Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Canadian Students
- Last update: 22nd June 2023.
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 or 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 2023)
There are not currently any Covid-19 restrictions in place for entering the UK. Some places of business may request that you still wear masks but these are no longer a legal requirement in the UK.
There are still some measures in place at UK universities to keep everyone safe. Hand sanitizers are available across many UK campuses, and some universities may recommend face coverings in certain 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.
- 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 2023 Entry
Certain Health Science programs may encourage students to be fully vaccinated prior to returning 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 calls with our team who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call us.
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 expecting campuses to be fully open, as they were for the previous academic year. 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 2023 intake.
There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalizing revised scholarship plans for 2023 entry.