This is an evolving situation and we will continue to update on current UK Government guidelines. View the latest information and advice from the UK Government on Covid-19.

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. 

Information for current international students 

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. Your school or university should be in contact regarding new arrangements and are who you should contact for further information.  

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.

As the situation evolves we will continue to update you with the latest guidance. Please also see further information for international students from Universities UK

Information for future students 

For students looking to begin their studies in the UK in 2020, we appreciate the current situation has led to some uncertainty. We want to reassure you that UK universities will always be open to international students, even if admissions processes and arrangements may be adapted as a result of Covid-19. This might mean later start dates than normal, or that some teaching is delivered online. Contact your chosen institution for more information, and visit our dedicated page for starting your degree in 2020.

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

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