Welcome to the 2021/22 academic year

What to do if you can’t travel to the UK

If your home country does not permit you to travel to the UK, you can apply for exceptional permission to study off campus.

The form to request exceptional permission to study off campus for Semester 1 has now closed.

If you have previously submitted an application and have yet to receive a response, please be assured your application will receive a response as soon as possible.

If you have previously submitted an application and received an outcome, please note that decision is final.

If you are experiencing difficulty obtaining a VISA due to ATAS delays or now expect to arrive late and have not already notified the University, then please contact your School support team directly to discuss what options are available to you.

What happens if you have applied?

Once you have applied, your application will be reviewed by Edinburgh Global to assess it validity. If deemed valid, your School or Deanery will review it to determine whether you can complete your Programme’s requirements while studying remotely.

You will receive a response within 10 working days. 

If your application is successful

If you can study remotely and complete your course requirements, you will be granted an exception for Semester 1 or up until the end of your hotel quarantine period.

Please note that if you are later able to legally travel to the UK during Semester 1, you will be advised to do so.

Impact on your visa 

If your application is successful and:

  • You will not be able to travel within the dates of your entry clearance visa; or
  • You have been allowed to study remotely for the whole of Semester 1

Please contact the Student Immigration Service (StudentImmigration@ed.ac.uk). They can advise you further as to what actions you may need to take.

If your application is unsuccessful

Your application may be unsuccessful for one of the following reasons:

  • Your request sits outside of our eligibility criteria and you are able to travel to the UK legally (please note that requirements for self-isolation, quarantine, testing and vaccination are not reasons to defer your return to Edinburgh and study remotely); or
  • Your School determines that it would be impossible for you to be able to complete your course or programme remotely.

If your school determines that you will be unable to start your programme or course remotely, you will be offered other options. These may include a deferral of study or an Authorised Interruption of Study.

These options will be discussed with you following the outcome of your application.