If you've applied to ARU – or are thinking about applying – this information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) is for you. It includes advice about events such as Open Days.
If you're already studying at ARU, check our advice for current students.
On this page, we’ve answered some key questions about applying to university and studying at ARU. We’ll continue to update this information as the coronavirus situation develops.
You'll find further information on our FAQs page – this focuses on teaching and learning arrangements once you start at ARU, and student support services.
The coronavirus situation continues to evolve rapidly and we’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
We’re following the latest advice from Public Health England and the UK Government. Students starting returning to campus in September 2020, and we've worked hard to create a Covid-secure environment and manage the risk of coronavirus transmission.
We're providing regular updates to our community, including prospective students.
Yes, we're following our usual student admissions processes as far as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on your plans to join ARU, there are several ways to get in touch:
If you were affected by changes to exam arrangements in summer 2020, we're also happy to discuss the situation and offer information and support.
Our campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough are all open.
We've made a number of adjustments to create Covid-secure campuses and help manage the risk of coronavirus transmission. This includes some changes to teaching and learning arrangements. As the coronavirus situation develops, we'll keep these arrangements under review.
Currently, teaching is organised into 'blocks' to allow for social distancing and to prevent crowds forming. Our students can also access other facilities outside of their teaching blocks, such as campus libraries.
Campus teaching is supported by a rich range of online group teaching and learning activities. Some courses use specialist learning spaces, such as skills labs, and have additional time allocated in those spaces.
If you're looking to start a course in September 2021, accommodation bookings usually open in February (exact date to be confirmed).
We’ll confirm accommodation offers once you have an unconditional offer to study with us.
We're committed to provide an outstanding educational experience and excellent support for all our apprentices.
Following close consultation with employers, professional bodies and the Students' Union, we are planning for the majority of ARU apprentices to learn off campus from September to December. The exceptions will be Town Planner, Chartered Surveyor and Bioinformatician. For these courses further information will be shared with your employer shortly.
Arrangements may change from January 2021 onwards. We'll update this page with more information.
If you would like to discuss any of the information below, please contact our International Office.
Yes. You can defer your start date to January if you wish to. Please email our international admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, applicant ID number and deferral request.
Most new students will now be joining us in January 2021. 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.
If you have specific concerns or questions please email us at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily suspend delivery of our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) at our campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. 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.
If you would like to take a test, but haven't yet booked, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know when tests become available again.
We are aware that in a number of locations, these tests have been suspended in line with official requirements of healthcare authorities, due to COVID-19. Please visit our entry requirements page for updates on alternative tests we recognise.
We will refund your deposit (usually paid by international students) if you are not able to join us due to issues relating to COVID-19. The refund will be paid in full, subject to any exchange rate fluctuations and bank charges.
Alternatively, you can choose to join us in January 2021 (or September 2021 for courses that do not have January start dates), and we can hold your deposit for then.
Please note that refunds may not be given if a visa is refused, arising from the submission of false or incomplete information to the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration service (UKVI).
The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, issued a letter to international students about studying in the UK from autumn 2020. Read the letter below.