If you’re an international student looking to study in the UK, you can still apply to begin your studies in 2020. Most universities and colleges have information on their websites to let you know what you need to do. Here we’ve summarised the key information about changes English language tests and international qualifications during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Relevant to

Update 19 June:

The UK Government has recently announced temporary changes to the Tier 4 visa process to make it easier for international students affected by COVID-19 to obtain a visa for study in 2020/21. This announcement also confirms that international students starting their courses online in 2020 will be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route which will be introduced in 2021, as long as they enter the UK before 6 April 2021 to transition to on-campus study.


Due to coronavirus you may find that English language test centres are temporarily closed, although some are offering online tests: 

Assessment arrangements and availability of results for international qualifications may also be impacted. UK NARIC has useful information about school closures and exam arrangements around the world. Below are links to the larger international awarding bodies – if you’re awarding organisation isn’t listed, contact them directly to find out about the changes they’re putting in place.


Other qualifications 

If you are taking other qualifications, you might have questions about how these will be assessed and how grades will be awarded. The table below will give you an indication of the latest updates from the awarding organisations. If yours isn't listed, or you need more information, we recommend you contact the awarding organisation directly and they will be able to give you the most up-to-date advice.

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to complete their assessments. If you do not feel your calculated grades reflect your expected performance, you will have the opportunity to appeal or you may choose to sit your assessments at the earliest reasonable opportunity. If you do this, you should be aware that taking your assessments later may impact you progressing to university in September as planned. 

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