Updated 27 November

We’re monitoring the situation closely and we’ll be updating this website regularly. Key updates will be sent by email to students and staff. These will be sent to your University email address – please make sure you check this regularly. Copies of emails will be published in the order of when they were sent out, on our student communications page.

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Learning and teaching

Illness

Visas and travel

Wellbeing and support

Accommodation information

Graduation

Covid-19 research looking for volunteers

I am an international student and I have questions about visas and travel

If you are a current student with a Tier 4 visa, please read the information on visas and travel, which may apply to your circumstances. 

You can find general visa and immigration information for current students on our For Students website visa pages.

If you are an applicant or offer holder, please visit the visas and immigration section of our Preparing for Leeds pages and our FAQs for applicants and offer holders. 

If you have questions about your visa that are not answered on these pages, please email internationalstudents@leeds.ac.uk. Please use your full name and Student ID in any correspondence with the University.   

You can also check UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKICSA) website for information for international students in the UK.  

Are all my lectures and teaching going be delivered online?

Please see our student advice page and read more about learning online

Is attendance monitored for online sessions?

You should make every effort to attend any live online sessions, and attendance will be monitored as usual for timetabled sessions. Your School will provide clear expectations for your engagement in online learning activities and will monitor your engagement for attendance monitoring purposes.

If you are unable to attend or engage online due to not having access to the Internet or a digital device off-campus, then please contact your school as soon as possible.

I don’t have access to the Internet and/or a computer at home, how will I access my learning?

We recognise that not all students have access to the internet and/or digital devices at home, and are taking steps to ensure that we can support you to access teaching in the event of campus being unavailable.

Please contact your school as soon as possible to let them know of any restrictions on your ability to access online learning off-campus.

Should I still apply for my 20-21 student loan now?

Yes, as this will ensure your student loan is assessed and in place when you return to your studies. Visit the Government website for more information

What happens if I get ill? Will I still be expected to attend online lectures from home?

You are not expected to attend online sessions or engage in online learning activities if you are unwell. Normal procedures for reporting sickness absence from teaching will continue to apply.

Can I continue on my placement past the end of term on 9 December?

If you are on a placement, you may be able to continue with it beyond the end of term on 9 December. Check the Government website for the list of which placements can continue.

What happens if my lecturer becomes ill and I’m unable to get in contact with them?

Your school will be in touch with alternative arrangements.

What will happen with my personal tutor sessions?

Personal tutor sessions may take place via Microsoft Teams. Your tutor will provide more information.

What is happening with module enrolment?

For module enrolment dates and guidance, please visit our module enrolment pages.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, module teaching, timetabling and assessment information is being kept under review. Further information can be found on our Module Enrolment and Covid-19 Arrangements statement.

Is the University planning to offer tuition fee refunds in the light of the coronavirus outbreak?

We recognise that, in common with those at other universities, our students are going through difficult times, with two recent periods of strike action now followed by the coronavirus pandemic. The entire country is currently facing unprecedented challenges and, in line with Government guidance, we have swiftly moved our teaching online to protect the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. We are ensuring our students are supported remotely, including through regular contact with personal tutors. We are confident that, despite the current problems, students at Leeds will continue to receive a high-quality education and we will not be offering tuition fee refunds.

What is happening about winter graduation ceremonies?

Current restrictions mean we are unable to hold graduation ceremonies on campus this winter. We know this will be a big disappointment to you, your families and friends. Instead students will graduate ‘in absentia’, meaning they will still be awarded their degree, but there will not be a graduation ceremony. Degree certificates will be posted to students towards the end of this year and through January 2021. We will arrange graduation celebrations as soon as it is safe to do so.

What is a graduation celebration?

We understand the importance of degree ceremonies and want to do all we can to try and recreate these and properly celebrate your success. Although you will have received your degree certificate by then, we intend to hold graduation celebrations that are as similar as possible in format to the degree ceremony you will have missed. These ceremonies will be in the Great Hall, gowns will be worn and students will be able to invite family and friends.

Graduation celebrations will be scheduled when we can be confident about setting new dates. We will give you at least two months’ notice of the new dates so that you can make travel and other arrangements in good time.

Who should I inform if I suspect I may be infected?

Visit gov.uk for the latest guidance from the government on who should self-isolate, and under what circumstances. See our information on symptoms, positive testing and self-isolation.

I’m an international student. Do I have to pay for treatment by the NHS?

The government has confirmed that anyone needing testing or treatment for COVID-19 will not be charged by the NHS, even if they no longer have a valid visa for the UK.

If you have paid the immigration health surcharge and your immigration permission has not expired, you continue to be entitled to free NHS treatment for other illnesses and conditions. If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you can use it to receive free NHS treatment, at least until 31 December 2020.

Find out more about healthcare in the UK.

I am due to travel internationally for study reasons. What should I do?

Please see our study abroad page for information and contact details.

Visit our dedicated travel advice section.

I am due to travel for personal reasons. What is the University’s advice?

Official travel advice to and from the UK is being regularly updated.

From 5 November to 2 December, the Government is advising against all international travel unless it is essential.

Some countries may not currently have entry or exit restrictions, but given the rapidly evolving nature of the coronavirus situation, we strongly recommend considering the potential impact of travel restrictions changing once you have arrived at your destination.

It is also important to consider that advice on self-isolation might change for different geographical locations and this could affect you upon your return to the UK.

I am abroad as part of my study and can’t get back to the UK – what should I do?

Please see our study abroad page for information and contact details.

I am abroad for personal reasons and can’t get back to the UK – what should I do?

We encourage you to check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for up to date information about travelling to the UK and to follow their advice.

It is very important to let your school know  you are currently abroad, and not able to return to the UK to continue your studies. Contact them by email to register your absence and keep in touch so that they can support you and advise you how best to keep up with your studies.

If you have any questions about your visa please contact the advice team in the International Student Office by emailing internationalstudents@leeds.ac.uk

Will I be eligible to access the student hardship fund for living costs?

If you find yourself in financial hardship, please don’t feel alone; there are people you can talk to and who can advise you on how to deal with the situation.

The Leeds University Union’s (LUU) Help and Support team provide support relating to student finances, including loans, fees and funding, and advice on budgeting and managing debt. It can help you apply for funding (such as the Leeds Hardship Fund, the International Leeds Hardship Fund, and external funding through educational bodies and charitable trusts) and emergency hardship loans. Please visit the LUU website for further information.

LUU has also launched an Emergency Hardship Fund for students with limited or no funds, who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing immediate financial hardship. To find out if you’re eligible email advice@luu.leeds.ac.uk.

I have anxiety about coronavirus, and it is affecting me/my studies – what should I do?

We understand that this situation may affect our students in different ways and that you may need practical help, emotional support or expert advice. View our information about campus support services

It is also important that you continue to look after yourself and support your friends.

View guidance and tips on looking after yourself

View tips on supporting your friends

I feel I am being bullied or harassed about coronavirus – what should I do?

The health and wellbeing of all our students and staff is our number one priority. As members of the Leeds community, we expect all staff and students to respect one another and treat each other kindly. This is particularly important during difficult periods, like the global coronavirus outbreak.

If you have experienced any form of bullying or harassment, please be reassured that we take this very seriously. View information and guidance on what to do

I don’t think other students are taking this seriously – what should I do?

The health and wellbeing of all our students and staff is our number one priority. We understand that not all of our students and staff are affected in the same way, but we encourage everyone to respect one another’s feelings and treat each other kindly.

We know that this situation may affect our students in different ways and you may need practical help, emotional support or expert advice. View our information about campus support services

Are on-campus events currently affected?

From Wednesday 18 March 2020, all open days, conferences and other major events scheduled before Monday 27 April will be cancelled or postponed to a later date.

Covid-19 sniffer dog research – how to get involved

Researchers are looking for volunteers to help train sniffer dogs to detect coronavirus.

To take part, you need to have had a recent coronavirus diagnosis or be booked in for a test. Find out whether you are eligible, what is involved and how to apply at www.virusdogs.com.

You can also call 0207 927 2777 or email coviddogs@lshtm.ac.uk for more details.

This research is being led by ARCTEC, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Durham University and Medical Detection Dogs. Please note, the University of Leeds is not involved in this research.