Travelling to the UK

Flexibility for the 2021 academic year

We have a number of reasons to be more optimistic about next year. In particular, the UK vaccination programme is progressing well and the plan is to have it fully rolled out by the autumn. At the same time, we recognise that uncertainties remain and no-one can accurately predict the future progress of the pandemic. We are, therefore, planning for all possible scenarios. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our learning community on campus at the start of the next academic year. Of course, we also understand that for some students, circumstances might mean that physical travel is not possible. If this is the case for you, we will ensure there are online resources available so you can progress with your studies throughout Semester 1 until you are able to join us on campus.

These resources will include a wide range of online learning material as appropriate to your programme including: digital/online resources to prepare for lectures, high-quality recordings of lectures and other teaching, regular face-to-face tutorial sessions, group-work sessions (subject to timetables/time zones), and online discussion forums. You will be supported to access and make the most of other learning and support resources online.

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops over the next few months. Meanwhile, we look forward to welcoming you to our University of Birmingham community.

Planning your travel and your arrival

We are putting in place a range of measures to support you and to help ensure that you arrive safely, so that you can focus on your experience at university and on your course.

We recommend that before you travel you refer to the UK Government Guidelines.  Currently, students arriving in the UK are required to adhere to the UK Government's 'Red, Amber and Green' travel restrictions. We will be updating this page reguarly with any developments regarding travel advice so that you are prepared for your arrival in September.

Booking your travel

We are working hard to offer you a simple booking service to book your flights to us for the start of term. We will be updating this page with full details on travel and arrival information, including any ongoing information on UK travel restrictions and advice, as soon as they are available.