Advice for prospective students

This information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is for students who have applied to study at ARU, or are interested in coming to events on our campuses, such as Open Days.

We’ve answered some key questions about applying to university and studying at ARU, and we’ll continue to update this page as the situation develops.

If you're already a student at ARU, check our advice for current students.

Support for applicants and new students

+ How are you managing the risks associated with coronavirus?

+ What arrangements are in place for September 2020?

+ What support are you offering to applicants?

+ Will my application still be processed within the normal timeframes?

+ Should I still attend my interview?

+ Can I still apply for September 2020?

+ What happens if I can’t sit exams?

+ I'm interested in coming to an Open Day on campus. Can I still do this?

+ Can I apply for accommodation at ARU?

+ I’d like to apply for a Study Abroad or Exchange programme. Can I still do this?

+ I need a visa to study in the UK. What should I do if visa centres are closed?

+ Will I be able to sit an English language test at ARU?

+ IELTS / TOEFL / Pearson test centres in my country/city are closed. How can I meet ARU’s English language requirements?

+ I'm due to pay a tuition fee deposit. What happens if I'm unable to start my course in September 2020?

+ I can’t get a reference from my tutor/employer to support my application. What should I do?

+ Will you accept the grade awarded to me in summer 2020 in meeting the conditions of the offer?

+ When will I know if my place is confirmed?

+ I am a private candidate and won’t get a grade this summer. Will I still have a place?

+ I'm studying a degree apprenticeship. What are the arrangements for September 2020?

Advice for EU and international students

If you would like to discuss any of the information below or have any further questions please get in touch with the International team.

+ Will flights to the UK be available in September?

+ Is there a deadline to pay the deposit? COVID-19 has impacted my ability to be able to pay straight away.

+ If I pay my deposit will I be able to get a refund if I am unable to come?

+ Can I defer to January if I am unable to get a visa in time for September?

+ Are you still planning to deliver a September 2020 intake?

+ When will visa centres open so that I can apply for my visa?

+ Should I still get my visa documents ready for September?

Our third year Social Work BA (Hons) students say thank you and farewell to ARU.




Latest advice from Government

The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, issued a letter to international students on 22 June, about studying in the UK from autumn 2020. Read the letter below.

Letter to international students from the Minister of State for Universities, 22 June 2020

The Minister also issued letters on 9 April and 26 March. These set out the latest advice and arrangements from Government, in particular around visa arrangements for international students, and university accommodation. You can read them below.

Letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, 9 April 2020

Letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, 26 March 2020