The health, wellbeing and safety of all students is a top priority for everyone. For further guidance and support, please contact your individual university or school directly. 

View the latest information and advice from the UK government on Covid-19.

Information for current international students 

Across the UK, quality teaching is taking place this academic year. Universities are providing high quality, flexible options to international students, such as starting studies online or later start dates. Many universities are delivering some in person teaching, and are blending face to face learning with online technology and tools to support students’ education. This is being regularly reviewed in line with current and local guidance to ensure that teaching is delivered in a safe environment, and that student safety remains a top priority.

If you need help, information or advice – your university is there to help you. 

Please see further information for international students from Universities UK.

Information for future students 

For students looking to begin their studies in the UK in the 2020-21 academic year, we know the current situation has led to some uncertainty.

We want to reassure you that the UK is open to international students, and a warm welcome is waiting for you here. The UK's world-class universities are continuing to recruit international students for the 2020 21 academic year and beyond.

Contact your chosen university for more information about how it is adapting to Covid-19, and visit our dedicated page for studying in the UK in the 2020-21 academic year. 

See below for further sources of advice and support:

Further support and advice

You can contact UKCISA's Student Advice Line on +44 2077889214 (13.00 - 16.00 UK time, Monday–Friday).

Please see further information from UKCISA on their website.

Visit Universities UK for frequently asked questions for current students.

See updates from the Office for Students on their website.

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.


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

Health and wellbeing

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

View the government guidance on isolating in university and college halls of residence and student housing for advice on how you should manage isolation for individuals or groups if someone either shows symptoms of, or is confirmed to have, Covid-19.

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

Many universities have already implemented a number of Covid-19 support services that current and future international students can access, to ensure that students' physical and mental health are prioritised. Contact your institution for information on what they’re doing to support international students.


The Home Office has published guidance on immigration for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with Covid-19. For information please see UK Government updates below:

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 800 678 1767, Monday – Friday,  09.00 – 17.00. 


For further information regarding visa extensions please see updated guidance from the UK Home Office. 

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 our Study UK social media channels, you can follow us at @StudyUKBritish on Twitter, @studyuk_britishcouncil on Instagram and @StudyUK.BritishCouncil on Facebook.

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