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Students travelling to England

The UK government  announced the return of students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects, or require specialist equipment and facilities, to resume in-person learning from 8 March. In line with this government guidance, DMU has released a list of additional courses that should now resume teaching on campus from 8 March (information about your course should also be available to view on Blackboard).

For students on courses not listed here, the government has said that the earliest you will be able to travel to the UK is 17th May, and that you should continue to study online at this time. Further information should be available in the coming weeks. If you have already booked travel you should consider delaying if your travel arrangements can be rearranged without undue costs.

The government will review the options for return of remaining students at the end of the Easter holidays. Students will be given a week’s notice ahead of any further return. Please keep a look out for communications during week commencing Monday 12 April.

Students not on courses that are returning in March and who have already made travel plans should consider delaying if travel arrangements can be changed without undue costs.

If you are planning to travel, we've provided guidance on how to travel to DMU from your airport, including details of private hire taxis and public transport.

If you are making plans to travel, you will need to follow the rules for travelling to England, including taking a Covid test 3 days before travel, booking a travel test package and quarantining on arrival. Please note that the DMU on-campus tests will not be accepted at the UK Border as a replacement for the travel test package that travellers must book through the UK government website.

We also recommend that you prepare by making sure that you read and understand the DMU Self-Isolation guidance before you travel.  

Upon arrival at your accommodation please also report that you are self-isolating by completing this DMU Safe Trace Self-Isolation form. The DMU Safe Trace system is designed to minimise the transmission of Covid-19 on campus. Find out more here about Safe Trace.

Biometric Residence Permits(BRPs)

If you have entered the UK with a visa you will probably need to collect a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Once we have received a student's BRP from the Home Office, the Immigration Compliance team will be in contact  by email to arrange to send their BRP securely to their term-time address. 

BRPs will NOT be available from Gateway House. If students are required to self-isolate they should not leave self-isolation to try to collect their BRP. They should wait to hear from the Compliance team by email.

Students’ visa information may stipulate that BRPs should be collected within 10 days. Students should not be concerned about this and  will not have any problems if they receive their BRP after the 10-day period.

Online resources

Welcome information for new international students is available online.  

International Student Guide

Your DMU Future Student Handbook  - teaching and learning for the 2020/21 academic year

DMU IT Handbook - using technology and the DMU virtual learning environment 

Student Gateway Handbook - a guide to DMU Student Gateway services

Police visa registration

Depending on nationality, some students may need to register their visas with the police after arrival. If you need to do this, there's more information here about this and about how to arrange an appointment for visa registration.

Contact us

Current and pre-arrival students - We can advise you on many of the issues related to arriving, living and studying at DMU; you'll find more information on these pages, or please contact us at

If you are a current student at DMU you can book an appointment with us through MyGateway.

Information for applicants - Please note that International Student Support are not able to advise on applications or course offers; if you have an enquiry about applying for a course at DMU, please email; you can also find information on the DMU website.