Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

Current Student FAQs

Q: Is the Global Study Centre still teaching?
Yes, timetabled sessions are delivered online, as per existing timetables. 

Q: Is the library open on campus?
The David Wilson Library building closed in March.

Students and staff will be able to access all online materials, including ebooks, journals and databases and the Library’s enquiry service will remain open. If you need any help, please email library@le.ac.uk or visit library help.

Q: How is the Global Study Centre supporting current international students who are now studying online?
All teaching is now online with each session recorded for those students unable to attend the live lecture because of time differences. Similarly, students are able to access both the academic teaching staff and college support staff to access any support they may require.

We have shared a list of key college contacts with all our current students and this includes key college contacts alongside useful contacts for support for students with their studies as well as mental and physical health.

In addition to changes in assessment to accommodate online teaching, the college is also currently creating opportunities to organise some social online activities to encourage students to meet with their peers.

Q: Will online attendance be monitored?
Attendance will be taken, and current students have been advised that it’s important for their Tier 4 visas to ensure good attendance and engagement.

Q: Will there still be exams this semester?
There are a range of assessments now taking place remotely. The new assessments will differ depending on the programme and modules taken. We have emailed all students per programme to provide details of the specific assessments. Current students will receive up-to-date information about these from their pathway tutors, who can provide further help and guidance.

Q: How is the Global Study Centre supporting students who suspect they have COVID-19?
If you are unwell/ have tested positive to COVID-19 please ensure you follow the advice of Public Health England and inform the Centre and the Student Support team. We will then give more advice based on your specific needs and personal situation.

Q: As a current student in the UK, are Covid-19 diagnoses and treatments covered by the NHS Health Surcharge?
Yes. All lawful, non-visitor migrants to the UK gain access to the National Health Service and medical treatment free at the point of use. This includes treatment that is medically required in relation to Covid-19.

Q: How will the Centre support students who want to stay on-campus during the closure of campus?
University-managed accommodation will remain open. If you need to remain in campus accommodation, we will support you in doing so. If you are not living within University-managed accommodation, you may contact the Global Study Centre Student Support team for advice.

Q: How will the Centre support students who stay off-campus during the closure of campus?
Our Student Support team are in touch with students regularly. If you are worried about your accommodation, please contact us and we can provide you with further advice.

Q: Can I return home during the closure?
You can return home and continue to engage with the online content for your programme. We would recommend that you do continue with your studies in this way. Please ensure you keep in contact with GSC staff if you do return home, so we can update your location and whereabouts on our systems and support you appropriately.

Q: What is the process for deferral of study following successful completion of the GSC Foundation course?
Should you meet the progression requirements required on your IFY course and wish to defer your Y1 entry to the university (for example start your Y1 studies in September 2021), please contact the centre in the first instance. We will contact the specific departments at the university and advise you accordingly.

Q: What impact will this have on my Tier 4 visa?
We recommend that you follow the latest travel guidance before considering travelling, and please ensure you keep in touch with us to let us know your plans.

If you decide to travel back to your home country before the end of term and are on a Tier 4 visa, please be aware that there may be an impact on your sponsorship if you are outside of the UK for an extended period. UKVI has indicated new interim regulations may be introduced which you are advised to follow and will be communicated if and when it is published.

If you are concerned about travel affecting your Tier-4 Visa, please contact the University of Leicester Student Immigration and Compliance Team visas@le.ac.uk before you leave the UK.

Q: I am having issues paying for next semester fees, can you help?
We understand that this might be a difficult time for people and will deal with any queries on tuition fees sensitively, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our Student Services team, with as much information as you can and we will provide advice and support tailored to your situation.

If you have any questions with regards to exam results or next steps please contact your tutors or email us at info@leicestergsc.com