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Latest Coronavirus Updates

Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that staff and students remain safe during the new semester (starting January or February 2022). As per government guidelines in Scotland, the college will begin the semester with remote-based learning for all programmes. This means that you will be required to enrol and attend classes online via our education portal.


The dates for orientation and teaching remain unchanged:

17th January 2022 – Orientation begins
24th January 2022 – Teaching begins (Undergraduate)
7th February 2022 – Teaching begins (Postgraduate)

We are committed to delivering our outstanding education online and returning to college as soon as the guidelines allow us to do so. Although the classes will be taking place online to begin the new semester, it is our intention to introduce face-to-face teaching and welcome students to the campus in Aberdeen as the situation improves.
In preparation for this, we encourage all students to continue with their progress towards obtaining a visa and travelling to the UK when it is safe to do so. If you are studying from the UK or home country, you will be expected to attend each session and submit assignments. The current deadline for students to arrive in the UK in 6th April 2022.*


Government resources:

*Subject to change in line with government guidelines

Wednesday 8th December 2021

ICRGU at Robert Gordon University is committed to supporting staff, students and applicants through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the UK has seen huge progress with regards to the vaccination programme, we continue to review all government guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students.


January 2022 intake

We are looking forward to greeting both new and returning students for our January intake. We must, however, continue to be mindful of the latest government guidance, which varies depending on whether you are travelling from a red list country, and whether or not you are fully vaccinated. You can read the latest guidelines here on what to do before you travel to Scotland and what to do when you arrive, according to your individual circumstances.


Government guidance

Friday 20th August 2021 


New Students starting in September/October

We can't wait to welcome you! Please check out the latest links below:

Coronavirus in Scotland:

International Travel and Managed Isolation (quarantine) in Scotland:

Covid Testing before you travel to England:


Countries required to self-isolate
When you arrive in Aberdeen, you may be subject to a 10-day self-isolation or quarantine period. There are a small number of countries that are exempt from the quarantine rule:

During self-isolation you will need access to an international bank card that you can use in the UK to order food shopping or delivery to your accommodation, as you are required to stay indoors. Please pack accordingly for this and ensure you are prepared for this requirement.

There will be support available during your self-isolation period from the RGU ResLife team, for those students within RGU accommodation:

RGU COVID-19 Testing for staff and students:

RGU is currently setting up an on-campus vaccination site for students; this will be available from the 13th of September 2021.

Immigration Health Surcharge
All Student Route visa students will have paid for an Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their visa application. This entitles you to routine healthcare in the UK. Should you fall ill as a result of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has also confirmed that they will cover the cost of any related treatment.

Travel Insurance
This is a separate product which is additional to the mandatory Immigration Health Surcharge. When arranging travel insurance, many insurance providers are including COVID-19 exclusions to their policies. We recommend that you check with your insurance provider that you have appropriate cover before travelling.


Wednesday 4th August 2021 


Current Students: Teaching and Learning

ICRGU is currently consulting with University State department regarding classroom arrangements as the social distancing rule changed to 1 metre.

Pre-Master's classes: We are keen to get some PG students back onto campus before their programme finishes at the end of August.

Undergraduate classes: Majority of learning and teaching is being delivered online. We might arrange some exams to be carried out on campus; please wait for further notice from the College.


University Updates

RGU COVID-19 Page:

RGU has confirmed that from 13th September, a vaccination centre on campus will be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all international students.

The existing test centre will continue to operate as usual. Please book your appointment in advance if tests are required.


Scottish Government Announcement on 3rd August

Scotland is to move beyond level 0 from 9th August:

Although restrictions are being lifted, some baseline measures will remain in place, for instance, travel restrictions, face masks, etc. Please be cautious and do everything to reduce the risk of transmission. Remember, your safety is priority!


Monday 5th April 2021 

ICRGU continue to deliver our programmes online as per the Scottish Government Guidelines.


Current students - you should continue to check their ICRGU email via the ICRGU student portal and contact with any questions they have. 

Information in regards to international travel remain the same as the Wednesday 10th February update below. 

As of today, there have been some changes to the restrictions in Scotland allowing for some more easing of the recent guidelines - please check these carefully here: 



Wednesday 10th February 2021 

Currently the majority of learning and teaching is being delivered online with ICRGU. The latest Scottish Government guidance confirms that most students should not plan to travel to term-time accommodation at this point.
We advise you that you may wish to temporarily delay your travel for now. ICRGU will provide updates to all students when the Scottish Government advise it is safe for students to travel.

Students who do intend to travel to Scotland from abroad at this time must:

  • have proof of a negative PCR test (or similar test with at least 99% specificity and 97% sensitivity for detecting COVID-19) taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. See the Scottish Government’s guide: Pre-departure coronavirus testing

  • self-isolate for 10 days on arrival - information on this can be found here: 

And from Monday 15 February 2021:

  • all arrivals to Scotland [from outside the Common Travel Area] must book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the importation of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is different from those travelling to England or the rest of the UK. If you plan to self-islolate in England or Wales, please read the below information from the UK Government. 

Accommodation information from RGU regarding the COVID impact on booking accommodation: 


Coronavirus Latest Guidance (Scotland): 

Travel Latest Guidance (UK Government): 


Friday 08th January 2021 

Update Friday 8 January 2021

On Monday 4 January, further COVID-19 restrictions were announced across the UK. These restrictions include the move to temporary online teaching for all schools, colleges, and universities.

ICRGU is fully prepared to deliver courses online until these restrictions are listed, in line with the Scottish Government guidance. Lecturers and support staff are already putting in place plans to move teaching fully online, with as little disruption to study as possible. Student courses and assessments have already been adapted for the online environment meaning that there wont be any delay, keeping you on track with your journey to RGU. 

New students in the UK, or in transit, are strongly encouraged to contact ICRGU as soon as possible for support and guidance.   

Latest Government information can be found below and should be revisited regularly:

Coronavirus Latest Guidance (Scotland): 

Travel Latest Guidance (UK Government): 

Travel to education exemption: 


Contact ICRGU:

Telephone: +44 (0)1224263570


This page will continue to be updated with further information for Winter 2021 students. 


Tuesday 05th January 2021 

RGU Campus and RGU Accommodation Information 


For detailed advice and information regarding the Coronavirus as it relates to RGU campus please visit: 



Prospective Students

In alignment with RGU and Scottish Government Guidelines, ICRGU are planning our return to campus for our next cohort of students to join us the Winter Intake of 2021. The college is taking careful steps to plan and implement our changes to ensure a safe and quality study experience initially via remote learning and then on-campus when restrictions allow for our students to return for the face-to-face component of their programmes. 


Our team are committed to supporting our students’ wellbeing to ensure all students can stay on track and keep their futures moving forward for when ever they are able to travel to study with us. 


You can find out more information on our ICRGU Future Students Website: 


Current Students 


Make sure you are keeping up to date with the recent changes and changes to restrictions for those of you that are in Scotland currently studying with us.


It is important that you to remain informed on government changes including the wearing of facemasks on public transportation, the closure of specific stores and services and other restrictions on national and international travel. 


For more information on this please visit: 


Students preparing to arrive in the UK


Please ensure that you have downloaded and read through the RGU/ICRGU Arrival Leaflet which provides helpful information for your arrival into the UK. Download here: 2020 Arrival Leaflet 


Please note you will be required to self-isolate on arrival to the UK/Aberdeen for a minimum of 10 days as per the Scottish Guidelines - please contact if you have any questions about your travel arrangements and booking transportation or accommodation for your studies. 


Information on travel guidelines for education and in the UK will be published by the Scottish and UK Government after further annoucements from the 06th January 2021. Please contact if you have specific questions on your travel arrangements. 


ICRGU and RGU Alignment 

Our pages outline the current updates and the steps ICRGU and RGU are taking. We continue to review the guidance regularly to ensure it is in line with the government’s action plan and will contact our current and prospective students  by email if there are any significant changes.


Robert Gordon University is working towards a carefully managed return to campus for when the time is right, placing the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and students at the centre of these plans. We understand that this is a period of great uncertainty, but the planning is guided by advice from the Scottish government and public health authority. RGU are in regular correspondence with other Scottish universities to exchange information on how they are responding to this fast-changing situation.


For detailed updates from RGU please visit:  


Summer 2020 Update  

In line with our University Partner, Robert Gordon University, the ICRGU building remains closed to all staff and students. Students are asked not to travel to campus and to continue to engage with us online.

ICRGU is committed to delivering our programmes for students and have made immediate arrangements to do so using various online platforms. If you have any questions relating to this, please email


Monday 20th April 2020

Advice to Students

The UK government has confirmed that current measures will remain in place to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

People must stay at home except:

  • to shop for essentials such as food
  • allowed outside for 1 x exercise session per day
  • any medical need
  • travelling to and from essential work

All shops selling non-essential goods such as clothing and electrical items will be shut, and gatherings of more than two people who do not live in the same household is prohibited.

You must follow these rules and remain at home/in your student accommodation.

If you do not follow these rules the police will have the powers to enforce them and you could face fines, and groups of people will be dispersed.

The UK Government will review these measures in 3 weeks' time and will provide further updates.

If you are unsure what to do please contact the ICRGU Helpline: 01224 263576

You can also find the latest advice on the UK Government website.

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