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Going to University in the UK: A Complete Guide for
International Students

Contents

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An introduction to international study
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02
Finding and applying to a university
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03
Moving to the UK to start university
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Challenges, Guidance, and Support during COVID-19
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An introduction
to international study

Studying abroad provides you with a totally new perspective on the world. While it’s a massive challenge adapting to a new culture, it’s a fantastic life lesson for anyone looking to get out of their bubble and explore the world around them.

The United Kingdom has always been one of the most popular countries for students to migrate to. As of right now, there are as many as 485,000 international students studying in the UK.

But why do they flock here? Let’s see what the UK has to offer for students, as well as how anyone looking to study here would need to go about applying for a British university place.

Benefits of studying in the UK

There are a plethora of reasons why students choose the UK as their destination of choice for higher learning. Let’s look at some of the most commonly cited, and see how they could benefit an international student.

Internationally recognised universities

One of the biggest benefits of earning a degree from a UK university is the global recognition the British higher education system has. Seen as one of the leading regions for academia, a degree from the likes of Oxford, Cambridge or King’s College is seen the world-over as evidence of a strong skill level.

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Working while you study

Any foreign national studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree is entitled to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time, and full-time during student holidays. That’s assuming the University you’re studying at is listed on both the UKVI Sponsor List and list of recognised bodies.

Mastering language skills

While you’re required to speak and understand fluent English to be able to study in the UK, moving here full-time would help you master the language. Pick up on the subtle nuances of British sarcasm, as well as the genuflections and dialects used by British nationals.

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A wide range of studying opportunities

As The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) reports, there are over 50,000 courses, spanning 25 different subject areas, available for foreign students to apply to. That variety means you’ll always be able to find something you feel passionate about studying.

The British culture

There are a lot of stereotypes about British culture out there. Some (a love of tea) are true, while others are a little off the mark. Spending an extended amount of time in the country will give any foreign student a true understanding of how the UK really operates.

What’s more, being here will also give you the chance to visit iconic landmarks like Big Ben, Stonehenge and The Angel of the North.

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There are a plethora of reasons why students choose the UK as their destination of choice for higher learning. Let’s look at some of the most commonly cited, and see how they could benefit an international student.

Immigration rules: getting a visa to study

As of right now – and up until 31 December of 2020 – anyone from the EU currently studying and residing in the UK won’t need to change their living situation.

That could change after that date as a result of the impact of Brexit. Currently, there’s no clear legislation in place. That means there is a good chance EU nationals will need to follow the same visa application process as other foreign nationals.

In those instances, you’ll need a General Student Visa (Tier 4) to be able to study in the UK full-time. You can apply for one of these visas as long as you:

  • Have already been offered a place on a course
  • Are able to read, speak, write and fully understand English
  • Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • Are (currently) not from a country in the European Economic area and Switzerland

The visa itself runs on a points-based system, taking all of these factors into account. You need 40 points to be accepted. Let’s take a look in more detail at how you can accrue points to make yourself eligible for a Tier 4 visa, as well as the rules for applying.

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Course confirmation

You’ll need to show you have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is often electronic, and will be sent by your university once you have a confirmed place on a course.

A CAS will contain information like your personal information, course of study length of study, and your unique CAS number.

If your university or college is on the Tier 4 sponsor list, you’ll receive 30 points towards your overall total. This constitutes most of the points you’ll need, so is very important.

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Funding

You’ll need to provide clear evidence that you have some form of funding to pay for your course tuition fee and monthly living costs.

This can include bank statements, as well as proof of loans you’ve taken out to afford the costs. This is worth the final 10 points you’ll need to be allowed to apply.

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Application requirements

Filling out the visa form is relatively simple for the most part. The only slightly exceptional circumstances are the need for fingerprints and a photograph. These can be taken from you at a visa application centre.

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Immigration health service charge

All students from outside the UK are expected to pay an unspecified amount to be eligible for healthcare from the NHS.

This will vary depending on your course and length of stay. Usually, students staying for longer than six months can expect to pay around £150, while those staying for less will need to pay about half of that.

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The rules for students from Australia, China, the US and the rest of the world

Let’s now take a closer look at what a foreign student needs to be aware of before, during and after you apply for a Tier 4 visa.

When should you apply?

While you might want to start your application process as early as possible, you won’t actually be able to until three months before your course is set to begin. You’ll typically hear back about your application within three weeks.

How much is an application?

You will have to pay exactly £348 for a Tier 4 visa. You’ll also need to pay a further £348 for any dependents you bring with you (such as children or other family members).

As we’ve discussed, there will also be a healthcare surcharge. This will vary depending on your exact circumstances. To find out how much you have to pay, you can use the calculation tool the government provides.

When can you arrive and how long can you stay?

The amount of time you can spend in the country before you begin your studies depends on the length of the course itself. Currently, the visa states you should arrive:

  • No earlier than one week before your course starts, if it lasts less than six months
  • No earlier than one month before your course starts, if it lasts more than six months

The amount of time you can stay afterwards depends on the type of course you’re studying, as well as how much of it you’ve already completed. This will all be determined as part of the application process, and you’ll be given a specified date when your visa is granted.

What can and can’t you do during your stay?

There are certain regulations in place to prevent people from exploiting the Tier 4 visa. Currently, anyone who’s granted one is allowed to:

  • Study full time
  • Work as a student union sabbatical officer
  • Apply for a Tier 4 visa from within or outside the UK
  • Apply to extend the length of a visa
  • Work in most types of jobs

However, there are also some restrictions. While these are few in number, they’re still worth considering before you travel. You won’t be able to:

  • Get public funding
  • Work in certain types of jobs (such as a professional sportsperson)
  • Study at an academy or locally funded school

Make sure to check with the conditions of your visa before you apply for anything work or funding-related.

When can you arrive and how long can you stay?

If you’re concerned about the status of your visa, you’ll need to contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). They should be able to answer any questions you have, or point you in the direction of the people who’ll know.

In the case of anything which is related to your actual course, you should turn to your place of study. Universities will be able to help with any concerns you have regarding your education.

Now you have a better understanding of what’s required of you, you can apply online for a visa.

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Finding and applying to
a university

Before you can begin your application, you’ll need to have applied (successfully) to a university. But how do you decide which one is right for you?

This is already a stressful enough decision in your own country. If you’re trying to find a uni overseas, it can be even more challenging.

Let’s look at how to narrow down your search, and find the best course for you.

UK degree types

The UK offers a variety of degree types. They might be different to the names and levels you have in your native country, so it’s important to know what kind of qualification you should be applying for.

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Undergraduate degrees

This is the most “basic” form of a degree available. It will last three years, specialising in a specific subject area of your choice. In most cases, the first year of the degree won’t count towards your final grade – but you’ll still need to pass it to remain on the course.

There are several different types of undergraduate degrees:

  • BSc (Bachelor of science)
  • BA (Bachelor of arts)
  • BEng (Bachelor of engineering)
  • MEng (Undergraduate master’s degree) – this is a four-year course with a built-in master’s degree at the end

Within each of these categories you’ll find hundreds of different subjects. If you have no pre-existing university qualifications, you’ll be applying for one of these courses.

At the end of your course you’ll be assigned a grade, depending on how well you did during your time of study.

The UK undergraduate grading system is as follows:
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Upper second
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Lower second
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A score of 70% or higher might not sound that challenging, but universities have a far stricter marking gradient than a school.

Less than a third of students attained the grade at British universities between 2017-18, but that still constituted the highest number ever achieved. In a normal year, less than 25% of students will get a First.

Criteria

To be accepted onto an undergraduate course, you’ll need to have performed to your chosen university’s satisfaction in the last set of results you obtained before leaving school. In places like the USA, your grade point average will also be taken into account.

They will ask for a certain amount of UCAS points (determined by your grades). In the UK, these are accrued by A-Levels, Advanced Placements and the International Baccalaureate.

The latter of these is usually the best option for anyone looking to study in another country. If you don’t have any international or internal (graded) qualifications, you may be asked to carry out an international foundation course.

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Postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate options are for students looking to earn a master’s qualification. In the UK, this type of degree is seen as a sign of authority in a subject.

Different types of master’s degrees include:

  • MSc (Master of science)
  • MA (Master of art)
  • MEd (Master of education)
  • LLM (Master of law)
  • MBA (Master of business administration)
  • MRes (Master of research)

These courses will almost always take a year to complete, but it can sometimes be longer. It’s always worth checking course length before applying.

Criteria

When you apply for a master’s, you’re expected to have a handful of different qualifications or abilities to be accepted on a course. Some of the most pressing include things like:

A relevant undergraduate degree. To get onto the program of your choice, you’ll need to have a relevant undergraduate degree in the same area. Usually, you’ll be asked to have a grade of 2:1 or higher.

Language proficiency. You’ll probably be given a language test if you don’t speak English as your native tongue. This is to ensure you’ll understand everything on the course.

Professional experience. This won’t always be the case, but could come into play if you’re applying for a master’s in a specific field (for example, anything in social care).

Entrance exams. Yes, some master’s will even expect you to carry out a full exam before you can be accepted. This is usually only true of MBAs.

Make sure to find out what’s required of you before you apply for one of these degrees.

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PhD

Often referred to as a doctorate, a PhD is a very advanced qualification for anyone looking to cement themselves as a leading name (and even authority figure) on a chosen subject.

Anyone studying this type of degree will be expected to:

  • Study for at least three years (sometimes four)
  • Write a thesis on a self-researched and completely original subject
  • Work completely independently, but under the supervision of an academic

In some cases, you could also be asked to carry out an existing project on behalf of the university you’re studying with. These are called “studentships”.

Criteria

Much like with a master’s, you’ll need to have completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible for this course. There’s also a good chance you’ll have to have an MA in the subject you’re applying for a PhD in.

And, again, you’ll need to have proficiency in the language the course is being taught in. There’ll probably be set language requirements, which range between IELT 6.0 and 7.0.

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Top universities in the UK

As is the case in any county, some universities have higher entry requirements than others. This is largely determined by the success rate of those institutions, as well as the reputation of their name.

Every year a league table is released, highlighting a comprehensive ranking of the best places to study in the UK. The table takes all of the following into account:

  • Entry standards
  • Student satisfaction
  • Research quality
  • Graduate prospects
The 2020 list was released at the beginning of the year, with the top 20 unis including:
Rank University Name Entry
standards
Student
satisfaction
Research
quality
Graduate
prospects
Overall
score
1st Cambridge 224 4.09 3.33 86.7 100
2nd Oxford 215 4.10 3.34 83.4 989
3rd St Andrews 207 4.26 3.13 79.7 944
4th London School of Economics 189 3.67 3.35 86.1 934
5th Imperial College London 205 4.02 3.36 90.4 933
6th Durham 194 4.01 3.14 84.8 915
7th Lancaster 156 4.14 3.15 89.2 914
8th Loughborough 157 4.18 2.95 86.8 905
9th Bath 183 4.05 3.17 87.4 882
10th University College London 187 3.87 3.22 83.8 880
11th Exeter 171 4.08 3.08 85.5 868
12th Warwick 171 4.05 3.22 83.2 868
13th Birmingham 163 4.01 3.07 85.3 841
14th Leeds 164 4.09 3.13 81.2 838
15th Manchester 168 3.98 3.16 80.4 827
16th Edinburgh 189 3.84 3.18 77.3 826
17th Bristol 177 3.95 3.18 80.5 826
18th Glasgow 196 4.06 3.10 85.4 823
19th Nottingham 162 4.02 3.09 86.0 814
20th Southampton 161 4.03 3.15 82.1 804

Scholarship opportunities

If you’re worried about affording the cost of a UK university spot, you could look to exploit scholarship opportunities. These allow you to effectively earn your degree for free – although you may still have to pay for accommodation.

These will vary between initiatives set up by the government, to those offered from individual universities. Some of the best scholarship opportunities currently available for foreign students in the UK include:

Commonwealth masters scholarships

This is one of two government-funded scholarships offered to students. It’s been set up for anyone who’s from a commonwealth country, looking to study a master’s in the UK.

The DFID (Department for International Development) offers financial support for a number of things, including tuition and exam fees, airfare cover and a personal maintenance allowance.

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Chevening scholarships

The second of the government-backed scholarships sees a similar level of funding, assuming you meet the Chevening eligibility criteria. Arguably the hardest of these is to have already received an unconditional offer from one of the unis you’ve applied to (with a requirement of applying to at least three).

Specific uni scholarships

Aside from the opportunities the government provides, there are also a series of university-specific scholarships which fund the studying of certain degrees. Just some of the most prominent in the UK are:

  • Gates Cambridge scholarship
  • Oxford’s Rhodes scholarship
  • Edinburgh Global Research scholarship
  • Bristol University International office scholarships
  • University of Westminster International scholarships

The key is making sure to research the universities you’re looking to apply to, in order to see if there are any scholarship chances.

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How to apply

We’ve already taken a scattered look at a lot of what you’ll need to do to apply to a university in the UK. Let’s now run through the whole process from start to finish, in full.

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Meet requirements

That doesn’t mean the entry requirements for your uni of choice. You’ll first have to make sure you pass the requirements needed to be admitted to the country.

We’ve already discussed what some of that means. For example, ensuring you have an IELTS qualification. But it may also mean finding proof of your ability to afford living in the UK, or even getting a medical test.

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Find a course

Ideally you’ll already have an idea of the kind of degree you want to do. From there, it’s a case of narrowing down your options to a handful of select unis. If you’re struggling to do that,you can use online tools which help make your search easier.

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Personal statement

Think of this as your pitch to your universities of choice. You’ll be restricted to 4,000 characters (not words), so everything you say has to count. No waffle.

Mention what you love about the course, and explain why you feel it would be the perfect option for you. Don’t exaggerate, but also don’t be afraid to praise the course as much as you can.

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Apply through UCAS

As we’ve discussed, this is where any UK uni applications are made. You can enter the course codes for your chosen subjects at this point, and then apply individually to each which interests you. You’ll be charged £13 if you’re applying to one course, or £24 if applying to multiple.

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Apply for a visa

It’s at this point you can begin applying in earnest for your visa. You’ll need to follow the steps we outlined above, such as paying for your healthcare in the UK and providing proof that you’re allowed to move.

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Visa interview

Your visa interview could take place at either an application centre, or over a video chat. Make sure to have any legal documents ready, including proof of your identity, financial situation and application.

After you’ve applied (for both your Tier 4 Visa and your universities of choice), it’s a case of waiting to see if you’re accepted. Once you know where you’re headed, you can begin preparing for your new life in the UK. But what does that involve?

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Moving to the UK to
start university

Moving to any country can be scary, regardless of how old you are. If you’re in the process of moving abroad to study, make sure to take accommodation, uni night-life and the move itself into account.

Types of student accomodation

International students looking for accommodation in the UK have a variety of options to choose between. What you opt for is dependent on your financial needs, as much as what you’d prefer in a living arrangement.

University halls

This is the simplest (and therefore most popular) option for new starters. First year students in particular often choose this option, as it makes it easier to find housing in a city they’re unfamiliar with. It’s also a way of ensuring you meet new people, keeping you up-to-date with any social gatherings.

This is probably the best choice for any younger students, but might not be as appealing to mature travellers who are looking for privacy and quiet.

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Private halls

If you’re looking to meet new people but aren’t a fan of the idea of living in basic, uni-built halls, there’s always the option of finding the perfect in-between.

Private uni-owned halls are relatively new. They’re flats and apartments bought by universities, which are then rented out to students. The perk here is that everyone signs an individual tenancy agreement. That means you’re only responsible for yourself, and don’t need to find a replacement if someone leaves.

Private renting

You might prefer finding housing which keeps you away from some of the more rambunctious behaviour we’ve all come to expect of uni students.

The best way to do this is by finding a privately rented apartment. Naturally, this will mean doing a lot of work prior to moving in. You’ll need to have everything arranged prior to your start of term.

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How to have a stress-free move

It’s hard to imagine anything more stress-inducing than picking up your current life and moving it to a totally new country. Yet despite that, thousands of students do it every year.

But how? Here are a few simple tips for anyone looking to migrate elsewhere for their education.

Categorise items

Break down what you’re intending to take into essential and non-essential items. Sure, you might want to bring your full record collection with you, but do you actually need it?

Work out what you’re going to need with you in the UK, then find somewhere safe to leave the rest behind. That could be in your existing property (if you don’t intend to move for good) or in a storage unit.

Legal documents

Make sure you have all your legal documents in order and with you. That means things like:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage license
  • Insurance policies
  • Any utility bills

Any legal information which identifies you as who you say you are can come in handy. It’s also important to have this stuff on you, in case of an emergency.

Pack in advance

The worst mistake you could make is leaving all your packing until the last minute. Make sure you begin a slow, but gradual process of moving things into boxes well in advance of your date of travel.

That means even a month or two prior if necessary. Give yourself as much time as possible. Start with the things you want to take, but won’t immediately need.

Use an international shipper

You may be wondering exactly how you’re going to transport a series of moving boxes from one country (or even continent) to another.

Luckily, there are fantastic overseas shipping services (such as our very own) which make it possible for you to pack up and move your entire life to another country – even if it is just for a short period.

All the legwork is taken care of for you. Movers will come directly to your door to help shift your items. Often, the materials needed to pack your items will even be sent to you, free of charge.

Advice for surviving freshers week

If you’re new to UK culture, you’ll soon discover social drinking is a huge part of it. That’s especially true if you’re surrounded by younger students during “freshers week”.

This is the name given to the seven days prior to your courses officially starting. Technically, it falls before the beginning of the academic year.

Students use this week to either get to know their new roommates, or to reacquaint with old friends. But not everyone is up for a seven-day party. Here’s how to get through this loud, expensive and exhausting week.

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Make the most of deals

All throughout the week you can expect clubs, bars and even the student union to be running a series of promotions. These will help you save on funds, so be sure to stock up on as many coupons and codes as you can.

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Eat properly

That also means taking on loads of (non-alcoholic) fluids. It’s going to be a busy period for your body (especially your liver), so do your best to support it with a fully lined stomach. If you don’t find yourself with much time, try to stock up on fruit, veg and healthy carbohydrates like brown rice.

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Don’t skip initial lectures and seminars

While these won’t be “vital” to passing your course, they will be fantastic opportunities to meet new course mates and professors. It’ll also be handy to know what you can actually expect to study on your course.

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Drink responsibly

This is probably the most important snippet of advice. While binge drinking is something of the norm at UK universities, make sure you limit yourself. Have fun, but don’t try to keep up with other people if you feel they’re overdoing it.

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Challenges, Guidance, and Support
for International Students during COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, there was widespread uncertainty about what it meant for the education sector. While everyone was affected, international students were particularly worried about what the virus meant for their studies.

Let’s take a look at what the instant response was from the Government, as well as the impacts it’s had for students from abroad.

COVID-19: The Education Sector’s Response

Just like most institutions in the UK, the education sector was quick to respond with new guidelines and plans when coronavirus began to spread. Here are some of the key reactions which made the first few days of the pandemic easier for all students to deal with.

Safety, wellbeing and health

Safety

Universities were some of the first institutes to close their doors during lockdown. Social distancing measures were introduced immediately for all on campus, while lessons were transferred into an online environment.

There have also recently been proactive steps for coming out of lockdown safely. These include a detailed list of 9 key principles which must be adhered to when quarantine ends.

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Wellbeing

The beginning of lockdown was an uncertain time for everyone. This uncertainty took a large toll on the mental health of a lot of people. In fact, reports found as many as 83% of young people’s mental wellbeing suffered as a result of the outbreak.

A number of organisations responded by providing help to those students who felt affected by the impact of the virus. Student Minds are a great example of this, offering specific COVID-19-related advice.

Health

It’s easy to forget, given the huge economic and social changes, that it’s your physical health which is arguably at the greatest risk during the pandemic.

This was addressed both by the immediate response on campuses, as well as in the nine new principles. They focus on changing the layout of a campus in accordance with public health factors, reviewing cleaning and hygiene protocols and easing restrictions in a measured and safe manner.

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Admission requirements

With exams unable to be completed, a new approach was adopted for entry requirements – both for domestic students, and those doing the International Baccalaureate (IB).

AS and A-Levels

Ofqual have been put in charge of assessing the grades of these and GCSE results in the UK. Headteachers will send predicted grades to them, which will then be standardised to ensure fairness across the nation.

IB

Coursework will play a huge factor in the final assessment of the IB grades. The assessment expertise, rigour and quality control (which are built into the programme) will all also factor into the final score.

Vocational and technical

A calculated result will be given to all learners who were due to take a Functional Skills assessment this year. There will be no one-size-fits-all approach to this. Each vocation is different, with factors such as the teacher, trainer or tutor judgment the primary means of giving a grade.

Naturally, when it comes to international students (who aren’t doing IB), you’ll need to find out how your country is grading exams.

Supporting the British people

In this time of need, the educational sector turned their attention towards helping the national fight against coronavirus. They shifted focus on battling the disease.

Equipment

PPE has been in high demand since the outbreak of the disease. The same applies for basic medical supplies like swabs and hand sanitiser. Universities have been helping to not only fund the construction of these, but also create them themselves.

Accommodation

Blocks of accommodation have been freely handed out to NHS workers who have non-intensive healthcare needs. They’ve also opened their doors to rough sleepers, as well as international students who initially could not travel home.

Testing

With fantastic testing facilities available to them, universities have done what they can to help speed along the process of developing a vaccine. On April 2, the government announced a new national testing strategy, which relied heavily on the facilities and expertise of universities in the UK.

Workforce

Universities have a plethora of medical professionals on their books. Those who can have been asked to step in and help in whatever way they can. Clinicians and general volunteers who work at universities have lended support.

Ultimately, the response from the education sector was fast and effective. They’ve played a huge part in the fight against COVID-19, while also providing clear guidelines for everyone involved.

What international students can expect for studying in the UK during and after Covid-19

As we’ve discussed, international students have been one of the most affected groups in the education sector. Let’s discover what advice has been handed out to current and future students, as well as looking at what the upcoming academic year might look like.

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Visa Extensions

There are currently visa extensions to anyone who’s Tier 4 student visa expired on January 24. All visas from this point through until at least July 31st will be automatically extended.

The government will assess whether this needs to be extended a further month (or longer) in the coming days. Their ultimate aim is to ensure nobody is unfairly trapped in the UK without legal permission to be here.

If you have already applied to extend your visa (either to the original May 31st or current July 31st deadlines), you don’t need to apply again. Your visa will be automatically renewed if there are further extensions.

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Learning opportunities

The landscape of the education system will be slightly different when universities go back to normal. A hybrid system is likely to be adopted. This would see a blend of in-person and digital learning sessions implemented throughout the year.

Naturally, this will be beneficial to international students if they are awarded a place at UK universities, but are unable (or choose not) to travel overseas.

Universities are exploring the best ways to allow the semester to carry on as normal. Currently, some of their best ideas include:

  • Exploring these blended learning opportunities
  • Allowing people to start in January for key subjects
  • Extending the way Pre-sessional English can be accessed by foreign speakers

While some see the re-introduction of face-to-face learning as a potential threat, a recent poll found as many as 97% of unis want to try and provide in-person learning opportunities when term commences in autumn.

The findings would go on to highlight the current mindset of higher learning establishments across the UK:

  • 87% want to bring back in-person social events in some capacity
  • Student support will be fully reintroduced (online and in-person) by 95% of unis
  • 90% of unis have already informed students of their current plans for the next educational year
  • 82% are working with bars, cafes and other communities in their local areas to help implement their plans

With the future beginning to look a little clearer for international students, it’s time to start considering your choices. Remember, you have until September 20th at the latest to have a chance of getting into a UK university.

COVID-19: FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions for current and prospective international students looking to earn an education in the UK. A lot is still up in the air, but some queries do at least have a resolution at this point.

Can I finish the course I am studying?

If you’re entering into your final year of university, there’s a chance your course will be completed via Ofqual assessment. While some unis are attempting to carry out remote testing, others have used the grades already available to them through coursework to find a grade.

What happens if I cannot finish a course I am studying?

If you’re unable to finish the course you’re on because you had to leave the country, you’ll be able to extend your Tier 4 academic visa. You should be allowed to come back and finish your degree the following year, or will be awarded a fairly assessed grade based on the aforementioned determining factors.

What happens if my immigration permission has expired?

If your visa expired between January 24 and July 31 of 2020, you were able to apply for a specialist extension visa until the point at which you were able to freely travel home. From this point on you’ll need to reapply to extend your current visa if you intend to return to the UK. This should be fairly quick, as your details will all already be registered.

If you have not left the UK, your visa may be automatically extended beyond the 31st July. This will depend on future updates detailed by the British Government in the coming weeks.

Can I still make an immigration application?

The ability to apply for immigration application is slowly starting to become available again to foreign students. Centres have been opening up since early June. It is unclear as of right now when new applications will be processed.

Do I have to self-isolate when I arrive?

You most likely will have to isolate for a period of two weeks, unless your country is one of the names included by the UK government on their list of air bridges. These regulations are in constant flux, so be sure to check the rules right before you travel.

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Seven Seas Worldwide

Seven Seas Worldwide

Seven Seas Worldwide are world leaders in both nationwide and global moves, helping thousands of customers each year move or store their personal belongings, excess baggage and household items.