Updated 13 January: England is currently in a national lockdown. With all study now online, international students travelling to Kent from overseas are advised to seriously consider delaying travel arrangements if this can be done without any undue costs. If this cannot be arranged or your course specifically requires you to be on campus, you will need to be aware of enhanced restrictions introduced by the UK Government due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Depending where you are travelling from, this may include a 10-day period of self-isolation upon arrival. If this is the case, you will need to inform the accommodation office via email@example.com.
All students, even if you have had to self-isolate, will need to book two asymptomatic Covid-19 tests before using campus facilities. The first of these tests should be as soon as possible after you arrive on campus or after self-isolation.
Updated 15 December: The Home Office have advised there will be a concession in the 2020/21 academic year that students with Tier 4/Student visas will be permitted to start or continue their studies through distance or blended learning providing they transition to in-person learning as soon as possible. This applies whether studying in the UK or at home. Additional information is available on the UK Government’s Immigration and Borders webpage or by emailing CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk.
Students who haven’t yet applied for a visa but intend to start a course that will wholly be studied overseas by distance learning will not need sponsorship under the Student Route (currently only applicable to the International Foundation Programme).
Attendance monitoring will continue so students with Tier 4/Student visas must engage in all timetabled events and expected engagement points (online lectures, online learning portals, submission of coursework etc.). Failure to do so may impact sponsorship.
Updated 15 December: The UK Government has published updated information concerning the Student immigration route. The new Graduate immigration route will be launched in Summer 2021.
For students who have begun their study programme for 2020-21 by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, they must arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021 to complete their final semester of studies to be eligible.
The Graduate Immigration Route will enable students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master’s degree to remain in the UK for two years after study (three years if they have completed a PhD).
Teaching and learning is available online including the on-campus teaching (where possible).
Lectures will be available in advanced of the timetabled event so you can view at a time that suits you.
Some modules, or parts of modules, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.
Student Support and Wellbeing continue to offer online appointments and support.
Updated 18 November: For queries about your immigration status under the Tier 4/Student Route (sponsorship, change of location, visa expiry/extension), please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 15 December: Our National Health Service (NHS) provides a range of services for both UK and international students and these are available for you to use you need them.
You do not have to pay to be tested for Covid-19 through the NHS. You also do not have to pay for any Covid-19 treatment you receive if your result is positive.
The NHS provides specific Covid-19 advice through the NHS online service and by calling 111.
The University provides a range of welfare services including counselling, mental health and wellbeing support. The College Life Team is your first port of call; they can provide lots of information about the support and advice you can access at Kent.