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 April and September 2021 starts, including considering the impact on examinations.

What will teaching and learning look like from September 2021 at Roehampton?

Assuming the government's unlocking proceeds as planned, we expect most teaching will be face-to-face through lectures, seminars, labs, workshops, rehearsals, and practical sessions. In-person sessions will be supported by digital learning activities. 

Our beautiful, parkland campus will be open in line with government guidance. This includes the library, study and social spaces, faith spaces, bars and cafes, and student support services. The availability of some services may change, to keep our community safe. Activities and events organised by sport clubs and societies, Roehampton Students' Union and our Colleges will take place across the year in-person and online. And at the same time, London is re-opening on our doorstep, and ready to welcome you back! 

We will be ready to make adjustments throughout the year at a course or Department / School level, or as a University, based on our assessment of risk and government guidance. We will continue to share regular updates to students as we finalise our plans and as more information becomes available.

How will I be able to access student support and academic support services in 2021-22? 

Academic and student support will continue to blend on-campus and online support next year. This means you will be able to access a range of in-person and online student services to support you, in the way that suits you,  including wellbeing and mental health support, academic skills guidance, Stuidosity (our online study guidance service that will review the structure, grammar, language and standard referencing practices of your work) and much more. This will be helpful if you need to commute to campus?

What happens if I am unable to travel at the start of the next academic year, due to travel restrictions? 

As an international student, if you are unable to fly to the UK due to government restrictions, you will be able to complete some or all of your first term remotely, for most courses. This will enable you to join in person when you can. Please note, there is no current indication the UK will restrict international travel in the autumn.

As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, we will continue to work in line with the latest government guidance and advice to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. 

I have booked on-campus accommodation in September. What happens if I need to quarantine on arrival or cannot travel due to government restrictions? 

As part of a wide range of new support measures for international students, we are offering the following for students moving into on-campus accommodation: 

  • If students are travelling to the UK and visa or flights are such that they will need to come late, their contract will start when they arrive on campus.  
  • If Government guidance at the time of arrival is that students need to quarantine in University on-campus accommodation due to government Covid restrictions, should they still be in place, they will be able to do so free-of-charge and with free food for the duration of quarantine.  
  • If students are unable to travel to the university due to government Covid restrictions on travel, they will have the right to cancel their accommodation contract. 

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.
  • 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

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 happens if I need to quarantine on arrival?

If Government guidance at the time of arrival is that students need to quarantine in University on-campus accommodation due to government Covid restrictions, should they still be in place, they will be able to do so free-of-charge and with free food for the duration of quarantine.  

The International Team
The University of Roehampton
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3192
WhatsApp: +44 (0) 73421 80526
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