COVID-19 And UK Universities: International Updates And FAQs
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Updates For International Students Studying In UK Universities
The COVID-19 situation has brought changes to how current and prospective international students study at UK universities. This article will cover the most commonly asked questions and provide time-relevant updates about these developments (based on official sources such as government and public health information).
The article will be constantly updated based on new developments.
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Current international students and staff
The latest advice is that students who are currently still at university should now not travel. For students who do not have any other alternative, such as having no home in UK or can’t return due to safety reasons, they will be provided support by Universities.
The UK government has provided guidance for residential educational settings. Also, each University will be providing support to international students so it is important to refer to the announcements by them.
If a student has chosen to return overseas but wishes to continue their current studies via distance learning; the student will be able to keep their Tier 4 visa. The usual restrictions and reporting requirements will apply where a student has withdrawn from their course or formally deferred.
The UK government has released further guidance for visa holders in the UK. They have stated that visas shall be extended to 31 May 2020 if an individual cannot leave because of travel restrictions or self-isolation. The government is now requesting that individuals contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team to detail their situation.
NHS is providing free treatment for the coronavirus (COVID-19) for everyone.
Future International Students
At the moment, contingency plans are being developed by each University according to the developments of the COVID-19. It is advised to keep in touch with the respective University to get the latest updates.
Students should contact their intended place of study to understand what English language requirements apply in their circumstance. Universities are currently working hard to expand the range of evidence that can be used where possible.
Right now, universities are figuring out the best way to place students who wish to come over but cannot take their high school examinations. It’s best to contact your local examinations board as well as the university admissions department you intend to apply for to explore what is the best option.
TNE Students may be affected by the COVID-19 situation. It is important for TNE institutions to provide quality education and support to students regardless of delivery format. Institutions should also provide extra support to vulnerable students who may not be able to access remote learning resources.
Online distance learning tools are readily available at TNE programmes, and the move to online has happened earlier in some TNE host countries such as in Asia. TNE providers need ensure that the quality and integrity of teaching and assessments does not suffer as a result of moving to distance online learning, and that students are appropriately supported. They also need to take into account the needs and constraints of the staff and student when implementing online delivery.
Important Resource Links
- Latest UK government advice.
- Latest National Health Service advice.
- Latest Public Health Wales advice.
- Latest Northern Ireland advice.
- Latest Health Protection Scotland advice.
- UK Council For International Student Affairs.
Specific government advice:
- Stay at home guidance
- Guidance for educational settings
- Guidance for isolation in education settings (including halls of residence)
- Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents