Coronavirus: applicants and offer holders international

Our spacious 54-acre parkland campus is open for students and staff to enjoy safely. This includes our teaching facilities, library and accommodation, all with appropriate physical distancing in place. We have robust measures in place to ensure and protect the health and wellbeing of our community.

We will be as flexible as possible with all applicants for January, April and September 2021 starts, including considering the impact on examinations.

I am due to start in January 2021, how does the latest Government announcements affect learning and teaching?

Teaching for most courses will begin as planned from the week commencing 18 January 2021, but this will now be online to begin with.

Face-to-face teaching will resume from mid-February, subject to further government guidance.

Only students in certain subject areas (nursing and teacher education) are now permitted to start face-to-face teaching as planned.

I am due to start in January 2021, can I begin studying online and join in person later in the term?

Yes, you should enrol online and study online and join us in person at a later date in the term when travel restrictions allow you to do so, even after face-to-face teaching has resumed. Please contact us if you would like to do this. Please note this does not currently apply to Adult Nursing February 2021 start.

I am due to start in January 2021, can I study my first term online?

Yes, you should enrol online and you can continue to study online for the whole term and join us in person later this year. Please contact us if you would like to do this. Please note this does not currently apply to Adult Nursing February 2021 start.

When does January enrolment and orientation start?

Enrolment this year is taking place online. Once you have completed all the necessary steps to start the process of enrolment, you will receive an email from our Registry team with information on how to complete this.

Enrolment and orientation will continue online as planned, running 13-15 January for all courses except BSc Adult Nursing, which runs from 15-18 February.

The latest enrolment date for all January students is 8 February.

When does teaching start?

Teaching on most courses starts online on the week commencing 18 January.

What steps do I need to take with regards to my visa?

There are a number of steps you will need to take with regards to your visa:

  • If you have already received your CAS, you can apply for your visa and travel to the UK once you have secured your visa and when it is safe to do so. Once you have completed enrolment you will be able to start your course online until face-to-face teaching can resume in mid-February.
  • If you have requested your CAS, you will receive your CAS shortly and once you receive your CAS please proceed as above.
  • If you have not yet requested your CAS but have paid your deposit, in order to enrol you will need to confirm your location and study plans by completing this form.
  • If you are already in the UK, you need to submit your CAS request by 29 January. If you are outside the UK, you will have until 8 February to request your CAS to apply for your visa to join us in the UK when it is safe to do so and in line with government guidance.

Irrespective of your situation we advise that students who have not yet made travel arrangements start their studies online.

I had already booked my travel to the University, and I am due to travel during the current lockdown period. What should I do?

The government has identified a number of reasons that you might continue to move to campus. This includes if you are an international student and have already made and booked travel arrangements in advance of being made aware of the lock-down. If this is the case, you do not need to adjust your plans. You should check your current travel plans with your travel provider ahead of travelling to the UK. Further information can also be found here.

I am a continuing student and want to stay studying online for the rest of the term. Can I do this? 

Yes, if you want to, you can enrol online, study online and join us in person at a later date in the term. Please contact us if you would like to do this. Please note this does not currently apply to Adult Nursing February 2021 start.  

Is campus open during the current lockdown period?

The campus is open, both for resident students and for students whose circumstances mean they need to access campus, for example being unable to work from home for specific reasons, such as a lack of adequate study space. The library, faith spaces and some catering facilities also remain open, and other services will reopen as soon as government guidance allows it.

How are you making sure campus is safe?

We have put in place many new measures to ensure we have an environment that puts student and staff wellbeing at its heart. Measures include:

  • all teaching and social spaces are COVID-secure, in line with the latest government guidelines on social distancing
  • enhanced cleaning across campus, including teaching spaces, places of worship, social areas, the Library, diners and in student accommodation (such as kitchens and other communal areas)
  • reception desks and student-facing contact points, including counters in shops and catering facilities, have screens and sanitation points installed, and there is an enhanced provision of hand sanitisers across campus
  • social distancing measures in place in our Library and revised procedures, including returned books being quarantined for 72 hours before being shelved
  • new access and one-way pedestrian routes introduced around the University, designed to ensure safe passage around all buildings when the campus reopens  
  • The University has developed a policy on face coverings. Face coverings are mandatory in all shared indoor spaces at the University, unless there are legitimate circumstances or age, health or disability-related reasons not to wear a face covering, as stated on the government website here. Face coverings are not required when eating or drinking. The full guidance can be read on the student portal here
  • Thorough risk assessments have been completed on all buildings and learning facilities. This includes assessments to ensure ventilation is of a standard in line with government guidance. Rooms in Elm Grove and Library which have no windows have 100% fresh air supply through, with no recirculation, through ventilation systems.
  • Enhanced support for staff and student wellbeing, and promotion of it, including the Employee Assistance Programme and Mental Health First Aid training.
  • All students are required to sign up to the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shared Statement of Responsibility prior to their arrival on campus. All students will also be shown a PowerPoint presentation about coronavirus and safety measures as part of induction.

Am I required to take a test before travelling to the University?

On 8 January, the UK government announced that all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. You can find out more information here.

Can I take an alternative English if my IELTS centre is closed?

We accept a range of English language qualifications equivalent to IELTS.

We can now offer an online English test should we require you to take one. This test will be available for Roehampton offer holders as a way to demonstrate that they meet the University’s English language requirements. Our online English Test can also be used for entry for online Pre-Sessional English courses.

Please visit our website to find out more about the different options you have to help you meet our English language requirements.

Find out more about our online PSE course here.

When is the latest enrolment date for Pre-sessional English courses?

Please see our Pre-Sessional English Language website

I am an international student – what happens if I need to quarantine on arrival?

During this period of time, you will have the ability to undertake your studies online, and have online student life activities available, until you are able to join activities physically.

If you plan to live on campus, we will be providing dedicated residences, with support services, on-campus for students required to quarantine, with facilities and support services in place to ensure you have the best possible experience.

What is the alternative for international students to the usual January 2021 intake? Can I defer to April 2021?

As well as being able to enrol and study online, and join in person later, we also have a number of programmes available for April start. The list of courses available in April 2021 is available here.

If you accept an offer of a place on a programme starting in January 2021 and later wish to change to an April start, contact us to discuss this further.

Will the University open days and offer holder events be taking place as planned?

We are busy planning more digital open events for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, along with a number of webinars and web chats with the International Team, which all interested applicants are very welcome to attend. More details are available here.  

What if I need to return to my home country during the academic year due to coronavirus?

We have the capability to support you to study remotely, and also provide access to student support services online. This means that, if the situation requires it and Government guidance allows, then you will be able to continue to study from your home country until you are able to return to the UK


If you have any questions, please contact us on the below details:

The International Team
The University of Roehampton
Email: international@roehampton.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3192
WhatsApp: +44 (0) 73421 80526
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