Coronavirus: applicants and offer holders international

Covid 19 - Our measures for your safety


Will Roehampton still be open for September 2020?

In September, our aim is that our spacious 54-acre parkland campus will be open for students and staff to enjoy safely. This includes our teaching facilities, study areas, library, student accommodation, social spaces and other amenities, all with appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing. The measures we will have in place to ensure and protect the health and wellbeing of our community are being deployed and will be ready fully by September. They will be in line with government guidance.

This Autumn, we plan to provide smaller group teaching on-campus, with larger group teaching online. We intend to be as flexible to your needs as we can be to ensure you have the best possible experience. 

Additionally, you will have 24/7 access to our excellent online academic support, careers and wellbeing resources.

Will you have places in Clearing? 

There will be places available on some of our programmes in Clearing. We will be posting information online nearer the time along with a full list of programmes available. 

I might arrive late. When is the latest enrolment date for courses starting September 2020?

We fully intend to be able to welcome all students joining us on our campus at the start of term on Monday 21 September, or earlier during arrivals week. However, should students need to, we can allow enrolment on most of our courses as late as Monday 19 October 2020. We will put in place additional academic support for those enrolling late.

Induction week runs from 21 September – 2 October, and for the majority of activities will be possible to complete online. However, some aspects of induction, such as visa checks will need to be carried out face-to-face. These interactions will be safely conducted following recommended guidelines. First scheduled teaching for undergraduates and postgraduate taught will be on or around the 5 October.

This Autumn, we plan to provide smaller group teaching on-campus, with larger group teaching online. We intend to be as flexible to your needs as we can be and we will therefore also provide the option of studying entirely online for the first term if you would like to, where this is possible. This would continue if there is a second coronavirus situation after you arrive in the UK and the Government permits online study for international students.

The visa application centres in my country are closed and I haven't got my visa yet. How will this affect me being able to enrol on my Pre-Sessional English course or main programme in September

If you are unable to secure your visa to come to the UK in time to join your course we will be as flexible as possible. We have made arrangements to support students arriving late and will provide the option of studying online on most of our courses, should students experience delays in joining us.

If you cannot come to the UK before this date, you will have the option to study entirely online for the first term on most of our courses. We will then help you to make a visa application to start studying with us from the Spring Term.

Please use the following links to find out if the visa application centres (VAC) in your country have reopened:

Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East visit All other countries visit

We have moved all our Pre-Sessional English (PSE) courses online. Find out more about our online PSE course 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.

Will the University extend the deadline for meeting entry requirements to students who cannot get a visa or experience a delay in receiving their exam results?

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us. We will be as flexible as possible, including supporting visa applications until the latest viable date whilst ensuring students are provided with additional support where required at the start of their studies. Enrolment on Autumn courses will need to have happened by 19 October.

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

Please see our Pre-Sessional English Language website

I am required to make a tuition fee deposit payment. If I make a payment, will this be refunded if I am unable to travel due to restrictions in September?

We understand that these are unprecedented times and we will consider every case on an individual basis. If you cannot travel due to restrictions imposed by the authorities, you will have the option of a refund or you will be able to defer to the next available intake. You can find a link to our deposit policy here.

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.

If you are required to quarantine and are living in Roehampton students accommodation, you will be able to do so rent-free.

What is the alternative for international students to the usual September 2020 intake? Can I defer to January 2021?

As well as being able to enrol later than normal this autumn, we have also expanded the number of courses available in January. The list of courses available in January is available here.

If you accept an offer of a place on a programme starting in September 2020 and later wish to change to a January 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.

I was scheduled to attend an admissions interview. What do I do?

All of those who were due to be interviewed are being contacted by the University, and we are seeking to undertake all interviews via online video calls. For further information please contact

I'm worried that the travel restrictions will stop me entering the country to begin my studies in September.

The University is closely and following UK Government guidance to monitor the impact of travel restrictions. At this moment in time, we anticipate that you will be able to enter the UK to begin your studies in September although current travellers are subject to quarantine. This may though change prior to this Autumn and we will update these FAQs. All offer holders will be kept updated regularly of our plans and the impact of any changes to UK Government advice.

How will a socially distanced airport pick up work?

We are currently planning how our pick-up service will operate and we are considering a range of options to ensure that students can be picked up safely. We will communicate more details on pick up arrangements shortly.

How will international orientation work?

We will be offering a 'blended' orientation, which will be available to attend online, alongside some on-campus events.  

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.

What happens if I have to go into quarantine on arrival in University-managed accommodation?

The University will provide two weeks of free accommodation for students who have to go into quarantine on their arrival into the UK.