We recognise that this is an anxious time for students and particularly those who are studying away from home. To help answer your questions the University have composed FAQs that are updated daily with the most current advice.
Click here for Student and Staff FAQs UKCISA Guidance for International Students
The University are providing the following travel advice:
If any students not normally resident in Northern Ireland wish to return home as a result of the pandemic, the University will ensure that they suffer no academic disadvantage, including contingency measures for assessment.
You should make an informed decision and consider that the global situation is changing rapidly including border restrictions.
You must tell us about your off-campus arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak, even if you are not planning to travel during this time. Please complete the relevant online form below.
Please note if you have already completed a Tier 4 authorised absence form or Tier 4 off-campus study form and submitted this to your School for approval you do not need to tell us this information again.
Undergraduate students should complete the form available here
Postgraduate Research students should complete the form available here
Masters students should complete the form available here
If you are leaving the UK to continue your studies remotely and are intending to return at a later date to continue your studies On-Campus:
Please indicate your estimated return date on the online form. The University is not required to report your departure to the Home Office at this stage and your visa will remain valid, as long as you let us know that you intend to return to the UK before your official course end date, to continue your studies on-campus.
If you do not intend to return to the UK at any time to continue your studies on-campus, please indicate this on the form and we will contact you in due course if there are any visa implications.
Please let us know if you do not intend to continue your studies remotely, for example if you intend to permanently withdraw from your course or formally defer your studies, and we will contact you in due course if there are any visa implications
Please continue to check your Queen’s email account in case we need to contact you again about your visa.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOUR VISA EXPIRES BETWEEN 24 JANUARY AND 31 MAY 2020:
If your immigration permission expired, or will expire, between 24 January and 31 May 2020, and you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Home Office will extend it for you up to 31 May 2020 free of charge.
However, you must directly contact the UK Home Office and notify the Coronvirus Immigration Help Centre.
Visit the Home Office's Coronavirus update of 24 March 2020 to find out more about the information you will need to provide and how to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.
The University fully appreciates this is a challenging and anxious time for students and in some cases, this may be exacerbated by financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, the University is increasing its hardship funds to support students. The funds will be aimed at students who are experiencing financial hardship caused by the exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID-19.
All students are eligible to make an application to the hardship fund. If you have already received an award this year, you are not precluded from submitting a second application.
The University anticipates a large demand for awards from the funds and will work hard to process and pay applications on a timely basis. You can only apply to the fund using an online application, available by logging into your Qsis Student Account at https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/
For help completing the online application please click here
All supporting documentation requested during the online application process should be emailed to email@example.com.
If you do not have all documentation requested during the online application process, please submit a minimum of 2 months of recent bank statements, i.e. February and March. Please ensure that ALL bank accounts held are submitted.
If you need emergency funds for an immediate flight home please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting URGENT COVID-19 Emergency Travel in the Subject and providing details of your proposed flight.
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