The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting the ability of some individuals to travel to and enter the UK, including international students from China. Those whose plans to start studying in the UK have been affected are advised to seek advice from their UK host institutions. Please see below for further information. 

IELTS and other language tests

IELTS testing has been suspended in mainland China until March at the earliest, as a result of the Coronavirus restrictions. IELTS colleagues are in contact with the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) of the Chinese Ministry of Education and are looking into a range of options to allow testing to resume as soon as possible in order to minimise disruption to both test takers and organisations relying on IELTS scores. They are also planning to hold additional test sessions as soon as permitted to resume testing, to ensure that they have capacity for those who need to take IELTS, as quickly as possible, for an admissions decision. For the latest updates on IELTS test arrangements, please visit this page on the IELTS website. Anyone who has been affected by the suspension of other language tests should contact their test provider with any enquiries.

Please see more information below.


For the latest UK travel advice, please visit the GOV.UK website.


For the latest UK health advice, please visit the NHS website

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has produced guidance for those who have been advised to self-isolate:


Visa arrangements

Please seek advice from your UK host institution regarding the latest visa arrangements.

Further information

Further updates and information can also be found on the website of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

We will also be sharing updates on the Study UK official social media channels, you can follow us at @StudyUKBritish on Twitter.