the UK Council for International Student Affairs, for example, provides up to date advice on technical questions around visas and student finance.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty for universities in Britain where one in five students is from overseas. Most of the UK's leading universities are planning for a "hybrid" form of online and face-to-face teaching next year. Many expect campuses to be open come the autumn but have already moved online or are planning for a "blended" approach mixing online and face-to-face tuition next year.
Cambridge University is moving all lectures online until summer 2021. Others are putting restrictions on class sizes and moving to a blend of campus and online teaching.
The good news, according to data gathered by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the higher education think-tank which compiles the QS World University Rankings, is 72 percent of prospective international students remain open to starting their studies in the United Kingdom this academic year, even if it means beginning their course online.0 The report was published as part of QS's ongoing research into the impact of the coronavirus on global higher education. It surveyed more than 30,000 prospective international students from across the world, more than 8,800 of whom were interested in studying in the UK.
“While (COVID-19) is going to cause short-term disruption and uncertainty, our data shows there are reasons to be optimistic for the higher education sector," QS said.