This section contains information for undergraduate students. For more general information for students, please visit the guidance for all students section.​

Year Abroad students

Year abroad students should continue to liaise with the Year Abroad co-ordinator in your Faculty or Department and your Director of Studies in your College to discuss your situation taking into consideration the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance and any relevant international travel restrictions. Plans for year abroad activity will need to be approved in advance of travel in the usual way. 

HML/MML Year Abroad students

HML and MML students should continue with their Year Abroad project remotely. If you are having difficulties resulting from not having access to local resources, contact your Supervisor. 

At the moment, there are no plans to cancel the Oral C examinations for Michaelmas Term 2020, but this remains under review. Examiners for Part II in 2021 will be monitoring marks for Oral C and looking for any abnormal patterns in performance."

Please refer to the MML coronavirus information page for further guidance.

International undergraduate students

Travelling to the UK from abroad

Please read the information for students who are arriving in the UK from abroad. The page contains information about border control, quarantine and how you College will support you.

Tier 4 visa holders

The Home Office recognises the exceptional circumstances of the current situation and the University will continue to sponsor a current student’s Tier 4 visa during a disruption to studies resulting from the coronavirus outbreak and whilst continuing studies remotely. This is the case whether you are currently overseas or in the UK.

New students who are starting their studies in Michaelmas Term 2020 and are given permission to study remotely for reasons of disability or susceptibility to infectious disease should contact the International Student Office for guidance on the appropriate time to make their Tier 4 visa application. 

Making your Tier 4 visa application from outside the UK

Most UK Visa Application Centres have now re-opened across the world but appointment availability may be more limited in some locations. Priority and super priority services are also temporarily suspended.

Some UK visa services remain closed at this time and re-opening will be subject to local restrictions.

Making your Tier 4 application from inside the UK

If you are eligible to make your Tier 4 application from inside the UK, you may find that when you apply you are unable to book a biometrics appointment. These services have resumed but with reduced availability at this time.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may reuse the fingerprints you have already provided with a previous UK visa application. If this is applicable, you will be emailed after you apply with instructions on how to send a facial image and your supporting documents. This will mean you do not have to attend a biometrics appointment.

Otherwise you will be able to book a biometrics appointment when more appointments become available.

If you make an in-time application and are waiting for a decision, you can start your course at Cambridge whilst this is pending. You will need to provide your College with evidence you have submitted an application within the relevant timeframe. UKVI advises that if your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused you must stop your course or studies.

If you currently hold permission in an immigration category other than Tier 4, we would advise you to contact the International Student Office to check if you are eligible to switch inside the UK.

Further guidance

For further guidance on student immigration matters, please contact the International Student Office.