Imperial Covid-19 FAQs

This page provides an overview for incoming business school students of frequently asked questions on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will update this page regularly with information about the potential impact on our teaching and student experience, as more guidance is available from the UK government about the easing of national restrictions.

You can also find the latest information from Imperial College London on safety, testing and Imperial's response to Coronavirus here.

Last updated: 10 August 2021

What is the expected teaching model for September 2021?

We hope that by the time you join us in September 2021, many of the major restrictions in place to prevent the rise of Coronavirus cases will have been lifted, thanks to the vaccine rollout programme being well underway in the UK.

We expect to deliver our programmes as intended and therefore you should expect in-person teaching unless we are prevented from doing so by public health guidance by the UK government. 

We will continue to deploy multi-mode teaching to support those who are unable to be on campus and enhance aspects of the programme where online teaching is more effective.

What happens if the public health situation changes?

If there is a resurgence of Coronavirus cases in London, requiring a return to major restrictions to campus teaching for safety reasons, in line with government regulations, we are well equipped to adapt our teaching and learning. 

Students in the academic year 2020-21 have learnt through our multi-mode teaching model which allows us to continue to deliver a high-quality experience and achieve the learning outcomes for your programme. 

When do I need to be on campus?

If you are unable to travel to the UK due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be able to start your programme online and participate through our multi-mode teaching approach. If you are able to be on campus for the start of the academic year we encourage you to check the current government guidance on what you need to do before you travel to the UK.

More information will follow on how to join the on-campus mode once you are able to travel to the UK.

Does a Student route visa allow me to enter the UK from a country on the amber or red list?

Yes, you can enter the UK with a Student route visa. You will need to check the current government guidance on what you need to do before you travel to the UK. 

What you must do when you arrive in the UK from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days prior to arrival. Please visit the government website for more information

Is there any support if I am coming from a country on the amber or red list?

When you travel from abroad to the UK, you should visit the government website for more information. All arrivals are required to undertake either one or two mandatory COVID-19 tests depending upon if you are returning from a red, amber or green COVID-19 country. Tests must be booked from a list of government-approved test providers at your own expense – you will not be able to use the College’s asymptomatic testing scheme. 

If you are required to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel, the College will be offering a monetary contribution towards the cost of booking. More information can be found on the College pages here.

Do I need to be vaccinated in order to start my programme at Imperial? 

No, but we strongly encourage all students to get the vaccine if you are offered one in your home country. Information from Imperial College London on this can be found here.