How is the UK supporting school-aged children and university students coming to the UK from Ukraine? Keep reading to find out the latest developments.
The UK government has been taking steps to support those affected by the invasion of Ukraine. In the first 24 hours of its launch, over 100,000 British people offered to host Ukrainian refugees as part of the UK’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. With a large proportion of refugees expected to be school-aged children, access to education is of the utmost importance.
On 25 February 2022, the Home Office published new guidance for Ukrainian nationals studying in the UK and their dependants, making two concessions to the Immigration rules.
To benefit from these concessions, the Ukrainian national and their dependant (s) must have lawfully entered the UK before 24 February 2022, or made an entry clearance application prior to this date, and arrived in the UK after 24 February 2022. Those wanting to switch into an alternative immigration category will still need to meet the requirements of the new route.
The UK’s education secretary Nadhim Zahawi announced the announced the roll out of auto-translations delivered through Oak National Academy to 100,000 refugee pupils to help them transition to their lives in the UK.
Oak has been exploring whether our lessons can be translated into the common languages spoken by pupils in English schools for whom English is not their first language but, with the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, we have pushed this work forward as rapidly as possible.
Matt Hood, principal of Oak National Academy
Through the process of auto-translation, Oak's vast range of 10,000 courses are now available in Ukrainian or Russian, and are not an attempt to align with the Ukrainian curriculum or replace Ukraine’s own work providing remote education. Students will have access to quizzes, video lessons with translated subtitles and worksheets.
As well as online lessons, the UK’s Department of Education is also making plans to take on 100,000 Ukrainian children into UK schools.
Student Action for Refugees (STAR), a charity welcoming students seeking asylum in the UK, are offering a wide range of scholarships for those interested in attending university in the UK. Before applying, you must check if you are eligible for Student Finance.
The Irish government has announced that Ukrainian nationals fleeing conflict can apply to study at Irish universities. Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, said that “[English language support] is crucial to ensuring people have the ability to understand the information being presented to them, and to help them embed in Irish society”.
To help clarify the criteria for prospective students from Ukraine, many university websites are also dedicating a page to the application process for Ukrainian nationals, for example, the universities of Portsmouth and Edinburgh.
At UK Study Centre, we believe that education should be accessible to all, and we are pleased to announce that we can provide free assistance to Ukrainian refugees looking to apply to schools and universities in the UK. To speak with a member of the team, please contact us or give us a call on +44 20 3397 7744.