Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for International Students
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has created much uncertainty in the education sector, and SI-UK are closely monitoring local conditions and government advice in India, as well as all our global offices.
The wellbeing of our staff and students has always been of utmost importance, and never more so than in situations like this.
If you are a current SI-UK student and need help, advice and support throughout this difficult period, please read below for the latest information.
The global situation is obviously changing rapidly, and we are closely monitoring advice from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organisation.
Hygiene & Prevention
SI-UK are actively and repeatedly encouraging students and staff to engage in proper hygiene and prevention strategies through sanitation stations within the office and constant verbal reminders. We are regularly deep cleaning all of our offices so students can feel comfortable in a safe environment.
Following global guidelines, we are strongly requesting that any student who is sick does not attend classes or visit an SI-UK office.
In the event a student has COVID-19 symptoms (see below) they must call the local health authority, follow their directions, and self-isolate. We will support our staff and students with specific steps where self-isolation has to be carried out.
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 calls with our local teams who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call us on our regional contact numbers displayed on our website.
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.
UK Universities Remain Open
It is important to emphasise that campuses across UK universities currently remain open, and that in some places learning has simply moved online.
On-site services and facilities such as health and well-being, post rooms, catering outlets and shops will remain open, with social distancing measures implemented to protect members of the student and staff community.
Department for Education Support
The UK Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm GMT (Monday to Friday)
If you are displaying any of the following symptoms
- Sustained fever
- Shortness of breath
Stay at home and do not visit a pharmacy, surgery or hospital.
- Last update: 17th March, 2020.