Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for Indian Students

If you are an international student interested in UK study and need advice and support throughout this unprecedented period, please read below for the latest information.

SI-UK are closely monitoring local conditions and government advice in the UK, as well as across all our global offices. If you need to speak to someone, please reach out to our team and arrange a free online consultation with SI-UK India today.

Study UK and Coronavirus Updates

- International Student Vaccine Priority in the UK

International students in the UK are able to access vaccinations as they are rolled out across the country, meaning you may receive the vaccine quicker in the UK than your home country and will be protected when returning home.

Full guidance released by NHS England confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 16 or over in the UK for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Once you have registered with a local GP in the UK, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination.

- UK COVID-19 Travel Rules

The UK government has now simplified the rules for international travel.

Vaccinated passengers arriving from low-risk countries will be permitted to take a cheaper lateral flow test, rather than the privately administered PCR lab tests now required. Unvaccinated travellers from low-risk countries will be required to take a pre-departure test, plus PCR tests on day two and day eight, and to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine. You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:

A full list of approved vaccines and related territories can be found here.

If students are fully vaccinated, they must: 

If students are not fully vaccinated, they must: 

Approved Vaccines for Indian Students

Covishield and Covaxin are on the approved vaccine list. Fully vaccinated Indian students need to submit their vaccine certificate as a proof of vaccination status on the UK passenger locator form. 

- Online Consultations

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/Zoom calls with our team who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call your nearest SI-UK India office.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

The below list of questions and answers will be updated when new information is released from the UK government and UK universities.

Students that have been issued a visa and decide not to travel, must inform the institution they are due to attend so their visa status can be updated. Should students wish to defer their studies, they would need to apply for a new visa as their current visa would not cover the full period of study for the next course.

All UK universities are currently making plans that will cover various potential scenarios for the 2021 academic year. Many campuses will be open, but hybrid learning will continue to take place, with face-to-face tuition and digital lectures and seminars allowing social distancing guidelines to be followed.

UK universities and SI-UK are accepting applications as normal in preparation for the January and September intake.

There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalising revised scholarship plans for future entry.

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