Prospective Student FAQs (Covid-19)

Prospective Student FAQs (Covid-19)

Information for prospective students who are looking to apply or have applied to study at Edinburgh Napier University and / or to attend on-campus events. Please check this page regularly as it will be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops.

Will I be able to start my course in September 2021?

Yes. Our academic year will begin on Monday 6 September 2021. We will be offering as much face-to-face on-campus teaching in trimester 1 as possible and we expect students to arrive in Edinburgh to engage with their studies from Monday 6 September 2021. If you are travelling from overseas and are required to quarantine or self-isolate (see ‘Will I need to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival into the UK?’ below), you will need to ensure that you arrive in the UK with enough time to quarantine or self-isolate before Monday 6 September.

While we are looking forward to seeing more students on-campus this year, there will still be some protections in place. Our campuses will start to look more like they used to, but there will be some limitations to the numbers we can accommodate in classes at any one time. We expect that all students will experience a mixture of online and in-person learning. For example, we plan to deliver lectures for more than 50 students online, whereas smaller group and practical work is mainly planned to be on campus. As is the case in all academic years, the quantity and frequency of on-campus activities will vary by subject, programme and year group.

In addition to increased face-to-face learning, our libraries, gym, and catering on campus will be open. More social events will be possible at our campuses in line with recent advice from the Scottish Government, which follows the successful vaccine rollout in the UK.

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. We are in regular contact with Health Protection Scotland and will continue to follow and act in accordance with their advice. This page will be updated regularly as and when advice changes.

When will I be able to access my timetable?

New students will be able to access the module timetable once they have successfully completed the matriculation process. Individual student timetables will be available for all students from Monday 30 August, with the exact date of availability dependent upon matriculation, module choice (where necessary) and completion of module enrolment.

Will I need to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival into the UK?

Arriving into Scotland

There is currently a red, amber and green traffic light system for people travelling into Scotland. Depending on where you are travelling from will determine when and how you may have to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival.  


Please note that countries may move between the red, amber and green categories so make sure to keep checking before you travel so you know what rules to follow when you arrive. 

Arriving from a green list country

If you are arriving from a green list country, there is no self-isolation or quarantine required in most cases, but there are steps you need to follow. This includes taking a Covid-19 test prior to travelling, and booking and paying for a Covid-19 test once you arrive in Scotland. 

Arriving from an amber list country

If you are travelling from or through an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you may need to self-isolate in your own accommodation for 10 days upon arrival. Different rules apply depending on whether or not you have been fully vaccinated, and where you have been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that you've had your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine through approved sources at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland. 

If you are arriving from the USA, an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City and have been fully vaccinated in one of those countries, you will not have to self-isolate, but there are still steps you need to follow. This includes gaining proof of your vaccination, taking a Covid-19 test before travelling, and booking and paying for a Covid-19 test once you arrive in Scotland. 

If you are travelling from another amber list country or if you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate and follow the amber list self-isolation rules. This includes self-isolating in your own accommodation for 10 days upon arrival, taking a Covid-19 test before travelling, and booking and paying for two Covid-19 tests once you arrive in Scotland. If you are staying in University accommodation, visit our Student Accommodation International Arrivals page for more information on what support we can offer. 

Arriving from a red list country

If you are travelling from or through a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel. The cost is £2,285 for a single person and includes 10 days (11 nights) hotel stay, food and beverages, transfers and two Covid-19 tests. You will also need to take a Covid-19 test prior to travelling. 

You must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked. If you test positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer. 

You can apply for a deferred payment plan if you are facing emergency financial hardship and are unable to pay for your quarantine immediately. You can do this by clicking on the link at the bottom of the quarantine hotel booking page. 

You can also apply for up to £1,200 towards the cost of managed hotel quarantine via our Coronavirus Hardship Fund. This is open to students joining us from red list countries for the 2021-22 academic year, however funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to provide evidence of financial hardship and provide a receipt of the costs. Full details and terms can be found under ‘Students arriving/returning to Scotland’ within the ‘Who is eligible?’ section of our Coronavirus Hardship Fund web page.

Arriving into England

If you are travelling into England before arriving in Scotland, you will need to follow the current guidance on travelling to England from another country. There is a similar red, amber and green traffic light system in place and similar testing requirements you will need to undertake.  

What support will there be for me if I have to self-isolate on arrival?

Please visit our Student Accommodation International Arrivals page for information on what you need to do and what support we can offer you if you are required to quarantine on your arrival.

Can I get a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK? 

The Scottish Government have rolled out the vaccination programme to include international students. When you arrive in the UK, it is important that you register with a doctor as soon as possible. You will then be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Scotland. 

Are Edinburgh Napier University on-campus events for prospective students running? (e.g. open days)

All on-campus events for prospective students have been adapted to take place virtually, with no requirement to attend in person. We also have opportunities to speak with current Edinburgh Napier University students at www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/ask-a-student.
We are continually reviewing the guidance for events and will ensure that any updates to event plans are clearly communicated.

What if I cannot get the references or transcripts required for my application? 

We are aware that there have been widespread school and university closures in many parts of the UK and overseas as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and that receiving documents such as transcripts or references to support your application may be challenging at this time. 

If this is a problem for you, please contact the relevant admissions team at the address below who will be able to review your deadlines.

What if I cannot get my visa because my visa centre is closed? 

While some UK Visa Application Centres had been closed during the initial Covid-19 outbreak, most have now reopened though some remain subject to local lockdown closures. Students are encouraged to make arrangements to apply for their visa as early as possible. It is now possible for the University to issue a CAS to support your visa applications up to six months before the start date of your programme. The latest we are able to issue a CAS for students starting in September 2021 is 23 August 2021. 

We are constantly monitoring guidance from UKVI and will provide updates on this webpage and directly to applicants.

What if my English language test centre is closed? Will you consider alternative assessments?

While there was a widespread closure of English Language test centres in the initial phase of the Covid-19 outbreak, the majority of these have now reopened.

Our English language entry criteria can be found here.

If you are unable to access a test date with an approved supplier, please contact the relevant admissions team at the address below who will be able to provide further guidance:

What about pre-sessional English for academic purposes courses? 

We are presently running our pre-sessional English programmes online which new applicants are able to access. These programmes offer an excellent opportunity to develop your English Language skills whether regardless of whether you meet the University’s English Language requirements or not. More information about our programmes can be found here.
If you have any concerns about pre-sessional English courses, you can get in touch with our EAP team: EAP.Enquiries@napier.ac.uk

I am looking to study at Edinburgh Napier as part of an exchange or study abroad scheme. What should I do? 

Our incoming exchange application deadline has passed. Information for other Study Abroad applicants can be found here.

We will continue to communicate directly with applicants regarding their planned studies at the University. 

I want to apply for accommodation, what should I do? 

The Student Accommodation team, along with all staff at Edinburgh Napier, are working hard to make sure your university journey is impacted as little as possible by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on the University’s accommodation guarantee and properties, please visit the student accommodation webpage.