Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

University of Plymouth International College

Latest Coronavirus Updates

8th December 2021

UPIC at the University of Plymouth is committed to supporting staff, students and applicants through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the UK has seen huge progress with regards to the vaccination programme, we continue to review all UK government guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students.


January 2022 intake

We are looking forward to greeting both new and returning students for our January intake. We must, however, continue to be mindful of the latest UK government guidance, which varies depending on whether you are travelling from a red list country, and whether or not you are fully vaccinated. You can read the latest guidelines here on what to do before you travel to the UK and what to do when you arrive, according to your individual circumstances.


Government guidance


5 August 2021 

We can’t wait to welcome students into the UK this September in a safe and supported way. There’s still a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but the UK has seen huge progress with regards to the vaccination programme – a key motivator for the welcome return of on-campus teaching in September 2021.


The UK has been gradually re-opening, and via a successful vaccination programme, over 36,099,727 people have already received the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. (coronavirus.data.gov.uk, August 2021).


We plan to teach face-to-face from September, however we need to be flexible to be able to react to changes in the pandemic and minimise any future disruption to your studies. Therefore, we will take the ‘dual learning’ approach, whereby all classes will be available both face-to-face and online (with the exception of some integrated year one programmes).

Our student community is our priority, and we’re committed to providing a safe and high-quality educational and extra-curricular experience. The University is working on contingency plans for any students unable to travel due to restrictions and for those who are required to quarantine on arrival, so students will be able to start their studies online. Here at UPIC we are fully prepared for online delivery of our programmes: all our classrooms are set up to livestream and record.


Studying online

If you’re a new international student ready to join us in September 2021, the UK Home Office has recently confirmed that if you are unable to travel for the start of term, you are allowed to study online from your home country until 6 April 2022. However, please note that we recommend you travel to the UK as soon as possible, when safe to do so, and transition to on-campus learning at the earliest opportunity. To discuss online learning options, please get in touch with us to discuss your specific requirements.

From 27 September 2021, full-time online learning will not be permitted for a student who has received a student visa and has been able to travel to the UK. Students in the UK will learn via on-campus/blended learning (as described above).


3 June 2021

UPIC continues to teach current students online and in the classroom during this period. 

In line with current government guidance, we continue to offer teaching both in the classroom and online through what we describe as "blended learning". Current government guidance suggests that the College and University campus will be fully open after 21 June 2021.

You must follow the Government measures that are currently in place:

  • Avoid uncessesary social contact and adhere to social distancing measures
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than six people in public
  • Download and use the NHS app when entering the College building
  • Wash and sanitise your hands at every opportunity.

You may still enjoy time with the people that live with you. If you live within halls of residence, this means that you can socialize with your flatmates, but should limit the extent to which you move about and or socialize with anyone from a different flat or other building and avoid being in groups of more than 6 people. 

If you need to go outside to shop for necessities, please remember to:

  • Stay at least 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, bin it and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

Find the latest information and advice about Coronavirus.

If you need further advice, please contact us at student.support@upic.plymouth.ac.uk


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