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What is the current situation in the UK?


The UK is currently in a period of tighter national restrictions. England and Scotland implemented national lockdowns in early January, and there are also restrictions in place across Wales and Northern Ireland. Most UK universities will begin teaching online from the start of the spring term, and students are advised not to return to campus (with some exceptions for certain courses which cannot take place online).


Any international students travelling from overseas for the spring term should carefully consider when to travel, particularly if your course does not require you to be on campus until later in the term. Stay in touch with your university for advice on what the latest guidance means for your studies.

There will be continued support available to international students who are already in the UK, as well as any students who are due to arrive in the UK in the coming months.

Universities are prepared to deliver high-quality teaching as the spring term begins, whether through online learning, face-to-face or a blend of teaching methods.

Remember to check advice on entering the UK, and the travel advice in your own country, as you make your travel plans.

View the relevant guidance for the spring term 2021 below:



Getting a Covid-19 test before travelling to England


Please note that passengers arriving into England will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. View the announcement on GOV.UK.


The Graduate Route – concessions


Will the Graduate Route be affected by students studying online?


The new Graduate Route will enable you to work, or look for work in the UK, at any skill level for two years (this rises to three years for PhD graduates) after graduation.

If you’re beginning your studies in the 2020-21 academic year, you will be able to benefit from this new Route, even if you begin your degree online in your home country due to Covid-19.

If you are due to complete your course in summer 2021 but have been unable to travel to the UK just yet, you will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route when it launches, as long as you arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies in the UK.

If you are starting a one-year master’s course in January 2021, you will need to arrive in the UK by 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies in the UK in order to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route.

This is part of the UK government’s concessions to students who have, or will be, applying for student visas in light of Covid-19. View the updated guidance on GOV.UK here.


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