Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Canadian Students
- Last update: 27th July 2022.
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 well-being 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 July 2022)
There are not currently any Covid-19 restrictions in place for entering the UK. Some airlines and places of business may request that you still wear masks but these are no longer a legal requirement in the UK.
There are still measures in place at UK universities to keep everyone safe. Hand sanitizers are available across UK campuses, and some universities recommend face coverings in indoor teaching settings.
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.
- Healthcare in the UK
International students enrolled at a UK university will have access to the UK's National Health Service (NHS). During the Student Visa application students will enroll in the NHS with the Immigration Health Surcharge, a £470 per year fee that gives students access to NHS services without further charge (subject to a few exceptions, such as prescription charges in England).
The use of the UK's NHS means that international students that require medical care as a result of Covid-19 will receive healthcare services and in many cases will be able to visit on-campus medical facilities.
- Face-to-face Teaching
The UK government has removed all Covid-19 restrictions, meaning universities can teach all classes in person. University campuses and residences in the United Kingdom are also open as normal. This will likely be reviewed on a regular basis.
- September 2022 Entry
Ahead of the next main student intake in September 2022, UK universities are processing international UCAS applications as normal and traditional study will return.
For any Health Science programs universities are encouraging students to be fully vaccinated prior to return in September.
- 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.