student we know that you are concerned about applying for your visa and being able to travel to the UK. According to UKVI guidance we will issue your CAS once all relevant checks are undertaken, 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 unable to arrive on campus by the start of the course, you will still be able to start studying online from your home country on the course start date. You will of course need to have completed online enrolment and registration in order to participate in the course.

Further information about arrival in the UK, travelling to Bangor, Welcome Week / Registration Week can be found here.

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:
https://www.ielts.org/news/2020/covid19-information-for-our-global-test-taker-community

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.
Online Tests:

    • Duolingo English Test
    • TOEFL IBT At Home
    • LanguageCert International ESOL, B2 Communicator

English Language Tests:

    • BUELT – Bangor University English Language Test
    • IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT) or IELTS Indicator (tests taken from 1st July onwards)
    • Pearson PTE
    • TOEFL IBT
    • LanguageCert International ESOL, B2 Communicator
    • Cambridge B1 Prelimenary (formerly PET)*
    • Cambridge B2 First (formerly CEF)
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)
    • International English Language Competency Assessment
    • 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.

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 live sessions as soon as circumstances allow.

When will you be issuing my CAS? 

The university has now started issuing CAS for Sep 2020 intake. If you have paid your deposit and we have completed any required pre-CAS checks then you should receive your CAS in the next two weeks.

To obtain a CAS you need to pay the required deposit as mentioned in your Offer Letter. Sponsored students are not required to pay a deposit, instead, they need to submit a financial guarantee letter from their sponsor through the online application portal.

We recommend that you apply to live in University accommodation as we have put a number of things in place to ensure that your home in Bangor is as safe as possible and to also help you meet the quarantine requirements (if needed).


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

General concerns about Covid-19

(Social, Safety, Discrimination, and Healthcare)

What is ‘social distancing’ and what changes will be made on campus?

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’.
This new way of University life will also mean changes on the campus to ensure that we all stay safe. As the Covid-19 rules and guidelines keep changing, we will be letting you know more specific details about how moving around the campus will work and what facilities will be available. Our aim is to enable physical distancing in and around our buildings, to comply with the health and safety rules and recommendations for matters such as cleaning and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks etc.

How will I get to know people and make friends if the year starts partly or fully online?

Staff have planned for a socially distanced on-campus Welcome Week, and a lot of work has also gone 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 the latest information about the Covid-19 situation in the UK? Is there a risk of a second wave of infections in the UK?

Bangor University will be complying with the policies and procedures of the Welsh Government, more information can be found here. We do also recommend that you visit the UK government Covid-19 webpage also, which is updated regularly to understand the current situation and risk level in the UK.

As an international student, what kind of support can I expect from the university during the 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 visit the international student support page.

If you have any questions or need advice on anything, please contact us at: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk

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. We will continue with these during semester 1 - please check your Bangor email for details.

What will happen if I fall sick while studying at a UK university? Will I have access to NHS Hospitals and Healthcare to get treatment? 

All international students studying courses which are longer than 6 months are required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge which allows them to benefit from free NHS treatment if they get sick while studying their course within the UK.  

For students from the European Union, they have access to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles them to free NHS treatment. However, from the 1st of January 2021, the rules will change and it is, therefore, advisable to check the validity of the card for use in the UK with your home government, prior to travel to the UK.

Will I have access to student clubs and societies while studying on-campus or online? 

All of our sports clubs and societies are free to join and will be running from September. Bangor is luckier than many other universities, in that we have an amazing location, with a range of outdoor space on our doorstep which we will be using to provide a programme of socially-distanced sports club and general activities, as well as an online offering. 
 
Specific details about the range of activities on offer will be available nearer the time and we are absolutely committed to ensuring that your experience at University is not just about your academic studies and that it includes all of the other elements which make being a student such an amazing adventure while also keeping you safe.

What is the Policy on Face Coverings? 

The University strongly recommends that all staff and students wear face coverings within buildings. In certain circumstances there may be a requirement to do so. 

Will the University provide me with PPE? 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings are two different items. The University will provide PPE for those activities which require their use, such as close interactions and laboratory work. The need for PPE will be specified in individual risk assessments or protocols. With regards to face coverings, the University will not be providing face coverings for staff or students. In line with Welsh Government recommendations, the use of (washable) three-ply face coverings is recommended. 

 

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

If you like you can chat with our current students through Uni Buddy or contact our International Student Ambassadors.

Contact us through email

You can also contact us through email: