Universities in Northern Ireland are to move all teaching online by 9 December to allow students to return home for Christmas.
Students have also been advised to take a Covid-19 test before they return to their family home.
testing is being offered to students
at Queen’s and Ulster Universities.
The Christmas guidance for students in Northern Ireland was published by the executive on Friday.
Many students were already learning remotely as many degree courses were being taught online, although thousands remain on campus.
Face-to-face teaching has continued in some subjects where it is regarded as necessary.
A small number of those courses may be able to continue to hold classes on campus after 9 December.
But students have been told that if they remain on campus after 9 December they may be in a situation where they have to self-isolate over Christmas.
Rapid Covid-19 testing is available for students