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. The wellbeing of our staff and students has always been of utmost importance, and never more so than in situations like this.

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

- UK Leading Way in Vaccine Rollout

The Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in the UK is far ahead of the rest of Europe and amongst the best in the world. The UK is expected to be one of the first countries in the world to be fully vaccinated, likely by summer 2021, meaning September 2021 entry will be safe for students and staff.

- International Student Vaccine Priority

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

- September 2021 Entry

The UK government published its Covid-19 roadmap in February 2021 and, ahead of the next main student intake in September 2021, UK universities are processing international UCAS applications as normal and traditional study and face-to-face learning is expected to return by May 17th at the earliest. 

- Blended Learning at UK Universities

Teaching has partially moved online for those currently studying at a UK university. Campuses are open, but a form of hybrid learning is currently taking place, with face-to-face tuition and digital lectures and seminars allowing social distancing guidelines to be followed.

Measures implemented by universities include buildings that have clearly marked entry and exit points; sanitiser stations, floor markings and social distancing measures. Please speak to an SI-UK consultant for university specific measures.

- Travel Implications for Indian Students

-A Covid-19 test is required 3 days prior to travel with protocols in the following link -  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england 

-A travel test package can be booked in advance including a Covid test on Day 2 and Day 8 upon arrival in the UK which may cost around £170 to £575 depending on the provider. Find more details here 
 - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals#book-a-travel-test-package 

-Complete the passenger locator form available on the UKVI website prior to travelling - https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk 

-A 10 day quarantine is mandatory currently and would cost around £1750 for stay at a managed quarantine hotel

-Student might have to spend approximately £2000 {£1750 + (£170 to £575)} for travel test and hotel stay 

-New Graduate Route Visa

Students who have joined a UK university in September 2020 are eligible to apply for the new graduate route visa as long as they arrive in the UK by 21st June 2021. January 2021 intake students have until 27th September 2021 to enter the UK gain access to the Graduate Immigration Route and apply for a 2-year post study work visa. 

- 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.

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.

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. University campuses are most likely to be fully  functional by May 17th at the earliest. Currently 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 September 2021 intake.

There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalising revised scholarship plans for 2021 entry.

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