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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) University guidance for applicants

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Advice for applicants applying to the University

We know you will be concerned about what the impact of COVID-19 means both for your university application and, for your university experience when you start with us.

We have been working hard to ensure that our applicants are able to start with us – in whatever way possible – and have focused on:

  • Measures to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff;
  • Ensuring the value, quality and transformative nature of an Essex Education is maintained and;
  • Developing contingency arrangements to manage any further impact of COVID-19 on the next academic year.

We are monitoring and following all advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation. We review and update our guidance daily, so do check back regularly.

Information about applying to Essex and starting your course

As an enquirer or applicant to the University of Essex, we will keep you updated on the steps we are taking to limit the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our community. These pages contain important information for prospective students about applying to and starting your course at the University of Essex. We will update this regularly.

If you are a current student, please refer to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance on our Student Directory.

We are undertaking a programme of work to ensure that we manage the impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) might have on students who will be joining us for 2021-22 entry. We will continue to monitor changes to the external environment as they develop, and update our plans in response to new developments and advice.

Whether you are worried you might not get your final exam transcripts; that you might not be able to arrive on campus in time; or you are concerned you won’t be able to travel to one of our campuses for the start of the new academic year – we are working hard to find solutions that will work for you, and have provided more information in the Q&As which we will keep updated as things change.

COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination

Some treatments provided by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is free for everyone. This includes coronavirus tests and treatment, as well as vaccinations against coronavirus. The NHS has detailed information about coronavirus on its website.

The UK currently has a vaccination programme in place that is on schedule to have over 18 year olds vaccinated by the end of July 2021. It is therefore anticipated that when international students arrive in the UK to commence their studies in Autumn 2021, they should be able to receive a free coronavirus vaccination. Information will be provided to students as part of their registration process.

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Telephone: 01206 872719