Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for International Students
- Last update: 27th April, 2020.
If you are an international student interested in UK study and need advice and support throughout this difficult period, please read below for the latest information. The wellbeing of our staff and students has always been of utmost importance, and never more so than in situations like this.
UK universities are currently processing international applications as normal and the intended Autumn intake will be running as planned.
SI-UK are closely monitoring local conditions and government advice in the UK, as well as across all our global offices. If you need to speak to someone, please reach out to our team on 020-7287-7040 or arrange a free online consultation.
Study UK and Coronavirus Updates
- Student Visa Extensions
All international students who are unable to return to their home country because of coronavirus have been granted an automatic extension until May 31st by the UK Government.
The extension will apply to any student whose visa expired after January 24th who cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation. It will initially last until May 31st, but will be kept under regular review as the situation regarding the virus remains fluid. A dedicated coronavirus immigration team has been set up, ensuring the process moves as straightforward as possible.
- Online Consultations
If you would like to discuss your current application with one of our consultants, or have any questions about COVID-19 and its implications for UK study we welcome one-to-one Skype/Zoom calls with our London-based international team who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call us on 020-7287-7040.
We are fully aware that we will not yet have answers to all of your questions, but do, please let our team know if there are specific concerns or issues you would like more information about.
- Online Learning at UK Universities
Learning at UK universities has now moved online.
Many universities are also currently considering a number of ways study can remain as normal as possible from September. This includes:
- Extending the way Pre-Sessional English offer can be accessed
- Exploring blended learning options for any students who is unable to join in September
- January starts in some key subjects
Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ
The below list of questions and answers will be updated when new information is released from the UK government and UK universities.
Students that have been issued a visa and decide not to travel, must inform the institution they are due to attend so their visa status can be updated. Should students wish to defer their studies, they would need to apply for a new visa as their current visa would not cover the full period of study for the next course.
The UK government has agreed that teachers can award a grade that represents what UK students were most likely to achieve, and if your government takes a similar approach, many universities will accept that qualification. We advise enquiring with your institution, examination board or government helpline for clarity on their intentions.
UK universities and SI-UK are accepting applications as normal in preparation for future intakes.
There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalising revised scholarship plans for 2020/21 entry.
For students that were allocated a university managed room, you will be contacted soon. Students that secured their own accommodation privately should contact their accommodation provider directly to seek advice.