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Kaplan International Pathways is the trading name of Kaplan International Colleges UK Ltd. Company No. 05268303. Registered in England. Registered office: Palace House, 3 Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE, United Kingdom.

Accommodation and financial support

Care and wellbeing

We can't wait to welcome you

Because you'll be starting with Kaplan by your side.

Beginning your studies in another country is a big step to take, and the past year has had its own unique challenges. But we have a clear message for you before you start your trip to the UK: don't worry! 

We'll be here to support you at every step in your journey. No matter where you're from, or where you're studying, you can rely on us. Read on to learn how you can start your overseas study experience with confidence.

When travelling to the UK from another country this Autumn, you may need to isolate, possibly in a quarantine hotel. Our support measures are designed to make your transition into the UK as easy as possible.

You're starting a new chapter in your life: we want to make sure it gets off to a great start! The wellbeing support we offer will help you settle in when you arrive in the UK. And it doesn't stop there.

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You have so much to look forward to when starting your studies! Below you can find all kinds of useful resources, including videos from other students, handy FAQs, and information about what to expect.

Buddy system
While isolating, you'll get to remotely meet your tutors. You'll also be paired with another student to keep in touch with our buddy system.

Mental wellbeing
Our kind and experienced support staff will be ready to help you with any issues you have: there will always be someone to talk to!

Social activities
As part of our wellbeing support, we'll organise lots of activities for you to join. From virtual yoga classes to simple chats, we'll keep you connected.

Enhanced safety
Face masks, social distancing, extra cleaning and other measures that go beyond government guidelines are in place in our buildings to help you feel safe and at ease.

Travelling to the UK isn't quite as straightforward as it was a couple of years ago, but don't worry! We're here to help make your journey and arrival easy, seamless and enjoyable.

Safe travel and arrival

Hear from our Student Ambassadors

Your questions answered on our FAQs page

Read all about UK life, universities and more

Take a look at our useful pre-arrival guides

Read about our health and safety measures

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Meal packages and vouchers

Depending on the type of accommodation you're in, you can get a handy food delivery voucher, helping to make sure you eat well while you isolate.

2 weeks' free accommodation

If you're from an amber list country, you'll need to quarantine when you arrive in the UK. To help make that easy, we're offering 2 free weeks of accommodation, if you booked your accommodation with Kaplan.

Pathways Preview

While isolating, you can make the most of Pathways Preview if you're on a Kaplan course. This gives you early access to some of your course materials and content.

Pre-departure briefings
You'll be briefed before you depart by one of our knowledgeable, friendly advisers. We'll make sure you know what to expect before you start your journey, and you can ask anything you like!

Travel and transfers
We'll give you all the advice you need to travel confidently, and safe transfers will be available when you arrive in the UK to take you to your accommodation or quarantine hotel.

Getting a vaccine
Once in the UK, you'll be able to get a coronavirus vaccine if you're over 18 and haven't already had one. The NHS offers everyone, including international students, free vaccination. We'll help you book yours!

Red list arrivals (quarantine hotel)Amber list arrivals (own accommodation)
All Kaplan Pathway colleges not listed below£1,500
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
University of York International Pathway College£2,285Travel Test Package costs covered (up to £210)
University of Bristol International Foundation Programme £2,285
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
Travel Test Package costs covered
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
University of Birmingham foundation pathways  (on campus)£2,285 (self-funded students only)10 days' free university accommodation
Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate (University of Nottingham)£1,750
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
Free isolation period University-arranged accommodation /
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation

Isolation financial support

Terms and conditions

Financial Support 

If you are a new student enrolling at a Kaplan-taught college and travelling to the UK from a country on the UK government’s red list (as of 3 August 2021), and you have booked a quarantine hotel after 4am BST on 12 August 2021, you may be eligible to receive a £1500 reduction from your tuition fees. 

If you made your quarantine hotel booking before 4am BST on 12 August 2021, you may be eligible for a £1000 reduction from your tuition fees. You must be a new student enrolling on a Kaplan-delivered Pathway Programme who: 

1. is 18 years and older at time of your arrival in UK or if you are under 18 years, be quarantining with a parent or guardian who is either a UK or Irish national or has residence rights in the UK (please note: you must commence your quarantine before the end of the enrolment period for your Programme); 

2. has received an Offer Letter and Acceptance Form to commence your Programme between September to November 2021; 

3. has paid your deposit and is up to date with your Tuition Fee payments; 

4. has provided Kaplan with evidence of payment made by you or on your behalf to a UK government approved managed quarantine hotel scheme. 

If the country you are arriving from has been removed from the red list as of 4am BST on 12 August 2021, and you have already booked your quarantine hotel, you can request a refund from the UK government. 

Food Voucher 

If you are a new Kaplan student travelling to the UK from an amber or red list country and are commencing your studies in Autumn 2021, you may be eligible to receive £50 of Deliveroo vouchers. The Food Voucher is subject to availability. 


See the full Financial Support & Food Voucher Terms and Conditions


2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation: up to 2 weeks of free accommodation for students booking accommodation with Kaplan, subject to availability, and for use before the start date of your accommodation contract. You can choose a Kaplan accommodation contract that starts in either September or October.

University of Birmingham free accommodation: up to 10 days available in university or partner accommodation, available for arrivals until 1 November. University of Birmingham accommodation is managed by the University directly, or via their accommodation partner.

Under 18s: under 18s from red list countries cannot stay unaccompanied in a quarantine hotel. However, the £1,500 support will still be made available for red list students who turn 18 before 6 April 2022, and can therefore travel to the UK. 

Kaplan colleges financial support: as of 4am BST on 12 August 2021, the UK government has increased the price of quarantine hotels to £2,285. To help support our students with this change, we are now offering £1,500 towards this cost for those booked from 12 August.

Financial support for students arriving in the UK

Isolation financial support

Red list arrivals 
(quarantine hotel)
All Kaplan Pathway colleges not listed below£1,500
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
University of York International Pathway College£2,285
University of Bristol International Foundation Programme £2,285
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
University of Birmingham foundation pathways
(on campus)
£2,285 (self-funded students only)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate (University of Nottingham)£1,750
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
Amber list arrivals 
(own accommodation)
All Kaplan Pathway colleges not listed below2 weeks free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
University of York International Pathway CollegeTravel Test Package costs covered (up to £210)
University of Bristol International Foundation Programme Travel Test Package costs covered
2 weeks' free Kaplan-arranged accommodation
University of Birmingham foundation pathways
(on campus)
10 days' free university accommodation
Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate (University of Nottingham)Free isolation period University-arranged accommodation /
2 weeks' free
Kaplan-arranged accommodation

Student Assistance Programme
You'll have access to this confidential wellbeing support and counselling programme, with a 24/7 helpline and translation service, available by phone or app.

Quarantine support
If you need to isolate upon arrival, we'll check in on you frequently and make sure you're healthy, happy and have everything you need.