Students on Erasmus+ exchanges
Travel to and from regions affected by COVID-19 may have to be postponed or cancelled, and participants should speak to their provider in case alternative arrangements are necessary. Where this travel is funded through the Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps programmes, the Force Majeure clause in your contract may apply. See the National Agency’s website for more information.
Leaving the UK to study remotely from overseas
If you came to the UK to study but would now like to return home to study remotely from overseas, the UK government have confirmed that this will be regarded as ‘essential travel’ and you can travel to your UK departure destination. Please ensure that you follow the UK government guidelines relating to COVID-19. You should also check what restrictions are in place in the country you will travel to.
Before you make arrangements to leave the UK please ensure that you have done the following:
- completed your registration by attending an in-person right to study check and;
- change your study location to remote by completing the Student Study Form on your MyEssex portal. If you have in person teaching scheduled, check with your department if you can study remotely instead.
- check when your in-person teaching is due to start next term and make plans to be back in time to attend, don’t forget you may have to quarantine when you get back.
For students with a Tier 4 or Student visa you should also:
- collect your BRP (if you originally applied for entry clearance overseas and haven’t already done so) and;
- if your Entry Clearance or UKVI decision letter states “Police Registration” you must register with the Police unless your local Police Force has suspended Police Registration.
- if you haven’t completed your right to study check and/or have been unable to collect your BRP, please contact our International Services team.
Please be aware that we are required to monitor the academic engagement of all our sponsored students (immigration) even when you are studying remotely, if you fail to engage for 30 days we may be required to withdraw our sponsorship and you may not be able to continue your course. Read our immigration pages for more information about studying remotely overseas in 2020-21.
For students from the EEA/Switzerland, we recommend you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before you leave, if you are eligible and haven’t already done so. Read the UKCISA guidance and contact their student advice line if you have any questions about your application.
When you travel back to the UK, please be aware that you may be required to self-isolate (quarantine) when you arrive so you may need to arrive in the UK at least 15 days before you are required to attend. We recommend you review the latest guidance on entering the UK before travelling. If you have in-person teaching, don’t forget to change your study location back to on-campus via the Student Study Form on your MyEssex portal.
COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination for Autumn 2021
Some treatments provided by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is free for everyone. This includes coronavirus tests and treatment, as well as vaccinations against coronavirus. The NHS has detailed information about coronavirus on its website.
The UK currently has a vaccination programme in place that is on schedule to have over 18 year olds vaccinated by the end of July 2021. It is therefore anticipated that when international students arrive in the UK to continue their studies in Autumn 2021, they should be able to receive a free coronavirus vaccination. Information will be provided to students as part of their registration process.