Information for international students

Lent term: Update 7 January 2021

The University and Colleges remain open, and will continue to engage in research, learning and education.

After considerable reflection, we have taken the difficult decision to move all teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students online for the entirety of the Lent term. Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students should remain where they are currently staying. Postgraduate research students who are able to work from their out-of-term address should do so. Postgraduate research students who consider Cambridge to be their primary place of residence should review the information at the following link.

For exceptions, and for more information, see the message issued by the Vice-Chancellor on 6 January 2021.


International students should consult the International Student Office's pre-arrival page before planning any travel to the UK.

Travelling from overseas to Cambridge at the current time might seem daunting. A key thing to remember is that your College is here to help you. All of the Colleges have procedures in place to support students who need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK, or students who need to self-isolate. You will not be left alone in these circumstances. Food and essential supplies will be brought to a safe drop-off-point, and you will be given clear information on who to contact if you need anything. If you become unwell while at College, there are members of staff who will help you. Please refer to information provided by your College, on your College website or, if you cannot find the information you need, contact your Tutor at your College.

Key information points in College:

  • Your Tutor
  • Porters’ Lodge
  • Tutorial Office

Each College employs a College Nurse who will have regular drop-in times for students who might need medical attention.


Financial Hardship

If you experience financial hardship as a result of measures in place because of the pandemic, or for any other reason, you should contact your College Tutor as soon as possible. Your Tutor will be able to advise you about any support that might be available from your College or the University.


Students with disabilities impacted by COVID-related social distancing measures

Please see the University’s information on support for students with disabilities impacted by COVID-related social distancing measures.