This is an evolving situation and we will continue to update on current UK Government guidelines. The latest information and advice from the UK Government on COVID-19 can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response  

The health, wellbeing and safety of all students is a top priority for everyone. For further guidance and support where you are, please contact your individual university or school directly. Many schools, universities and colleges will be transitioning to more online tuition and alternative examination arrangements, but staff will continue to support you in your own institution.

We also understand that many students live in shared accommodation and this can be worrying. If you are living in student accommodation and are worried about your health or that of the people you live with, contact the staff member at your school or university with responsibility for student support. If you are worried about remaining in your accommodation please speak to your university or school. Your institution will help ensure you have somewhere to live.   

If you need help, information or advice – your university is there to help you.  Make sure you have the right contact details within your institution.

See below for further sources of advice and support:

If you are feeling unwell, please see the NHS guidelines on what you should do here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  

Further support and advice

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline to answer your questions about COVID-19 and concerns regarding your education. You can contact the helpline by telephone and email:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

The helpline is open from 08.00 - 18.00, Monday – Friday

Please see this joint statement from: UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and Universities UK International (UUKi)

You can also contact UKCISA's Student Advice Line on +442077889214 (13.00 - 16.00 UK time, Monday–Friday).

You can get further updates from UKCISA on their website: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/  

For updates on arrangements for school examinations administered in the UK please see the regulators website for the relevant country for more details:

Please note UK Qualifications offered overseas will follow guidance in the respective country, please refer to the Exam Boards for further information.

IELTS and other language tests

IELTS testing has been suspended in some countries, 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. Visit the IELTS website for the latest updates on IELTS test arrangements. Anyone who has been affected by the suspension of other language tests should contact their test provider with any enquiries.

 

Travel

For the latest UK travel advice, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus 

Health

For the latest UK health advice, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

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

Visa and admissions arrangements

The Home Office has published guidance on immigration for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. For information please see UK Government updates below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/visas-extended-for-those-currently-unable-to-return-home-due-to-covid-19

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

A Home Office Coronavirus immigration helpline and email address is available for all immigration enquires related to Coronavirus.  

Telephone 0800 678 1767, Monday – Friday,  09.00 – 17.00. 

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk 

Please also seek advice from your individual institution regarding latest information on the impact of COVID-19 on visa arrangements. 

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