Coming to Aberystwyth for the first time?

If you are a first year student, our International Arrivals 2021 webpage has lots of useful information.

Returning international students

Before you join us at the university, here is some information on COVID-19 testing, vaccination and other safety measures on campus.

Contact us. You must contact us before travelling to Aberystwyth, so that we can talk to you about what to do before you leave and when you arrive here. Please get in touch by emailing or calling the Coronavirus Helpline on / +44 (0)1970 622483.

Test before arrival. Welsh Government guidance requires you to take a COVID-19 test, with a negative result, before you travel to Aberystwyth.

Follow the rules for the country you are travelling from. The rules are different for students arriving from different countries. Make sure you know whether you need to self-isolate or not, and if you do, you must update your student record online as you as you arrive with information about your isolation period.

For those living in University accommodation, we will support you through this where possible. We can provide 48 hours’ worth of free food and sundries if you need to self-isolate upon arrival. It is also vital you email before arriving to arrange this. There are links to the latest information about travel and COVID-19 on our website.

LFD test. After arriving, we ask that you take an LFD test twice a week for 28 days. The University provides LFD test kits free of charge to students and staff on campus. These kits can be collected from Penbryn reception, the building just above the main entrance to the Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, and the Students’ Union reception. You do not need to book in advance, however, you will need to have your AberCard with you when collecting your kit.

The University is strongly recommending all staff and students to get vaccinated as this gives the best protection against COVID-19, and for everyone to have received at least one dose of a vaccine before travelling to Aberystwyth.

Further details about COVID-19 vaccines and how to arrange to get vaccinated are available online here. If you are already in the Aberystwyth area, you will find details of walk-in vaccine centres in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area online.

COVID measures on campus. Our aim for the new academic year is for staff and students to enjoy the University environment and experience as fully and safely as possible. The University has put measures in place to ensure a safe teaching environment, including: ventilation; hand sanitisers; one-way systems and reducing busy periods.

You will be expected to wear a face covering while indoors on all Aberystwyth University sites, unless you are exempt, and keep a distance of 2 metres between yourself and other people whenever possible.

Delayed International Arrivals:

If you are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements you can apply to defer your date of arrival. Requests for permission to arrive after the start of term will only be approved if the course can be studied remotely.

You can apply for delayed arrival through Delayed International Arrivals: Student Support & Careers Services, Aberystwyth University and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Further information is available at our FAQs and any queries should be directed to

More information about teaching arrangements for the new academic year will be sent out soon by academic departments.

Students who have questions that are not covered in the student FAQ section can contact the Coronavirus Helpline by email or phone +44 (0)1970 622483 which is open during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Additionally: the UK government is advising international students not to bring any meat products into the UK to reduce the spread of African Swine Flu. You can read the government guidance here.

Frequently asked questions

I am an arriving overseas student, what do I need to know?

If you are travelling to Aberystwyth from overseas, our International Team webpages will answer some of the questions you may be thinking about, and will help you plan your trip.

There are strict rules on international travel in force, including self-isolation and testing requirements. Public health officials in Wales will be checking that these rules are being followed. It is very important that you follow these rules. If you fail to follow them, you will be breaking the law and risk prosecution. 

The regulations are reviewed and updated regularly – please check the latest position in plenty of time before your planned departure date. 

Useful links

The following webpages contain useful information:

Contact us

All students returning from countries on the red and amber countries list should contact us before travelling to ensure that all the rules on international travel are followed.

To contact us about this during office hours, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01970 622900 (Option 4). 

Collection of test kits from University accommodation

If you are self-isolating in University accommodation after your return from overseas you can arrange collection of your day 2 and day 8 test kits for posting.  The Post Room will provide a collection service daily between 9am and 2pm.

To book a collection, please e-mail the post room on and provide the following information:

  • Full hall address
  • Date and time when the kit will be ready for collection

The testing kit should then be placed in the bag, sealed securely and left outside the flat door, ready for collection. The post room will collect it on that day. 


I am an international student and cannot book a flight to Aberystwyth. Can I study online?

International students who are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements can apply to defer their date of arrival. This is however limited to study schemes where there is suitable online delivery. International students can apply for delayed arrival and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Any queries should be directed to

I am an international student and my arrival at Aberystwyth is likely to be delayed. Can I study online?

International students who are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements can apply to defer their date of arrival. This is however limited to study schemes where there is suitable online delivery. International students can apply for delayed arrival and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Any queries should be directed to

Will the University be offering ‘study from home’ in 2021-22?

The University will not be offering ‘study from home’ in 2021-22. Delayed arrival at Aberystwyth will be limited to international students who have applied on the basis of travel restrictions.

I cannot travel to Aberystwyth because of ill-health or other personal circumstances. Can I stay at home and study online?

All students are expected to travel to Aberystwyth to register in September 2021 and take part in timetabled classes on campus, some of which may be delivered on-line. Students with long-term ill-health or other personal circumstances should consider deferral or applying for temporary withdrawal from their studies and return to Aberystwyth in September 2022. Student Visa holders who take temporary withdrawal will have the sponsorship of their visa withdrawn. They will need to apply for a new CAS and visa before they resume studies in Aberystwyth.

If I have to self-isolate during term, what teaching support will be offered?

As with any short term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department. While no additional online teaching will be provided, students who are unable to attend for a limited period will be able to access Panopto recordings and other online resources via the module pages on Blackboard, which are available to all students.

I need to get a COVID-19 test before international travel. What do I need to do?

The test that the University is currently offering to asymptomatic students is a lateral flow test and not the PCR test that most airlines require - please check the exact specifications of the test and the timeframe you need to have it in with your airline.

If you need a PCR test for travelling purposes you will need to pay to have this done privately. There are no local providers for a walk in service but tests are available from the following companies: