Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Canadian Students
- Last update: 29th November 2021.
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 is 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 via phone or arrange a free online consultation with SI-UK today.
Study UK and Coronavirus Updates
- UK Current Travel Requirements and Restrictions (As of November 2021)
The UK is currently dealing with the new Omicron Covid-19 variant and as a result, has updated some of its travel requirements and restrictions. Canada and the US are currently 'non-red list countries' and so restrictions are not as severe as some other countries.
Students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to take a PCR Covid-19 test prior to flying over as long as they can prove their vaccination status with an official vaccine certificate. Upon arrival in the UK, you are mandated to take a 'Day 2 PCR Covid-19 test'. This test must be taken and submitted for analysis by the second day of your UK stay. You must isolate in your UK accommodation until a negative test result has been received.
You can expect mask mandates to be in effect over the winter holiday season across the UK. England has announced that penalties will be awarded to those seen on public transport and in retail stores who are not following this mask mandate.
Regulations, requirements and restrictions are changing all the time so be sure to check the UK government website for the most up-to-date changes to the UK pandemic policy.
- UK Universities to Cover Quarantine Costs
For international students who need to complete a period of quarantine in managed hotel accommodation, a number of UK universities have announced they will reimburse the 10-day hotel quarantine and testing fees, up to the total value of £1,750. Speak to an SI-UK consultant to learn more.
- Traffic Light System for International Travel
The UK government has announced details of new Covid travel rules that allow safe travel from several countries to the UK.
Travellers from countries rated green will not need to isolate on arrival to the UK; they will simply need to take a Covid test before and after their trip. Arrivals from amber countries will need to quarantine on arrival to the UK, while the strictest rules apply to the red-list countries. This system may change at a moment's notice, please review the UK government website for potential updates to this system.
- Face-to-face Teaching
Face-to-face teaching has now resumed in the UK. University campuses and residences are also currently open as normal as the UK continues to move out of its final lockdown. This will likely be reviewed on a regular basis.
- September 2022 Entry
- 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 us.
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 2022/23 academic year. It is expected campuses will be fully open, but some elements of hybrid learning may continue to take place. Please speak to an SI-UK consultant for university-specific measures.
UK universities and SI-UK are accepting applications as normal in preparation for the September 2022 intake.
There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalizing revised scholarship plans for 2022 entry.