Information and Guidance for International Students.

Please find detailed below the latest information and advice on travelling to the UK and arrangements within Bishopstrow College.

What are the requirements for travelling to the UK?

The requirements for travelling to the UK are continuously evolving. From 4.00am on Sunday 9 January, fully vaccinated adults and under 18 year olds no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test or self-isolate if entering England from countries where proof of vaccination is accepted. They must take a lateral flow test on or before Day 2.

Is Bishopstrow College open for face-to-face teaching?

Yes!  The College has been offering face-to-face teaching since the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

What if my son/daughter cannot arrive in the UK for the start of term?

Whilst we continue to review the situation with the global pandemic and the need to offer online provision, given the ongoing relaxation of restrictions relating to COVID-19, we will not be offering online classes.

Is there a quarantine period for international students?

In line with the recently updated government guidance, under 18 year olds no longer need to self-isolate if entering England from countries where proof of vaccination is accepted. They must take a lateral flow test on or before Day 2.

Who do I speak to about travelling to the College?

Please contact Amanda Neill, Registrar at

Is there testing for COVID-19?

All students are required to complete a lateral flow test upon their arrival at the College.  Thereafter, students and staff are being tested on a regular basis. 

Do students need to wear a face covering in College?

Current UK government guidance recommends that face coverings are worn in secondary schools in classrooms and communal areas. The wearing of face coverings is not however a requirement. This guidance will be reviewed at the end of January. At Bishopstrow, students are not required to wear face coverings, but they can of course do so.

What COVID-19 safety measures are in place at the College?

We continue to ensure that a number of safety measures are in place.  For example, hand sanitiser stations are available around the College.  We also continue to review our programme of weekend trips and excursions, opting for outdoor activities where possible. 

Is online learning available?

Bishopstrow Online is no longer available, with all students expected to attend face-to-face classes on campus. 

How is the UK managing COVID-19?

The UK has a world-leading vaccination programme.  As at the beginning of January, 52 million people in the UK had received a first dose of the vaccine, 48m had received a second dose and 36 million had received a booster or third dose.

In response to the Omicron variant, a booster campaign and the vaccination of younger children are now being rolled out.

Can international students receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to children aged 16 and 17 and children aged 12 to 15 (two doses).  International students within these age groups who are registered with a GP are eligible to receive a vaccine against COVID-19, in the same way and meeting the same criteria as UK residents. Many students at Bishopstrow received their first dose of the vaccine during Term 1.