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Your DMU Future - information for international students

Moving to a different country to study may feel a bit daunting to begin with, but it’s also so exciting to think about everything you’ll gain from the experience. We understand that for you to learn and work at your best while you’re here, you need to feel safe, happy and meet new friends along the way.  

As an international student, we want to give you all the reassurance and support you need, not only before you arrive and during your journey to the DMU campus, but for the whole time you’re with us.  

We’re doing everything possible to provide you with an outstanding student experience, and here you’ll be able to find out more about the plans we have in place to make sure you’re fully supported and looked after.   

There is plenty of financial support for students – we offer a range of scholarships and early payment discounts, including our Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship, which provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. Terms and conditions apply. 

If you want to know more about a course, being a DMU student or life in Leicester, why not send a message to one of our Unibuddies? Our friendly student ambassadors are from a wide variety of courses, countries and years of study and they’re available to chat now! You can also get in contact with experienced members of our international office about applications, scholarships and fees. 

We will continue to update this page as more details become available, so please check regularly to make sure you have the  latest information. Don’t forget to take a look at our FAQs page, which includes a section specifically for international students.


Helpful online resources

  1. Support with your visa

    To be able to study in the UK, you will need a Tier 4 student visa. We encourage you to get in touch with your education agent or the regional team in our friendly International Office for visa support and guidance for your country.
  2. Pre-departure checks

    We encourage all international students to make sure you have a credit card available to use (ideally not an American Express card as this is not accepted everywhere) for immediate payments and internet shopping. You will need this if you are required to quarantine (self-isolate).

    To make sure you've got everything you need before you depart for the UK, here's our handy 10 step check-list to help ensure you have a smooth journey and settle into life at DMU.

    1. Apply for your visa to study

      Make the most of your time at DMU and take the worry out of visa issues, take a look at our visa advice page or contact us if you have any questions about applying for a visa.

    2. Book your room

      We guarantee accommodation to all international students starting with us this September.

      If you’re travelling to England you must either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days because of coronavirus (Covid-19). What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

      You must also get two coronavirus tests after you arrive in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel.

      You cannot currently enter the UK without quarantining, and you will be refused entry to the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.

      We recommend reading the Government's latest updates on requirements on entering the UK.

    3. Arrange your travel to the UK

      We recommend you arrange your travel well in advance as flights may be reduced from some countries. Remember to check the latest rules and guidance for arrival in the UK.

      You can take advantage of our free airport pick-up service that operates from Heathrow Airport on key arrival dates. If you're arriving at a different airport, find out how you can travel to Leicester.

    4. Organise your documents

      Keep all your key documents safe and easily accessible on arrival into the UK, including your offer letter from DMU, evidence of financial support, your passport and your CAS letter.

    5. Get travel insurance

      We recommend you arrange travel insurance for yourself, your luggage, personal belongings and valuables. The National Union of Students (NUS) recommends Endsleigh insurance packages for students.

    6. Plan your finances

      Make sure you know the cost of living and studying in the UK so you can plan accordingly. We suggest using the Student Budget Calculator to get an idea of how much you might spend whilst living and studying in the UK. Once you're on campus, our Student Finance team can provide advice on how to budget and manage your money.

    7. Do your online enrolment

      Before arriving, we'll email you details to complete your e-induction to prepare you for university life. You'll also get an email to register and complete our two-step online enrolment to DMU. Make sure you have accepted your offer in time if you haven't done so already.

    8. Your DMU Welcome

      A welcome and information programme will be available to help you settle in when you arrive, with guidance on living and studying at DMU. Keep an eye out for more information about the DMU Welcome programme in coming weeks.

    9. Pack your things

      UK weather can be changeable, so make sure you pack clothes for both cold and warm weather. Don't worry if you forget something, you can buy most things easily and cheaply in Leicester when you arrive.

    10. Arrive on campus!

      We are committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for you when you arrive. You can find guidance and updates on Covid-19 at Your DMU Safety.

  3. Getting to campus

    DMU is offering a free pick-up service from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on specific dates in autumn 2021 to coincide with the start of the welcome programme. Further details and online booking are available at www.dmu.ac.uk/heathrow.

    We have also provided guidance and information on how to travel from the airport to DMU, including links to the National Express bus service and to taxi companies.

    If you have any questions about travelling to Leicester or need further information or advice, please email us at arrivals@dmu.ac.uk and we'll do our best to advise you.

  4. Arriving at DMU

    Fees

    • When it comes to paying your fees it’s really important that you have you finances in order and everything planned out. As an International student you are required to pay 50% of your fees in advance of or on the day of registration. If the amount is not paid you will not be able to register and therefore your visa will be curtailed within the required time period. The remaining balance must be paid by a monthly/termly instalment plan that must be agreed with the Income Team within four weeks of registration.

    Working in the UK

    • The UK government has announced a new immigration route (the Graduate Route) which will enable international students to apply to remain in the UK for two years once they have completed their studies. Any eligible student who graduates from the summer of 2021 onwards should be able to apply for this route. Successful applicants will be able to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for a maximum period of two years.

    • Under Student Visa regulations, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during term time. Working can be a good way to enhance your skills and experience, develop your English and earn extra money – however you should not rely on part-time work to pay for your fees or accommodation costs. Please be aware that impact of Covid-19 may reduce opportunities for part-time work in the UK.

    Self-isolation guidance

    If you need to self-isolate (quarantine) when you arrive in the UK, we suggest you look carefully at our guidance document for international students. It includes:

    • Links to the rules on Covid-19 testing before and after travel
    • Links to rules on quarantine
    • Buying food in quarantine
    • Information on bedding and kitchen equipment
    • How we can support you
  5. International Student Registration

    Registration will take place online for those students joining the university in January 2021 and October 2021.

    You will need to book a video appointment with a member of De Montfort University staff. In this video appointment, we will confirm your identity, your current location and your intended arrival date in the UK if you are not in the UK at the time of the appointment. We will also need to check that we have all the right copies of your passport and visa documents on file.

    You can register with the university even if you have not yet travelled to the UK so you should not wait to travel in order to register online, pay your fees and book your appointment.

    Please read the following details carefully and ensure you follow all the instructions:

    What you need to do before you book your appointment

    Complete online registration and pay 50 per cent of your first year fees. If you have not done so, you will not be able to book an appointment and finalise your registration, so it is important you do this as soon as possible so that you do not risk losing your place.

    The requirement to pay 50 per cent fees excludes students joining DMU International College (DMUIC) and those progressing to DMU from the International College.

    Provide copies of your visa and passport documentation by email to internationalregistration@dmu.ac.uk. What you need to send will depend on your situation:

    • If you are in the UK at the time of registration we will need a copy of the visa sticker in your passport that has been stamped at the border AND your Biometric Residence Permit Card - both sides (if you have been able to collect it)
    • If you are outside the UK and have had your passport back following a visa application we will need a copy of the sticker in your passport.
    • If you are outside the UK and have not yet applied for your visa we will need a copy of your passport - we should have this on file from your application, so you do not need to send this again unless you are asked to do so.

    Photographs of your documents are acceptable - but they must be in colour and clear enough for us to be able to read all details on the document. Any student progressing to DMU from DMUIC does not need to provide further copies of visas unless you have new documentation since your initial registration.

    Register for Microsoft Teams. We will use Microsoft Teams to call you to complete the video chat. You must provide the email address for which you register with Microsoft Teams as part of this process.

    Practice using Teams if you have not used it before. We will make a call to you on Teams when it is your appointment. It might be useful to practice receiving a call and making sure all your equipment is working before your appointment.

    Check your emails regularly. If we need more information from you or to update you on your registration process we will email you. It is important that you check your emails (including spam folders) regularly to ensure you are up to date.

    What you need to do at your appointment

    Be available for the full time of your appointment slot. Appointments will be booked in three-hour slots. We will make a call to you on Microsoft Teams during this slot. if you have done everything required before your appointment then the call itself should not take more than 5-10 minutes. We will get to you as soon as possible, but it is important that you remain available until we have spoken with you.

    Have your passport and visa documents ready. We will need to check your identity. We may also ask for copies of any documents by email if we do not have a copy of what we need, so please be prepared to email copies of your documents again if requested.

    Confirm the date you expect to arrive in the UK. You must arrive in the UK as soon as possible. We have made an allowance for students to register before arriving where restrictions following Covid-19 have limited their ability to travel on time - but we must know your travel plans and reason for any extended delays and you will need to discuss these during registration.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this information. We are taking steps to register students remotely to support students that may be in a period of self-isolation following travel, those that are registering before they are able to travel and to ensure the safety of our staff and students.

    It is really important that you work with us to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible during registration by following the instructions included closely.

    If you have difficulty completing the tasks above, please contact internationalregistration@dmu.ac.uk.

  6. i-Buddies

    i-Buddies is a mentoring scheme that matches our newly arrived international students with an existing DMU student. i-Buddies can support you as you transition into life in the UK and will help you start to make friends straight away. The scheme lasts for the first term of the new academic year, but many Buddies become friends and choose to stay in contact after this. Click here to learn more about i-Buddies.
    Please note: This video was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. Accommodation

    If you’re travelling to England you must either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days because of coronavirus (COVID-19). What you need to do depends on before you arrive in England.

    You must also get 2 coronavirus tests after you arrive in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel.

    You cannot currently enter the UK without quarantining, and you will be refused entry to the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.

    Remember to check the latest rules and guidance for arrival in the UK.

    We have put together a guidance document for international students on self-isolating which we encourage you to take a look at. It includes information on the rules of self-isolating, how to buy food under quarantine, how we can support you and more.

    We strongly encourage you to book you accommodation through the university accommodation office and if you have booked accommodation through DMU, but are prevented from travelling to the UK because of government-imposed lockdowns or travel restrictions (either by the UK government or other relevant national governments), or if you withdraw or decline your place at DMU, then we will cancel your accommodation booking and refund your booking payment.

    If there are no travel restrictions in place and you change your mind about your accommodation you will remain liable for all payments under your accommodation contract.

    Please note that the arrangements outlined above do not change your right to a 14-day no-question cancellation period, which begins from the point your accommodation booking is confirmed.

    We hope that this gives you the information and the reassurance you need in making your decisions about accommodation at DMU next year. If you have any further questions, please contact the accommodation team: accommodation@dmu.ac.uk

    We encourage our international students to live in Leicester within a reasonable distance of the DMU campus so that you are able to easily access facilities.