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Your DMU Welcome - International students

Welcome to De Montfort University! Information about living and studying in the UK is available here.

Information about your arrival at DMU:


Currently, international passengers from many destinations are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK. You may also have the option (through the Test to Release for International Travel scheme) to pay for a Covid-19 test from a private provider after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to isolate.

If you need to self-isolate when you arrive at DMU, you should only leave your accommodation in exceptional circumstances. You will need to have food and groceries delivered. You can find further information and guidance on our self-isolation guidance document.

When you arrive at your accommodation in the UK, please report that you are self- isolating by completing the Self-Isolation form. A member of the DMU Safe Trace team will then try to contact you. The DMU Safe Trace system is designed to minimise the transmission of Covid-19.

Opening a bank account

As a new international student, you'll probably want to open a bank account once you have registered at DMU. You may need to transfer money from your home country and this is much easier if you have a UK bank account. You will also find it more convenient when paying your tuition fees.

Some of the main banks for international students now accept applications online and so you may not need to make an appointment at the bank to open your account.

Please remember that you will usually need to have registered onto your course before you can open a UK bank account.

Find out more about opening a UK bank account.


If you are in the UK on a Student Visa, you will be able to use the UK National Health Service (NHS) when you arrive in the UK.

You should register with a doctor soon after you arrive – and if you’re living close to the DMU Campus there is a health centre (De Montfort Surgery) close to the university. It’s important to register as soon as you can – don’t wait until you are ill before doing this. Once you have registered, you should be able to see a doctor more quickly and easily, if you need to.

Learn more about healthcare at DMU.

Your DMU course registration

You should receive information by email from DMU about your course and how to register (please also check your junk or spam folder, in case any emails are delivered there).

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 DMU 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 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

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Most students who have entered the UK with a visa will probably need to obtain their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the university. The Immigration Compliance team will be in contact with you by email to arrange getting your BRP to you. Where possible the university will securely deliver the BRP to your term-time accommodation. Please note that BRPs will not be available from Gateway House – and if you are required to self-isolate, you should not visit campus for this purpose.

We are aware that you may have been told to collect your BRP within 10 days. However, please rest assured that you don't need to worry about this and that you will not have any problems if you receive your BRP after the 10-day period.

Register your visa with the police

Students from certain countries may need to register their visas with the police on arrival. It will usually state on your entry vignette (visa sticker) if you need to register your visa. We have a list of countries whose students will usually need to do this.

Arrangements for police registration may have changed because of COVID-19, so please visit our police registration page for up-to-date information.


The information provided on these pages is designed to assist you in planning your transition to studying in the UK. The government’s travel advice can change at short notice, you should check latest UK government guidance regularly.

As the global pandemic continues to impact on the way things are organised and delivered, you should also treat the information here as a guide, and anticipate that, depending when you travel, there may be some significant changes, from the information represented here.

If you have queries which are not addressed here, please contact

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