Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Arabic Students
- Last update: 2nd June, 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 are 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 Leading Way in Vaccine Rollout
The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in the UK is far ahead of the rest of Europe and amongst the best in the world. The UK is expected to be one of the first countries in the world to be fully vaccinated, likely by summer 2021, meaning September 2021 entry will be safe for students and staff.
- International Student Vaccine Priority in the UK
International and EU students in the UK will be able to access the various vaccinations available as they are rolled out across the country, meaning they may receive the vaccine quicker in the UK than their home country and will be protected when returning home.
- 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.
- Face-to-face Teaching
Face-to-face teaching has now resumed in the UK. University campus’ and residences are also currently open as normal as the UK continues to move out of its final lockdown.
- September 2021 Entry
The UK government published its Covid-19 roadmap in February 2021 and, ahead of the next main student intake in September 2021, UK universities are processing international UCAS applications as normal and traditional study and learning is expected to return.
- 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 2021/22 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 2021 intake.
There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalising revised scholarship plans for 2021 entry.