The coronavirus pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and we know you may be worried about your plans to study in Wales. Let us help you find the information you need.

OUR UNIVERSITIES ARE OPEN, TAKING APPLICATIONS AND ARE VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU.

Universities in Wales are well advanced in their planning to welcome students this autumn, and new and returning students can be confident that they can benefit from a high-quality, full and exciting university experience.

As the situation with Covid-19 continues to evolve, universities are continuing to develop detailed plans for the new academic year and will be continuing to update both new and returning students over the coming weeks. The vast majority of students can expect significant in-person teaching and a wide range of social activities and support services.

Welsh universities are committed to providing an engaging academic and social experience for all while ensuring the safety and welfare of the whole university community.

If you already have an idea of where you’d like to study, the best place to start is the universities own website. Find out more about our universities

UCAS applications

If you're wondering about your university application the best place to go is to the UCAS site, which has a page dedicated to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out more at UCAS.com  

IELTS language tests

IELTS testing has been suspended in some countries due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Their website has a dedicated coronavirus page which is constantly updated with the most accurate information.

Find out more at ielts.org 

Scholarships 

We are updating this list with information about different scholarships as it becomes available to us. If your scholarship is not listed below, the best place to check is always with the institution that you are applying for

British Chevening Scholarships

If you've applied for, or are thinking of applying for, a British Chevening Scholarships, they have a series of pages dedicated to their scholarships, which is being updated as the situation progresses.

Find out more at chevening.org

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright Commission provide regular updates to inform about this UK / US scholarship programme

Find out more at Fulbright.org

Travel and visas

As UK Government advice is regularly updated, we strongly recommend that you check the dedicated UK Government website for updates on travel. As well as this, we would also suggest checking your own country’s guidance with regards to travel restrictions.

For the latest advice on securing your study visa, we recommend checking out the UK Government's dedicated website, which will have the most up to date information. 

Find out more at gov.uk

Self-isolation for new arrivals to the UK

On 8 June 2020, the UK government implemented a policy of self-isolation for anyone arriving in the UK. The aim is to help manage the risks to public health from Coronavirus, and at the time of writing the policy may require new arrivals to the UK to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the date of arrival.

This policy is backed by legislation, and while enforcement actions are devolved responsibilities, the general principles are that:

  • It applies to all arrivals to the UK from countries that are not on the exempt lists[1] – regardless of nationality (including British citizens)
  • All arrivals, regardless of nationality or the country of origin, must complete a Passenger Locator Form PLF) before travelling to the UK, listing the address of the nominated place of self-isolation
  • Individuals must bring a copy of the PLF with them (either printed or electronic), and they should travel directly to their isolation accommodation
  • If it is necessary to use public transport to transfer to the nominated accommodation, precautions such as face coverings and social distancing must be followed
  • Any required to self-isolate should not leave their identified accommodation for any reason until the self-isolation period (currently 14 days) is complete
  • Compliance with the self-isolation is a personal responsibility – and failure to comply with the requirements is an offence that can be punished with a fine, payable by the individual

Given the changing nature of requirements and the different approaches taken across the UK, institutions are advised to refer to the relevant government advice for the most up-to-date account of the requirements:

 

If you have other questions that we've not been able to help you with here, there are a few other great resources that might be worth checking out that include help and advice for prospective international students:

Universities UK International FAQs – please see tab for future international students

UKCISA: info for international students

Study UK: British Council

 

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