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.

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

The current outbreak of coronavirus is likely to have some impact on you wherever you live. We know that the situation is developing quickly, and that you may have concerns about your studies and university application. We’ll do our best to support you.

We’ve answered some key questions below, and we’ll continue to update this page as the situation develops.

The UK Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, also issued a letter to students on 26 March. This sets out the latest advice and arrangements from Government, in particular around visa arrangements for international students.

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

What support are you offering to applicants?

Following the Government's announcement about the cancellation of summer exams, we're considering how best to support our applicants and offer holders to join ARU in September 2020.

ARU is a supportive and welcoming community. We've long recognised that exam grades are not the only indicator of success.

We're working hard at the moment to make sure that no student’s application to study with us this September is adversely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 virus. That means we'e following our usual student admissions processes as far as possible.

Our friendly Admissions Team will be in contact with you directly over the coming weeks to talk about your individual circumstances and to offer any support and advice you may need.

If you have any immediate questions or concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on your plans to join us in September, there are several ways to get in touch:

  1. Speak to us right now on Live Chat
  2. Drop an email to admissions@aru.ac.uk
  3. Call us on 01245 686868

We know it's a very unsettling time but we will happily answer your questions and concerns to the best of our ability.

How are you managing the risks associated with coronavirus?

The coronavirus situation is evolving rapidly and we’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

We’re following the latest advice provided by Public Health England (PHE), and providing regular updates to our community – including current and prospective students.

Will my application still be processed within the normal timeframes?

We always strive to review applications and make you an offer in a timely way.

However, we may need to extend some of our offer-making periods. For example, if your application is based on predicted grades and your school, college or university is affected by closures, it may take longer for us to confirm an offer.

If your school or college is closed and you can’t send us all the documents we’ve asked for – such as transcripts or references – we can look at reviewing your timelines.

We will be closely monitoring the situation and will update this page as soon as possible.

Should I still attend my interview?

You may have been invited to an interview as part of your application process. We're making alternative arrangements for interviews and will be in touch to confirm details.

For more information including material to help you prepare for your interview, please check our dedicated pages for:

What happens if my school, college or university is closed?

We know that the situation varies across Europe and around the world, and that you’ll have concerns about the effect of closures on your studies and university application.

In some countries all schools are closed; in other countries individual schools or universities may be closed, or teaching may be restricted. We expect exam boards or awarding bodies to make allowances for this, and will monitor the situation.

If your school, college or university offers opportunities for online learning or video tutorials, we encourage you to take part so that you’re as well-prepared as possible for exams and assessments.

We’re receiving updates from schools, agents, partner institutions, the British Council, and awarding bodies, and will take any steps we can to minimise the impact for you.

What happens if I can’t sit exams?

In the UK, GCSE and A level exams have been cancelled and teachers will estimate grades, based on coursework, mock exams and other evidence.

Outside of the UK, the situation varies and it's possible that special arrangements may be put in place. Your school or college may be able to tell you more, or you can check the relevant exam board websites.

Exam boards and awarding bodies understand that you will be affected by school and college closures. Many have published advice and information about the steps they are taking to help.

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

Most new students will now be joining us in September 2020. We hope that visa centres, if they have closed, will re-open in plenty of time for you to apply for a visa.

To apply for your student visa, you’ll need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from us. We usually start to issue these in June.

The UK Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, issued a letter to students on 26 March. This sets out the latest advice and arrangements from Government, in particular around visa arrangements for international students.

Letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities

If you’re due to start a course at ARU in April, May or early summer, we will be in contact with you to provide advice – but if you have specific concerns or questions please email us at internationaladmissions@anglia.ac.uk.

Will I be able to sit an English language test?

We offer our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) at our campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, but unfortunately, we have had to temporarily suspend testing.

We are looking at alternative options to let you take our test safely and securely.

If you have already booked a test we will be in contact with you.

We know that IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson have had to suspend English language testing in some places, in line with official requirements. We are considering how best to support prospective students who are planning to take one of these tests and will be in contact with applicants over the coming weeks.

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

this?

Yes, if you’re interested in studying abroad as part of your degree, we recommend applying as normal.

If you’re starting a course at ARU in September 2020, this means applying by January 2021 for the following year. You can complete an application form once you’ve started studying with us.

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

At the moment, all our campuses are closed and events such as Open Days and campus tours are not taking place.

However we will be sharing the expertise and spirit of our community here at ARU with you through our digital channels over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can still find out more about ARU by joining our Applicant Facebook Group where you can chat with current students, connect with your future classmates and get answers to your questions.

Can I still apply for accommodation at ARU?

Yes, accommodation applications are open as normal.

If you’re joining us in September 2020, you can view our halls and houses and visit our online portal to reserve accommodation.

We’ll confirm accommodation offers once you have an unconditional offer to study with us.