JMSU is aware that international students are understandably concerned about the coronavirus and the potential impact on their academic and personal lives in the UK. JMSU and LJMU are currently following the latest advice for the UK from the Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
As the situation develops, we will continue to update our webpages so keep checking our website and social media pages for the latest advice and guidance.
LJMU has also released some important guidance for International Students (available here).
General advice and useful guidance
We understand these are difficult times, and we are aware that news and information may change over night. However, we encourage students to keep track of the latest information on the following websites:
Travel to the UK and life at Uni
- The UK is currently in a national lockdown. This means that most classes at LJMU are conducted online. We understand that this may disrupt plans.
- If you are planning to enter the UK, please ensure that relevant immigration offices in your country are open and able to process your visa and immigration documents. Possible delays may prevent you from entering the country. If this situation arises and you are unable to engage with online learning, please inform your education provider immediately.
- You can continue to be sponsored by your education provider throughout the 2020/2021 academic, even if your course requires ‘blended learning’ (a mix of online and face to face teaching) as long as the intention is to move to face to face when it will be allowed. Sponsorship has already begun for academic year 2021/2022.
- You are responsible for continuous engagement with online learning. The provider will have to let you know how they measure engagement and interaction. If a student – overseas or in the UK- does not engage with online learning for over 30 days, the sponsor must withdraw their sponsorship.
- Students with work rights (for example through NHS) will not be restricted to 20 hours work per week during term time and may work without limit on the number of hours permitted.
- If, for different reasons you are required to put your studies in pause, or you cannot access online learning, please let your tutor know immediately.
- The Graduate route provides two years of leave following Tier 4 study. It would allow permit employment and self-employment and facilitate the move into other work routes that potentially lead to settlement (UKCISA, 2020). The Graduate route is still to be launched summer 2021. More info to follow on gov.uk.
- Students on a Graduate route are expected to undertake their studies in the UK. Exceptions granted due to Covid-19.
- Students who are completing their course in summer 2021, including those who commenced a one-year MA programme in September 2020, granted that they enter the UK on or before 6 April 2021 and complete their final semester of studies in the UK.
- If students begin their one-year Master in January 2021, they will be eligible if they enter the UK before 27thSeptember 2021 and complete their final semester of studies in the UK.
Financial hardship and tuition fees refund
- We understand that these times are not easy. If you find yourself in financial difficulties, please read this document on unexpected financial hardship and what services to contact should you need to access wellbeing funding.
- Hundreds of thousands of students have signed petitions on reducing university fees. The MPs have debatedthe matter in July and on the 16th November.
- The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education provides additional guidance for students who are not satisfied with their fees. Their FAQ may help you in case you want to file a complaint. They have also conducted a case study.
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