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.

Will I be able to start my course in September 2022?

Yes. As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve in the UK we will be offering as much face-to-face on campus teaching as possible. This means we expect students to arrive in Edinburgh to engage with their studies from the beginning of the course. 

Our campuses are starting  to look more like they used to, though we continue to follow Scottish Government advice and guidance relating to COVID-19, including the use of face masks and applying an upper limit to room capacities.

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 timetable availability is 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 are different requirements for international arrival depending on where you are travelling from and your COVID-19 vaccination status. For the latest rules and advice for international travel, please see the full list of red list countries, and the steps you must follow when travelling to Scotland.

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 list 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)

We are offering a range of events for prospective students, including Open Days and Campus Tours. Whilst some activities are available in person, we also have opportunities to engage virtually. 

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.

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? 

Information for 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.