Is there still time to apply to study in the UK in 2021?

It's been another strange and challenging year for students considering studying abroad. Whilst 2020 will always be the year defined by Covid, it's clear that the impacts of the pandemic are hitting just as hard, or harder, in 2021.

Many international students were unsure about whether to apply to study in the UK this year and are now worried they have left it too late. But don't worry. It's not too late to apply for courses starting this September and Student Central has partnered up with SAMS Global to fast track your applications for September 2021 entry.

It couldn't be simpler. All you need to do is fill in your information here and Student Central Team will take care of the rest!

What about English language tests? Many universities in the UK are now also offering their own online English language testing, which removes the stress of finding and getting to an IELTS test centre. We can help you identify universities that offer their own online English language tests.

Will I have time to get a student visa? Yes, if you don't leave your university application too late (as universities will need time to process your application and get your offer letter out). Getting your visa can be a major stress at the best of times but Student Central can help you with your visa applications, though our OISC-registered visa agents, to ensure that you have all your paperwork in order and can meet the visa application deadlines.

Will I be able to start my studies face-to-face in the UK or will I have to study online? With the UK's roadmap out of the pandemic going well so far, and the successful roll-out of vaccines, it looks like it will be 'business-as-usual' for university campuses in the UK. This means a full return to face-to-face teaching and other campus activities.

Will I need to quarantine? September is still a little way off and nobody can predict what quaratine regulations will be in force for people entering the UK at that point. As a student with a visa, you will be treated in the same way as any other UK resident and that may involve a stay in a managed quarantine hotel upon arrival. You should factor in the cost for this (which is currently £1,750) as there is a chance that, even if your country is not currently on the 'red list' (requiring hotel quarantine), this may change within the next few months.

If you're still not sure whether to take the leap and apply this year or wait until 2022 our team would be happy to talk you through your options. Get in touch with the Student Central Team

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Rachel Burgon
Co-Founder & CEO
Published on 27 April 2021
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