If you’re an international student looking to study in the UK, you can still apply to begin your studies in 2021. 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.

Are you applying to university in the UK from overseas for 2021 entry?

We'll add updates and links to important information for your application here. 

As the situation regarding visas may continue to evolve in the coming months, the following links will provide helpful information that is being updated regularly to reflect latest developments:

UKCISA - international student advice and guidance: Coronavirus (Covid-19) info for international students 

Universities UK International: Covid-19 updates and FAQs (universitiesuk.ac.uk)

UK government guidance for those affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to coronavirus: Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration and borders (www.gov.uk) 


Due to coronavirus you may find that English language test centres are temporarily closed. However, English language test centres have reopened in many locations, where it is safe to do so, and in line with local regulations and guidelines. Some continue to offer online testing as well.

Assessment arrangements and availability of results for international qualifications may also be impacted. UK ENIC 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.


Important updates

You can find the latest updates from UK government and public servces below: 

COVID-19 vaccination programme

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. The links below provide additional information on how international students in the UK can get a vaccine.


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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