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Visa extensions

On 22 May 2020 the Home Office extended their support for those students who have not been able to leave the UK and return to their home country due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Visa nationals currently residing in the UK will be able to extend their leave until 31 July 2020 if (i) their previous leave expired after 24 January 2020 and (ii) leaving the UK was not possible due to self-isolation or travel restrictions.

Please note if you have already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020, your visa will automatically be extended to 31 July 2020.

If your visa expires between 31 May 2020 to the 31 July 2020 you will need to complete the online form. Please ensure that you have your passport and current visa to hand when completing the form.

If your visa has expired after January 24 and you have not yet applied for this extension, please complete the online form following the instructions above.

You will be expected to leave the UK and return to your home country once it is safe and possible to do so.

The Home Office will respond within 5 working days to confirm the request has been approved and your visa has been extended. If you have any additional questions on this process, the Home Office has created a helpline to support those who may require an extension; 0800 678 1767.

International Student Support (ISS) is a team that helps international students with immigration queries through expert guidance and information. They are trained by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

You can contact International Student Support via Compass for additional support and guidance on your immigration status in the UK. This includes if you have an upcoming visa expiry beyond 31st July 2020, and therefore don’t qualify for the above allowance, but still have questions regarding your immigration status.

For more information please visit the University of Sunderland’s Covid-19 support webpages.

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This year we mark 20 years of our MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Kim Willis, Programme leader MA TESOL, writes about some of the successes of the course which has impacted students' lives across the globe.

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It is just over 20 years since the MA TESOL was first validated, and to celebrate this, the Team asked some of those who have studied with us from around the globe to share their thoughts about the course, as well as their own success stories.  

It has been fascinating to read how their careers have developed over the years and how they have built on the foundation of the Master’s degree in Sunderland, using what they learned on the programme in concrete ways.


Some of our MA TESOL graduates

One of our earlier graduates, wrote: “I particularly enjoyed the Corpus Linguistics module and have used components of it in my teaching ever since.’” Another of our former students was previously a pilot, and now teaches and tests Aviation English, as well as running a website with resources for students and teachers. A further IDL (Independent Distance Learning) graduate started working as a lecturer in Qatar immediately after completing the programme but has recently returned to the UK and has accepted a place on the PGCE English course here in Sunderland in order to take his career in a new direction. This is thanks to his positive experience as a distance learning MA student many years ago.

To find out more about MA TESOL click HERE.