INTO University Partnerships – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and online programs update for students and parents

A message from John Latham, CEO, INTO University Partnerships

INTO holds dear our strong relationships with our partners across the world, on behalf of the whole company, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected in any way by global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During these challenging times, our focus is on every students’ health and wellbeing. At INTO, we are committed to helping find the right solution for our students – to keep them on track for academic success. If you are unable to travel to our Centers in the UK and US, our Triple Promise and online study options will allow you to choose how and when you start your studies with us. Before continuing your studies at our Centers, once you have obtained your visa and are able to travel. Find out more about our online study options.

The COVID-19 situation is ever-changing and we are committed to ensuring we keep everyone as updated as possible.

If you have any questions not answered below, please get in contact with your Education Counselor.

KEY POINTS

  • All Centers in the UK and US have transitioned to virtual learning for current students.
  • Courses from June 2020: we are now accepting applications for our Online Pre-sessional and Online Academic English courses across our UK Centres.
  • Courses from September 2020: if global travel restrictions continue and students are unable to arrive to start their studies, students will also be able to start their studies online through Online Academic English and Online Pathway courses in both the UK and US. Visit the Online Learning page for the latest information including listings of academic pathways that will be available online if face-to-face teaching isn’t possible.
  • The government has begun easing lockdown restrictions across the UK. Take a look at the specific guidance for the latest information that applies to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • US government has issued criteria and preparedness guidelines for states to proceed with a phased reopening based on the advice of public health experts.

Alternative online course options

What INTO courses are available for online delivery?

We will be offering 8 and 12 week Online Pre-sessional English and 10 week Online Academic English courses from June 2020. From September 2020 we will be offering Online Pathway programs.

UK center and university updates

What precautions are the INTO Centers taking to minimise the risk of infection?

We want to re-assure you that the wellbeing, health and safety of our current students at any of our Centers or partner university campuses is always our paramount concern. This is none-more so than during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

For the latest guidance on health and safety precautions please refer to the NHS guidelines

The wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority. To safeguard our whole community and slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), our UK centers will end face-to-face teaching from March 16 2020 and move to online and virtual instruction.

Are INTO Centers open?

All of our INTO Centers are closed. You can find out further details about the situation at each center here.

Essential services continue to be accessible for students, but will be delivered virtually.

I am a current student and have a concern. Who can I contact?

The INTO Centers remain functioning and communication will continue as normal. The INTO Center staff continue to support every student with any issues and we encourage you to reach out with any concerns or questions.

I am a parent and have a concern. Who can I contact?

We are being vigilant with every student and if any student has flu like symptoms or is concerned, they should stay at home, call their doctor and follow all public health guidance in relation to the prevention of spreading of flu. If there is a particular issue you should contact your Education Counsellor in the first instance.

You can also contact us here:
https://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/admissions/meet-the-team

US center and university updates

What precautions are the INTO Centers taking to minimize the risk of infection?

We want to re-assure you that the wellbeing, health and safety of our current students at any of our Centers or partner university campuses is always our paramount concern. This is none-more so than during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

For the latest guidance on health and safety precautions please refer to the NHS guidelines

The wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority. To safeguard our whole community and slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), our US centers have temporarily ended face-to-face teaching and moved to online and virtual instruction.

Are INTO Centers open?

All of our INTO Centers are closed. You can find out further details about the situation at each center for Summer 2020 here and for Fall 2020 here.

Essential services continue to be accessible for students, but will be delivered virtually.

I am a current student and have a concern. Who can I contact?

The INTO Centers remain functioning and communication will continue as normal. The INTO Center staff continue to support every student with any issues and we encourage you to reach out with any concerns or questions.

I am a parent and have a concern. Who can I contact?

We are being vigilant with every student and if any student has flu like symptoms or is concerned, they should stay at home, call their doctor and follow all public health guidance in relation to the prevention of spreading of flu. If there is a particular issue you should contact your Education Counsellor in the first instance.

You can also contact us here:
https://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/admissions/meet-the-team

UK national news

Where can I find the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak and what precautions to take?

The situation remains fluid and we urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest updates and announcements from the following official advisory services:

Should I be travelling to the UK?

At this time we do not recommend students who have not already arrived in the UK to book travel to the UK until further notice.

I am worried that any fellow student (or INTO staff) who have travelled may bring the virus back with them. What is the guidance?

If a student (or member of staff) has travelled and returned from any country, but especially from those where the cases of the virus are much higher than in the UK, we take into consideration the welfare of the arriving student (or member of staff), and the welfare of our team members and current students in the INTO Center, and if any student/member of staff has flu-like symptoms, we have asked them to not come in to the Center. They must contact our Support Services Team as well as the NHS 111 services, and, based in NHS guidance, we would ask them to self-isolate. Anyone in this situation will be supported by the INTO Center team, and we will ensure that students have access to food and drink, and we will also supply study materials.

I have flu-like symptoms what should I do?

If you have suddenly developed a cough, fever or shortness of breath you should complete the online NHS 111 COVID-19 questionnaire which will advise you instantly if you need to take any action.

If I am in the UK, should I be self-isolating?

For the latest guidance on health and safety precautions please refer to the NHS guidelines

We ask students to engage with their virtual instruction and adhere to the above guidance at this time. If students in the UK have any further questions they should contact INTO center staff

US national news

Can I still travel to the US for study?

This is subject to government guidance and any restrictions their guidance may place on students on arrival. Please refer to the US Center University section above for more details.

What is the process if I am unable to take a TOEFL/IELTS due to test center closures?

All INTO US University Partners accept Duolingo English proficiency test for all Pathway programs and some degree-seeking programs. The test is available online and you can complete the test from your home in 1 hour and get the results in 2 days.
Please contact your INTO representative who will provide you with your unique code to access a free Duolingo test.

What is the process if I am unable to travel to the US due to an inability to secure my visa due to visa office closures?

You can defer your program to the next available or a subsequent start date at no cost.

My TOEFL/IELTS score is published on the website, but I am unable to get a hard copy, what should I do?

We don’t need an original copy of TOELF/IELTS certificates in order to check the scores – as long as you have received the Test Report Form (TRF) number, we will be able to make these checks and there won’t be a delay in issuing documents to enable your visa application.

Do I need to self-isolate when I arrive in the US for my studies?

University partners follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authority advice. If you are travelling from a CDC level 2 or level 3 designated country, please contact your University before making plans to travel and for more information.

If I have to self-isolate when I arrive in the US, where will I be self-isolated?

Self-isolation requirement will vary university by university. Please contact your US Center University for more information.

Does my US University insurance cover the cost of COVID-19 testing?

US University insurance does cover COVID-19 testing and treatment. Please refer to the US Center University section above for more details.

Is my F-1 visa status impacted by moving to online/virtual learning?

Online/virtual learning is considered academic continuity and will not negatively impact your immigration status. For more details, please see: https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2020/Coronavirus%20Guidance_3.13.20.pdf

Where can I find the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak and what precautions to take?

The situation remains fluid and we urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest updates and announcements from the following official advisory services:

Can I elect to self-isolate even if I’m not required to?

University partners follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authority advice. They also take into consideration the welfare of all members of the university community. Requirements for self-isolation will vary university by university.

If students have to self-isolate that location will vary university by university.