UK has resumed in-person teaching on all courses from 17th May, 2021
The United Kingdom has been the first country to welcome international students from September 2020, following all the necessary measures. The UK has also extended their post-study work visas to two years which is also a great news for international students to continue their stay and start their careers abroad. Indian students who joined the university in Sep2020 have until 21st June, 2021 to arrive in the UK to access the new Graduate Route Visa. For students who commenced study in January 2021, they have time until 27thSeptember, 2021 to reach UK and access the Graduate Route Visa. However, the universities are working with sector bodies such as Universities UK and other international student bodies to make recommendations of extensions for the 21s tJune date.
From 17th May onwards, Phase Three of the government's roadmap will be implemented which includes the return of all university students in England for face-to-face teaching, Boris Johnson has confirmed. Along with this, the university students also received a boost with the launch of a new employment and skills guide.
This Graduate Employment and Skills Guide brings together a wide range of tools, advice, and resources into a 5-step plan which will help pandemic hit graduates consider their post-university choices. It will also help them identify and develop some critical skills, gain professional experience, and further their career while maintaining good mental wellbeing.
The vice-chancellors of various UK universities have said that institutions are planning activities and extended opening of facilities, which will benefit students.
Also, the Department for Education said that upon arrival, “all students and staff will be encouraged to take three supervised lateral flow device tests three to four days apart at an on-campus asymptomatic-testing site, and will be expected to be tested two times a week throughout the rest of the summer term”.
To help students who need any financial help, the UK Government has made available an additional £85m in hardship funding. Both international and postgraduate students will be eligible for this funding along with domestic undergraduates.