Guidance for International Students

  • Last update: 27th May, 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

– Autumn 2020 Entry

The next student intake, which is scheduled for September/October 2020, will be going ahead as planned and UK universities are currently processing applications as normal.

– 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 Learning at UK Universities

It is expected that teaching at UK universities will be partially moving online from Autumn 2020. Many campuses will be open, but hybrid learning will take place, with face-to-face tuition and digital lectures and seminars allowing social distancing guidelines to be followed.

Many universities are also currently considering a number of ways study can remain as normal as possible. 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

– 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.


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