Advice for Students Advice for Students

Updated 27.05.2020

These FAQs are being updated on a regular basis - please continue to check this page for the latest information. Please also see our FAQs on the Portal for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and for postgraduate research students

Guidance on assessments and examinations has recently been updated - please see the UEA Portal for more information. 

Will teaching, exams and assessments be affected?
Teaching is now being delivered online through Blackboard and work is continuing to support all our students in progressing in their studies. Please continue to participate in learning activities online through Blackboard.

All summative assessment, including examinations, will be carried out online through Blackboard as far as possible. 

For more information see our Learning and Teaching FAQs (undergraduate and postgraduate taught students) or our Postgraduate Research FAQs (research students).  

For off-campus placement and internship activity, including Study Abroad host universities, students should follow the guidance offered by their placement provider, internship provider, or host university. If you are not sure about their current guidance, please ask your Head of School, Course or Placement Director or UEA Study Abroad.

What do I need to do about my room in UEA Accommodation?
UEA is offering students in our accommodation the option to be released from their accommodation licenses early if they wish. All students in residences have been contacted by the Accommodation Office by email regarding what they need to do, but in brief:

  • If you would like to be released from your accommodation license, you must complete the form sent to you by the Accommodation Office as soon as possible. 
  • You do not have to clear your room or return your key before you can be released from your accommodation license - but you do need to complete the form mentioned above.
  • If you have already vacated your room (including removing your belongings) but still have your key, please return this by post to the Accommodation Office as soon as possible. We would recommend that you use a padded envelope and send via a service which records the delivery.
  • If you have already returned home but still have belongings in your room, the Government changed their guidance on 21.05.20 stating that students in England can return to their student accommodation to collect any belongings, provided they follow social distancing guidelines while doing so. UEA Accommodation have emailed students with details on how to arrange collecting their belongings – please check your UEA email. 

If you have any questions regarding your room in UEA Accommodation, please email

We would like to reassure all students living in UEA accommodation that we are here to support you, and would also like to reassure all students who wish to remain living in UEA residences that you may continue to do so.  

I’m an international student on a Tier 4 visa and I want to return home to continue my studies there – what do I need to do?
The University is operating a self-declaration of absence reporting process for any Tier 4 student who has decided to leave campus and return home/go to an alternative address to continue their studies.

If you are a Tier 4 student and have left or are considering leaving campus to continue your studies remotely, please complete the University’s Self Declaration of Absence form (taught students only). We will be contacting postgraduate researchers on Tier 4 visas during April to ask you to complete a separate PGR form.

I’m an international student on a Tier 4 visa and I am remaining in the UK to continue my studies remotely – what do I need to do?
If you are remaining in the UK and are continuing your studies remotely, we still request that you complete the University’s Self Declaration of Absence form (taught students only). We will be contacting postgraduate researchers on Tier 4 visas during April to ask you to complete a separate PGR form. 

I'm an international student in the UK with a visa which has just expired or is expiring shortly, and I am unable to leave because I am self-isolating or travel restrictions are preventing me from returning home - what do I need to do?

If you’re in the UK and your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 30 July 2020,  then your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must complete and submit a Home Office form to update your records if your visa is expiring. You will find the form at It could be very helpful to take a screenshot of the completed form before submitting it, and retain a copy for your own records.

Please visit the Home Office's website to see the specific information relating to this extension.

I’m an international student with a Tier 4 visa studying Medicine or Nursing. Am I still restricted in the number of hours I can work per week during term time?
On 31st March the Home Secretary announced that, as a response to the national effort to combat coronavirus, trainee doctors and nurses will not be limited by the number of hours they can work in the NHS during term time. This change is expected to be in place for a limited period and only applies to work undertaken in the NHS. Your course and/or your School may have additional recommendations to consider as you balance your studies and any work so please ensure that you are aware of these before making any commitments.

I'm a member of the British Armed Forces reserves  - will I get deadline extensions and delayed examinations when I return to my studies?
Yes, students who are British Armed Forces reserves, or who are in other specialist volunteer roles, and who are deployed in this role will be given whatever support is necessary to ensure they can successfully complete their studies.