New COVID-19 Guidance for international students living in the UK and Europe

Last updated: 17:30 GMT 19 November 2020


Local Guidelines and Restrictions

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students, staff and local community is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure our students are as safe as possible.

In several regions of the UK and Europe, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local restrictions have been announced by the Government.

Check below for details on any restrictions in place for the location of your Study Centre or College.

England

The UK Government has announced that new COVID-19 rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2 December. They will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

It is important to remember that until 2 December the existing nationwide COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

The health and safety of our students, staff and local community is our top priority and we continue to work closely with universities and Public Health England to ensure that our campuses are safe. Universities, colleges and other educational institutions are not directly affected by the regional tier system and remain open. You may continue to leave your home or accommodation to attend classes and other scheduled campus activities.

For information on which tier your centre or college is in then please see below:

Key differences between tiers in the alert system.

Tier 2
In tier two you cannot socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
You can meet in a group of up to six outside - including in a garden, or a public place
Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen (if Covid-secure)
Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals.
Pubs and restaurants must shut at 23:00 GMT, with last orders at 22:00 GMT
Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity (whichever is smaller)
Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume (with restrictions)
Non-essential foreign travel allowed, subject to quarantine rules
People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas
Tier 3
You cannot mix with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors, or in private gardens and pub gardens
You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside
Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen (if Covid-secure)
Hospitality venues - such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway services
Spectator sports cannot resume
Indoor entertainment venues - such as bowling alleys and cinemas - must stay closed
People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning for the remainder of calendar year. Campus is open for students to access facilities


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning for the remainder of calendar year. Campus is open for students to access facilities.


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning for the remainder of calendar year. Campus is open for students to access facilities


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning for the remainder of calendar year. Campus is open for students to access facilities


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 3

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 3 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 9th until the end of the calendar year in line with English DfE guidance


This centre is in Tier 2

New COVID-19 restrictions are being introduced in England from Wednesday 2 December and will be reviewed on 16 December 2020.

Please follow all the guidelines for Tier 2 found at the top of this page

You will be required to wear a face covering in almost all campus buildings and situations during the lockdown period.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Scotland

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


From 9th October until 25th October 2020 restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • You may not enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation.
  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will:
    • only be able to open indoors until 18:00 (6pm).
    • only be allowed to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks indoors
    • be able to serve alcohol in outdoor settings (such as beer gardens) until 22:00 (10pm)
    • accept a maximum group size of six people from up to two different households
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in transport and venues except when you are seated to eat and drink.
  • You are advised not to share cars with people from outside your household.
  • You should avoid public transport for all but essential travel.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning for the remainder of calendar year. Campus is open for students to access facilities


  • You may not socialise indoors with people outside your household. Up to six people from two households can meet outdoors.
  • All non-essential shops and retail services will be closed.
  • Leisure, entertainment, and visitor attraction venues will be closed.
  • Indoor gyms will be closed.
  • There is no limit on outdoor exercise, but you can only take part in non-contact sports activities.
  • All hospitality venues (such as pubs, bars, and restaurants) will be closed, although takeaways will still be allowed.
  • You should avoid public transport for all but essential travel. By law, you must not travel outside the Glasgow area unless it is essential.

These new measures are planned to last until 11 December 2020.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Wales

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities. Will migrate to fully virtual teacher-led training only on December 7th until the end of the calendar year in line with the university approach


Wales' lockdown rules from 9 November 2020

  • Two-household bubbles can be formed
  • Non-essential business can reopen
  • 15 people can meet indoors for organised activities
  • No travel to and from England (unless there is a 'reasonable excuse')
  • 30 people can meet outdoors for organised activities
  • No travel restrictions within Wales
  • Schools reopen
  • Work from home where possible

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Ireland

Teaching status

Virtual teacher-led learning only (with exception of specialist lab work) until further notice to align with University policy. Campus is open for students to access facilities


With immediate effect from 20 October 2021

New ‘Level 5’ COVID-19 precautions have been introduced by the Irish government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and these will affect what you are able to do while in the Republic of Ireland.

All teaching and learning at Dublin ISC will continue to be online until further notice. On-campus student social and club activity has been suspended.

What the new measures mean:

  • You should stay at home.
  • You can only exercise within 5 km of your home.
  • There must be no visits to other people’s homes or gardens, including student accommodation other than your own.
  • You can meet with one other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise.
  • Most non-essential shops and hairdressers will be closed. Bars and restaurants will only be able to provide a takeaway service. ‘Wet pubs’ in Dublin remain closed.
  • You should only travel for essential purposes, for example to attend medical appointments or collect medicines. There will be only limited public transport available.
  • You cannot fly out of Dublin Airport unless your journey is essential.
  • No amateur sports events are allowed.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home. Only shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and avoid public transport.

There is a full list of the restrictions here.


From 22 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • There are to be no organised indoor gatherings (this includes cinemas and theatres).
  • Outdoor gatherings are to be up to a maximum of 15.
  • In Dublin City, visitors to private homes and gardens are limited to a maximum number of six from one other household.
  • People living in Dublin should remain in the county.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Netherlands

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities.


Further restrictions now apply until further notice

Groups:

  • You may receive no more than 2 people a day in your home.
  • The maximum group size outdoors and indoors (except in your home) is 2 people from different households.
  • There is no maximum number of people for a household.

Daily life:

  • In secondary schools, MBO schools, and institutions for higher education (HBO and universities) everyone must wear a face mask except during lessons/lectures.
  • All venues that are normally open to the public are closed. 
  • All establishments that serve food and drinks must remain closed. Take-away will still be possible.

Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. There will be no late-night shopping.

  • Grocery stores may stay open after 20.00.
  • General markets may stay open.

Travel:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

With immediate effect from 14 October the following restrictions are in place:

  • The rule of 1.5 metre social distance is of paramount importance to prevent the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) and must be respected by everyone in Holland ISC at all times.
  • Wearing face masks in classrooms is still encouraged but not required. You can remove your facemask once you reach your seat as long as you always keep a minimum of 1.5 metre distance from others.
  • In secondary and higher education institutions (VO, MBO and HO) everyone must wear a face mask outside lessons.
  • Indoors and outdoors a group must have no more than 4 people from different households.
  • If you are aged 13 or over, wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
  • All establishments that serve food and drinks must close. Take-away will still be possible.
  • Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. There will be no late-night shopping.
  • No alcohol will be sold or delivered between 20.00 and 07.00.
  • Between 20.00 and 07.00 you may not drink alcohol or have it on your person in public spaces.

People arriving in the Netherlands (Holland) from most countries should self-quarantine for 10 days. Travellers from a number of countries are exempt from the self-quarantine rules. The list of exempt countries can be seen here.

Key restrictions in the Netherlands include:

  • You should stay 1.5 metres apart from other people, and avoid crowds, when you are out and about
  • A non-medical face mask is required when you travel by public transport

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Further information about local restrictions in place in each location can be found on the Latest COVID-19 Government advice websites.